Southeast MBA Program Named A ‘Best’ B-School by Princeton Review


Southeast Missouri State University’s 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 its 2018 annual business school rankings at

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 267 on-campus MBA programs schools on this list 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 23,000 students attending these schools who reported on their experiences at their schools on our 80-question student survey.”

The Princeton Review’s on-campus MBA survey asked students at the 267 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 the 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017 academic years.

“The Harrison College of Business is again very excited to learn that Princeton Review recognized our quality MBA program.  Our faculty and staff have worked diligently to create a graduate business program that is highly engaging and fosters the development of strong analytic skills,” said Dr. Judy Wiles, interim dean of the Harrison College of Business. “We bring a number of business leaders to campus each semester to help students connect with the ‘real-world’ of business and to challenge our students to excel in their chosen field.  Maintaining our AACSB accreditation is a signal to others that we participate in a rigorous quality improvement process.  This ranking further communicates that Southeast Missouri State’s MBA has earned distinction in the world of graduate business education.”

The Princeton Review’s business school 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 providing a “top notch education at an affordable price.” The profile continues, “An inexpensive public school, ‘the University provides an excellence bang for your buck,’ yet doesn’t skimp on a quality education.”

The profile also quotes students who said, “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 said, “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.”

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

The school profiles in this year’s rankings have five categories of ratings that The Princeton Review tallies based on institutional data it collected during the 2016-17 academic year and/or its on-campus MBA student survey. Among them are Academic Experience, Admissions Selectivity, Career, Professors Interesting, and Professors Accessible.

The Princeton Review does not rank the on-campus MBA programs from 1 to 267, or name one business school best overall. Instead, Best Business Schools 2018 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 5 percent of the world’s business schools. Southeast 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).