In its inaugural ranking of online MBA programs, Poets&Quants, a leading resource for complete coverage of graduate business education, has ranked the Georgia Southern online MBA No. 18 in its list of 25 schools across the country.
To determine the MBA rankings, Poets&Quants adheres to three core facets in measuring the value of any educational undertaking: the quality of the incoming students, an assessment by graduates of the MBA experience, both academically and the extracurricular activities, and the career outcomes of a program’s graduates. Equal weight was placed on these three features in addition to gathering data from school and alumni surveys.
According to Poets&Quants, the school survey asked for a variety of statistics from admission standards to global immersion trips, while the alumni survey was sent to MBA graduates, who were asked about their impressions on a wide range of topics, from whether the program fulfilled their expectations to whether they would recommend the program to others.
Many graduates of the online MBA program recognize the benefits of its flexibility for working professionals to continue their education. One of those students, MBA graduate Antonio Gonzalez (’15), worked as a field service engineer for five years and reached the point where his technical knowledge and experience were simply not enough to advance his career.
Gonzalez was impressed with Georgia Southern’s online MBA, which allowed him to excel in his coursework while working full-time.
“The MBA [program] has given me a better understanding of corporate business practices and procedures,” Gonzalez said. “It has provided me the tools to deal with a variety of real-world business situations.”
The Georgia Southern online MBA is an AACSB-accredited, 30-credit hour program that allows students to take two courses per semester for five consecutive semesters. The program, which is approximately 21 months, offers working professionals the opportunity to advance their careers with little interruption to their personal and professional lives. To learn more about the Georgia Southern online MBA, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/onlinemba.
Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research institution founded in 1906, offers 142 degree programs serving more than 27,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.
Double Eagle Sarah Beth Todd (’11, MBA ’13) is no stranger to serving her community.
At various points throughout her academic career at Georgia Southern, Todd served as a University BUILD leader, SOAR leader, Southern Ambassador, Eagle Entertainment (now University Programming Board) publicity chair, and Habitat for Humanity Statesboro ReStore volunteer among her many other activities and services.
“I did a lot of different service work at Georgia Southern and felt like the University really helped me realize my passion for that,” said Todd. “Before even starting as a freshman at BUILD, I really got a taste of working for Habitat for Humanity right off the bat, and it made me want to get more involved.”
So it’s no surprise that just a few years later, Todd is continuing to serve by spearheading Georgia Power’s participation in The Bert Show’s “The Big Thank You” initiative.
A pricing analyst for the company, Todd has spent the last three years dedicating her time giving back to Georgia Power and her community. She is a Citizen of Georgia Power volunteer and embodies the spirit of the company’s motto, “We’re a citizen wherever we serve.”
In early 2016, Todd began encouraging her co-workers to participate in “The Big Thank You,” an initiative to send letters of gratitude to American soldiers stationed overseas. The letters are delivered annually on Thanksgiving week.
“I have family, some who have previously served and some who are currently serving in the military,” said Todd. “I find ‘The Big Thank You’ is a simple way to bring a lot of joy to someone’s life.”
Since starting the project, Todd said she has received emails from veterans who have expressed their gratitude for this project, often saying that receiving mail overseas is the best part of their entire week.
“One [veteran] recently told me the very first time he was deployed overseas was over Christmas,” she said. “Walking off a plane in the Middle East and receiving a sweet letter really meant a lot to him. He still has that letter to this day. The personal impact it has on people like that — that’s what got me engaged.”
In her first year leading the initiative, Todd helped collect 1,000 handwritten letters. She set a goal to increase the number of letters each year, and collected 50 more letters for 2017. Next year she intends to reach out even more in the community and send at least 1,500 letters to soldiers.
In addition to her efforts with “The Big Thank You,” Todd participates annually in the Georgia Power-sponsored Run For the Reason American Cancer Society relay. This three-day run from Georgia Power’s headquarters in Atlanta all the way to St. Simons Island is just another way Todd likes to give back.
“That race and the letter-writing campaign are truly my heart,” she said.
Todd is thankful every day for her time at Georgia Southern for helping get her started in her career and opened her heart to serving others wherever she can.
“My background is all sales and marketing, and Georgia Southern prepared me very well for my career,” she said. “From the endless job opportunities on campus that gave me directly applicable work experience, to resume critiques and practice interviews I had ample opportunity to grow. Now my MBA is helping me with the financial and pricing aspect of what I’m currently doing.
“I’m so proud of how far I’ve come, and I attribute a lot of my success to my education and my experiences and my friends that I met at Georgia Southern. I couldn’t be prouder to be an alumna.”
Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 118 degree programs serving 20,418 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.
by Caroline Nimnicht, Marketing minor (’18)
Do you currently feel stuck in your career? Many high-paying careers are centered around the degree that you hold and can determine the title and position you attain. The Georgia Southern College of Business offers multiple graduate degrees that may be the strategic leap you need to advance your career.
Georgia Southern’s College of Business offers two MBA programs, an online program and a face-to-face program on two separate campuses; two master of accounting programs, an online program and a face-to-face program on the main campus in Statesboro; and an online master of science in applied economics (MSAE) program. Participating in and completing any of these AACSB-International accredited programs results in a business graduate degree that will lead you to advanced professional opportunities in the form of the skills you need for a new career, a job promotion, a salary increase within the company at which you currently work or retaining your current position by staying relevant in your field of expertise.
While a business graduate degree can benefit your career in multiple ways, the mere thought of going back to grad school can seem like an intimidating process. Yes, the process is time intensive, but the payoff and end goal are definitely worth it.
If obtaining an MBA degree is what you need to achieve your professional goals, look no further than the Georgia Southern College of Business. The Georgia Southern MBA complements any undergraduate degree or career path. In the online MBA program, you complete a fixed 30-credit hour curriculum, in a time and location independent format (asynchronous), in about 21 months. So, in less than two years, you will have completed your accredited MBA degree program.
If you are a working professional living in the Savannah/Chatham County region or surrounding area, the MBA in Savannah program is the one for you. The student who participates in this program takes classes with a cohort, typically two evenings each week, and students in this program, as in any Georgia Southern graduate business program, have full access to Georgia Southern computing, library and career services. In about 15 months, the student completes the program.
The student who participates in the MBA main campus program enjoys a full, college, campus experience in a part-time format suited for fully-employed Statesboro locals and well-qualified pre-professionals. Since you are on the main campus, you may take advantage of all that the main campus has to offer as well as taking additional electives offered by other graduate programs and utilizing financial assistance options.
Do you have an undergraduate degree in accounting but want to advance your skills or expertise? The two master of accounting programs that the Georgia Southern College of Business offers might be for you. The master of accounting (MAcc) degree allows students to continue their specialized studies in accounting, allowing those seeking careers as Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to get the appropriate number of hours needed to sit for the CPA exam. For the professional already working in the accounting field but who wants to advance his/her career, the online master of accounting (WebMAcc) degree is a 30-semester hour program with a team-based approach to online learning that helps ensure the student’s success.
The Georgia Southern College of Business also offers a master of science in applied economics. This online program’s goal is to provide graduates with analytical capabilities in economic development, financial economics and regulatory issues. As employers demand an ever-expanding range of skills from their employees, graduate programs prepare you for the next step in your career.
Obtaining any of the graduate degrees the Georgia Southern College of Business offers will benefit you in ways that the average undergraduate degree never will. It is never too late to go back to school if the end goal is career advancement, job security, personal growth, and career success.
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The AACSB International-accredited Georgia Southern University College of Business seeks to produce career-ready professionals by offering a broad array of high quality undergraduate and select graduate programs within a learning environment characterized by inspired teaching, relevant research and meaningful service. The college emphasizes close interactions and engagement among faculty, students and the business community. We offer undergraduate degrees in eight disciplines, three master’s programs and a Ph.D. in logistics and supply chain management. Our student-centered learning community presents, applies and extends the current boundaries of knowledge surrounding today’s dynamic global business environment. We search for new knowledge, both theoretical and practical, and insightful learning opportunities for our students, guided by common values of continuous improvement, excellence, integrity, accountability, respect and sustainability.