MBA Program Featured in Princeton Review’s ‘Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition’



Oct. 9, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review.  The education services company features the school in the just published 2010 edition of its book, “The Best 301 Business Schools.”

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publishing, “We are pleased to recommend Southeast Missouri State University’s MBA program to readers of our book and users of our site,, as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn an MBA.   We chose the 301 business schools in this book based on our opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools.  We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our survey for the book.”

“The continuing national recognition of the high quality of the Southeast’s MBA program by the Princeton Review reflects the commitment of Harrison business faculty and staff to excellence and student success,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. “We have established processes that support continuous improvement in both our undergraduate and graduate programs and I’m pleased that our efforts to establish and maintain excellence have placed the Harrison College of Business among the top business programs in the nation.”

Princeton Review does not rank the business schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 301, or name one business school best overall.  

“The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition” has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement services.  In the profile on Southeast’s MBA program, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as: “offering students plenty of bang for their buck.” They quote a Southeast student who participated in the program as saying “it’s not Kellogg, but it’s as good as you’ll find for the money. I was an MBA at another university for a semester and transferred because the education there was not up to par with the tuition charged. SEMO, which charges much less, has provided a much better value.”

Another student said, “As a nontraditional student with over 30 years business experience, my reflections and experiences were sometimes sought and discussed as another means to broaden the overall picture of the real work place. I felt valued as a contributor by most professors and younger students. Diversity and variety seemed to be positive influences in most of my classes.”

In a “Survey Says . . . ” sidebar in the profile, The Princeton Review lists topics that Southeast MBA students it surveyed were in most agreement about, noting “solid preparation in presentation skills.” The sidebar also lists a “good peer network” and “cutting-edge classes.” The Princeton Review’s 80-question survey for the book asked students about themselves, their career plans, and their schools’ academics, student body and campus life.

The Master’s of Business Administration program at Southeast was initiated in 1996 in response to regional needs in the Southeast Missouri area. Since then, the program has experienced major increases and improvements in the number of part- and full-time students; quality of the program; internationalization of the program; integration of MBA students into academia through graduate assistantships; integration of technology throughout the curriculum; and the development of online (Web) courses and programs that facilitate flexibility for students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in business administration. The program also has expanded its degree options to include accounting, environmental management, financial management, general management, industrial management, international business, health administration, entrepreneurship and sport management.       

“The Best 301 Business Schools: 2010 Edition” also has advice on applying to business schools and funding the degree.   It is one of 165 Princeton Review books published by Random House.  The line includes annual guides to the best law schools and medical schools, plus guides to grad school admission exams and application essays.  The Princeton Review ( is also known for its guides to colleges and to standardized tests, its test-prep courses, tutoring and other education services.   The Princeton Review is based in Framingham, MA: its editorial offices are in New York City.  The company is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.