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        MBA program earns more national rankings

        September 2, 2014 By Joe McAdory

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        Two thumbs up for Harbert College’s MBA program. On Tuesday, The Financial Engineer ranked the college’s MBA program 56th nationally out of 236. Later in the day, Poets&Quants released its Top 20 Online MBA programs in the U.S. – ranking Harbert No. 20. Poets and Quants“The rankings keep flowing,” beamed Stan Harris, Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs. “It is fitting that our campus and online MBA programs have both recently been recognized for their quality and value. The programs are fundamentally intertwined. Both have the same courses taught by the same outstanding faculty and supported by the same dedicated staff.” Poets&Quants’ article “An online MBA for the price of a Jeep,” focuses on Auburn’s online MBA program and its value at the fraction of the cost of many others. Among Poets &Quants’ Top 20, Harbert’s listed 2013 tuition was the least expensive at $27,900. The average tuition among the other Top 20 colleges was $65,962. Harbert was one of only three SEC MBA programs (Florida and Missouri) to make the Top 20. The Financial Engineer labeled its rankings “the most comprehensive for graduate business programs in the United States.” Colleges were scored based on mean GMAT scores, mean starting salaries and bonuses, mean undergraduate GPA, acceptance rate, full-time graduates employed at graduation and full-time graduates employed within three months of graduation. “Our programs are propelled by a virtuous cycle: high-quality students are attracted to our value and quality and rankings, they get a great education and the ‘Auburn Family’ experience, and they graduate with enhanced opportunities and a strong return on their investment,” Harris said. “As a result, our rankings improve, another class of quality students is motivated to apply, and the cycle starts anew. Behind it all and driving the momentum is a faculty and staff that are continually looking for ways to make the learning experience even more meaningful and impactful.” High rankings are nothing new for Harbert College’s graduate programs. In January, U.S. News & World Report ranked Harbert No. 2 nationally in “financial value” among MBA programs. The magazine also ranked Harbert’s online graduate program 12th nationally. Forbes ranked Harbert’s MBA program 27th nationally among public universities. “We know our MBA offerings are great and we welcome continued recognition of this fact by outside groups,” Harris added. For more information about Harbert College’s MBA or other graduate programs, contact the MBA office at (334) 844-4060.