Southeast MBA Program Named a ‘Best’ Business 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 rankings reflect the Southeast MBA Program’s growing reputation as a top-tier institution in the state as well as nationwide. Princeton Review included only three Missouri schools in its 2019 Best Business School rankings – Southeast’s Harrison College of Business and Computing, the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri.

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According to Robert Franek, Princeton Review editor-in-chief, “We recommend Southeast Missouri State University as one of the best to earn an MBA. We chose the 252 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 18,400 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 252 business 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 conducted in the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 academic years.

“To be included in this list of top-tier institutions is a big deal to us.  We are honored to be one of only three universities in the state of Missouri to be listed,” said Dr. Jim Caldwell, director of Graduate Business and Computing Studies in Southeast’s Harrison College of Business and Computing. “It is a recognition of the relentless quest for excellence by our 29 graduate-faculty to provide our students with the very best.  It speaks to the quality relationships with our engaged alumni who refer their life-long-learning colleagues to us, teach with us in the classroom, help develop cutting-edge curriculum, and mentor our students.  It represents 21 years of loyal support from our University administration to allow us to provide this level of quality for our students. Recognition like this continues to build equity in our brand which creates life-changing opportunities for our students and alumni around the world.”

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.” Additional comments in the rankings referred to Southeast as “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.” 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 2017-2018 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 252, or name one business school best overall. Instead, Best Business Schools publishes rankings in several categories along with detailed profiles of the schools.

The MBA Program in Southeast’s Harrison College of Business and Computing 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. 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 (offered online), entrepreneurship and sport management (offered online).

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