Southeast MBA Program Featured in The Princeton Review’s ‘Best 290 Business Schools: 2008 Edition’


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Robert A. Dempster Hall is the home of the Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University.


Oct. 10, 2007 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is an outstanding business school, according to The Princeton Review.  The New York-based education services company features Southeast in the just-published 2008 edition of its “Best 290 Business Schools,” which features rankings uniquely based on student surveys.

The Princeton Review compiled the list based on its surveys of 19,000 students attending the 290 business schools in the book and on school-reported data. 

“We compile our ranking lists in multiple categories based on what students report to us about their schools to help applicants decide which of these academically outstanding schools is best for them,” said Robert Franek, vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review.

The schools in The Princeton Review guidebooks are not ranked academically nor are they ranked hierarchically in any single category.  

Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University, said, “Being included among the top business programs, both domestically and internationally, by The Princeton Review provides external validation of  what the faculty has accomplished in regard to establishing a high quality business program that provides tremendous value to students.  I am especially pleased that the Harrison College of Business has been recognized by The Princeton Review four years in a row.  Such a record tells prospective students that the qualities and attributes that have been established –-that our program is personal, professional and practical — are enduring.  Students currently enrolled can be confident that they are very well prepared for that professional assignment they choose after they graduate.”

“Best 290 Business Schools” has two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and environment, career and placement services and admissions, plus ratings for their academics and selectivity. 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 from students attending who say, “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.”   

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

The school profiles in each book cover academics, admission, financial aid, campus life and career information.  “Best 290 Business Schools” also has advice on applying to schools and funding the degrees. The book is one of 200 Princeton Review titles published by Random House.  The line includes annual guides to the best law schools and medical schools, plus guides for graduate school admission exams.  The Princeton Review is known for its college and career guidebooks, its test-prep courses and other education services.  The company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Southeast’s MBA program is highly committed to providing excellence in the field of business administration. The program continually strives to provide its most valued assets, its students, with business studies for tomorrow’s business successes – a mission that, at all times, forces the program to understand the needs of its students and the competitive business environment. Its growing number of MBA electives is one of its most significant indications of fulfilling this mission.

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