Princeton Review Names Southeast MBA Program a ‘Best’ B-School


princeton-review-book-cover-2017Southeast Missouri State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been ranked among the nation’s outstanding business schools by The Princeton Review.

The education services company has profiled the program in the new 2017 edition of its annual book, “The Best 294 Business Schools” (Penguin Random House/Princeton Review Books) published this week and available on its site at Princeton Review surveyed 25,000 students attending the 294 business schools included in the book. Students were asked an 80-question survey to rate their schools on several topics and report on their experience.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, “We recommend Southeast Missouri State University as one of the best to earn an MBA. We chose the 294 schools in this book based on our high regard for their academics and our assessment of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of 25,000 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question survey for the book.

The Princeton Review’s survey asked students at the 294 b-schools about their school’s academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys that were used for this edition were completed online at and conducted in 2015-2016, 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 academic years.

“The recent recognition by Princeton Review continues a long history of the Harrison MBA Program being included among the best MBA programs in the nation,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. “This ranking reflects the commitment of Harrison business faculty to excellence, high academic standards and student success.  The recognition by Princeton Review also validates the mission of Southeast Missouri State University as a regional, comprehensive public university.”

The book’s two-page profiles have sections on academics, student life, admissions information and graduates’ employment data. In the profile on Southeast’s MBA Program, the Princeton Review editors describe the school as a “top-notch education at an affordable price.” The profile continues, “An inexpensive public school, ‘the university provides an excellent bang for your buck,’ yet doesn’t skimp on a quality education.”

The profile also quotes students who say, “Their international programs were the best experience of my life!” Another said, “The class environment is unique, in that it is very professional, as if you were going to work.” Yet another student is quoted as saying, “The professors at Southeast are wonderful. Not only are they experienced in their field, but their teaching styles are excellent.”

Students also said, “Class sizes are small, so professors get to know you pretty well.” Small class sizes also facilitate networking between students, they say. “Having a smaller campus helps you connect with a wide variety of people in a variety of fields,” which makes “classroom discussions very interesting and relevant to the real world.”

Students surveyed also boasted about the program’s career services. One said, “The MBA office does a great job of making MBA students aware of job opportunities that come to its attention.” Another said, “The school puts a great deal of effort (into helping) students get jobs after graduation and organizes various networking events throughout the semester.”

Students also said MBA program participants are more diverse and that the atmosphere is more collaborative that competitive.

The school profiles in “The Best 294 Business Schools” have five categories of ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2015-2016 academic year and/or its student survey of the book. Among them are “Academic Experience,” “Admissions Selectivity” and “Career” data.

The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the book hierarchically or name one business school best overall. Instead, it publishes rankings in several categories along with detailed profiles of the schools.

The MBA Program in Southeast’s Harrison College of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an honor held by only 20 percent of colleges in the country and fewer than 400 MBA programs worldwide. Students may choose from nine degree options: general management (offered both online and face-to-face), international business, accounting, finance, environmental management, industrial management, health administration, entrepreneurship and sport management (offered online).