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Masters of Applied Economics most affordable online program

Georgia Southern University has the most affordable online Master’s in Economics for 2019 according to SR Education Group. 

The Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) in the Parker College of Business is a fully online graduate program that offers working professionals the opportunity to advance their career with the skills needed to perform analyses of financial markets, government regulation, international trade, health care and economic development, among other industries. 

Through the program, students learn to evaluate business decisions and policy programs while gaining skills to explain the progression of various events and their impact on the economy in a business or policy context. In addition to the MSAE, Georgia Southern University offers a graduate certificate in applied economics.

“We are very proud to be able to offer a high-quality program at an affordable price,” states Amanda King, Ph.D., professor of economics and MSAE coordinator. “Students who complete our program have a marketable, analytical skill set that allows them to make business decisions in a diverse and changing data driven world.”

SR Education Group compiled a list of the most affordable MSAE programs in the nation, and Georgia Southern’s MSAE program ranked No. 1 with an annual tuition of $5,370. 

To be considered for this ranking, schools needed to be regionally accredited and offer at least one fully online degree in economics. 

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Georgia Southern student team achieves first place win for first time at national IANA Expo Competition

Jerry Burke, Ph.D., department chair for logistics and supply chain management,
David Vaughn, John Eubanks, Santiago Suarez, Marc Scott, Ph.D.,
assistant professor of logistics and supply chain management.

A team of undergraduate logistics students from the Parker College of Business won the Intermodal Association of North America’s (IANA) ninth Intermodal EXPO Academic Challenge in Long Beach, California. This win, the university’s first in this annual national competition, follows back-to-back wins at IANA-UNF competitions as Georgia Southern University students continue to outperform IANA scholar schools in the past few years. 

Three Parker College of Business student leaders with varied backgrounds and interests, John Eubanks and Parker Business Scholars David Vaughn and Santiago Suarez, outscored the competition with their response to a business case study that focused on analyzing volume trends from both the intermodal and over-the-road perspectives. Georgia Southern was one of seven IANA scholarship schools that competed. 

“It was an absolute honor being able to represent Georgia Southern University and the Parker College of Business at the IANA competition,” said Suarez. “I am very grateful that I was given this opportunity that allowed me to develop professional skills like teamwork, public speaking, research and data analysis. Overall, this has been the most beneficial, educational and challenging experience I have had in college. Getting first place is a reflection of the excellent job the [Logistics &] Supply Chain Management Department and the Parker College are making at preparing students for success.”

The competition supports class instruction designed to educate logistics and intermodal transportation students, thereby attracting them to the industry upon graduation.

“I found the IANA Competition to be an indelible experience that gave me valuable opportunities to better my research, teamwork, presentation and networking skills,” said Vaughn. “I know that all of the skills and relationships this competition helped me develop will prove essential in my remaining semesters in college as well as the entirety of my professional career. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and will always remember the Parker College faculty who helped make it possible.”

Marc Scott, Ph.D., assistant professor of logistics and supply chain management and director of the Southern Center for Logistics and Intermodal Transportation, believes a hands-on learning opportunity such as competition like this gives students an advantage over their peers.

“I think that this competition drives value in three ways,” stated Scott. “It connects students with the industry, which makes them enthusiastic; the case study itself encourages critical thinking, and it shows to the students there’s a lot of opportunity in this industry.”

Since IANA began the Scholarship Program, it has awarded more than $2.8 million to support students in university programs focused on freight and intermodal transportation. These funds support tuition, student research projects on intermodal issues, and curriculum development.

Parker College of Business to host IANA Applied Research Competition

The Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Georgia Southern University’s Parker College of Business has partnered with the Georgia Ports Authority and TCW, Inc. to host the first-ever GS-IANA Logistics Applied Research Challenge. The competition is made possible through support and funding from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA).

The GS-IANA Logistics Applied Research Challenge will allow junior and senior undergraduate logistics students to gain professional development experience and a deeper understanding of the intermodal freight transportation industry. 

The Fall 2019 business case for which students will create solutions will be developed by the Georgia Ports Authority and TCW, Inc. leadership teams, along with faculty from the Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Students will earn valuable exposure to highly relevant, important and complex business challenges faced in intermodal supply chains, and it will offer an opportunity for student teams to research, solve and present solutions to a panel of judges comprised of industry executives, government officials and logistics faculty members.

The GS-IANA Logistics Applied Research Challenge will begin with the case presentation on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Parker College of Business. Following the case presentation, the logistics student teams will conduct research and analyze the best solutions to the real-world problem. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the student teams will present their findings to a panel of judges in the Performing Arts Center on the Statesboro Campus, where the top four teams will advance to the final competition. During a lunch presentation at the Georgia Ports Authority on Friday, Nov. 8, the four teams will compete for IANA scholarships.

The challenge seeks to advance IANA’s Scholarship Award Program goals by advancing intermodal freight transportation education through the delivery of a competition that exposes and develops the next generation of leaders and managers, conducts intermodal freight research and analysis, and creates engagement between students and transportation executives. The Georgia Southern University logistics program is one of nine IANA Scholarship Award programs in the nation.

Georgia Southern’s MSAE recognized by Best Value Schools

The Georgia Southern University Parker College of Business online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) has been recognized as one of the five best online master’s programs in economics for 2020.

“We are very proud to be able to offer a high-quality program at an affordable price,” stated Amanda King, Ph.D., professor of economics and MSAE coordinator. “Students who complete our program have a marketable analytical skill set that allows them to make business decisions in a diverse and changing data-driven world.”

The Georgia Southern University MSAE is a fully online, asynchronous program with stackable credentials for working professionals. This allows students in the program to continue working while they complete the coursework. The graduate program can be completed in as few as five semesters with students taking two courses per semester. 

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Propeller Club recognizes Parker College of Business Students

Alecia Breen (left) and Mohammad Abdallah

Two students in the Parker College of Business have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Propeller Club United States – Port of Savannah. 

Mohammad Abdallah and Alecia Breen received the Gus Dubus Scholarship, which is awarded by the Propeller Club each year to four area college students who maintain a 3.0 GPA while majoring in logistics and intermodal transportation. 

“The Propeller Club – Port of Savannah is all about bringing the maritime community together,” stated Abdallah, senior logistics student and Parker Business Scholar. “To be a part of this prestigious award will not only develop my network but also build my résumé. The money was great, but the ability to build my network was priceless.”

The scholarship is named for the late Gus Dubus who was a Savannah maritime lawyer and past president of the Propeller Club. 

The Propeller Club of Savannah is comprised of nearly 300 individuals representing more than 145 companies and groups that do business with or have a connection to the Savannah port. The group also sponsors the annual State of the Port address by Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.