Princeton Review Recognizes Southeast MBA Program


BS-EconomicsCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 14, 2014 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is outstanding, according to the education services company, The Princeton Review (

The Company features the program in the new 2015 edition of its book “The Best 296 Business Schools” (Random House/Princeton Review) published last week.

According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president-publisher, “We recommend Southeast Missouri State University as one of the best institutions a student could attend to earn an MBA. We chose the 296 schools we profile in this book based on our high regard for their academic programs and our reviews of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also solicited and greatly respect the opinions of students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey for the book.”

The Princeton Review’s survey asked 21,600 students at the 296 b-schools their opinions of their school’s academics, student body and campus life as well as about themselves and their career plans. The student surveys analyzed for this edition were all completed online at and conducted during the 2013-2014, 2012-2013, and 2011-2012 academic years.

“I believe our consistent record of being recognized for having a high quality MBA program by The Princeton Review speaks to the faculty’s commitment to excellence, the dedication of those directly supporting the MBA program on a daily basis, and our success in developing an environment that encourages student-faculty engagement,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. “Speaking for the entire Harrison College of Business, I appreciate this validation of our academic values, especially those focused on student learning.”

“The Best 296 Business Schools: 2015 Edition” has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life, career placement and admissions. In the profile on Southeast’s MBA Program, the Princeton Review editors describe the Southeast’s MBA program as providing a “top-notch education at an affordable price.” Editors describe Southeast’s MBA Program as providing “an excellent bang for your buck” while not skimping on the quality of education.

The profile quotes from students who say, “The class environment is unique, in that it is very professional, as if you were going to work.” Likewise, they said, “The teachers expect all students to come prepared and (they) develop helpful but strenuous assignments.” Yet another said, “The professors at Southeast are wonderful. Not only are they experienced in their field, but their teaching styles are excellent.” According to another student, “class sizes are small, so professors get to know you pretty well.” The small size also facilitates networking among students, they say, adding “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,” and 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 diverse and that the atmosphere is more collaborative than competitive.

The school profiles in “The Best 296 Business Schools” have school ratings in five categories that The Princeton Review tallied based on institutional data it collected during the 2013-2014 academic year. Among them are scores reflecting the school’s “Admissions Selectivity” and “Career” statistics.

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

The MBA Program of 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).

The Princeton Review is an education services company headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts.