The University of Mississippi’s Master of Business Administration program has been ranked 76th nationally by Bloomberg Businessweek. The ranked schools are considered by Businessweek to offer the strongest education and best preparation for business careers.
Delvin Hawley, senior associate dean of the School of Business Administration, said that UM’s MBA program offers the students amazing opportunities along with tutelage from highly regarded faculty.
“Our program embraces the holistic student,” Hawley said. “We believe it is important to utilize opportunities both in the classroom and outside the class. In the classroom, students are taught by world-renowned faculty who are top researchers in their field. Their leadership in research ensures that our classes incorporate the most current and relevant information pertinent to business success.
“Students are engaged in a curriculum that encompasses core skills including finance, marketing, management and entrepreneurship. They are taught the latest trends and developments that are shaping the future of business. Beyond the classroom, the program provides opportunities for students to develop and hone their professional skills. Additionally, we emphasize the importance of building their professional network by offering a mentorship program, bringing in speakers from various industries and providing special events throughout the year that allow students to engage with professionals. They obtain the knowledge plus build their network – thus allowing them a competitive advantage.”
Previously, the MBA program has been ranked in the 90s. The new ranking shows that the program has evolved and offers a uniqueness other programs do not.
“The University of Mississippi MBA program is an exceptional value for our students,” Hawley said. “Students get an outstanding educational experience from an internationally accredited and highly respected business school at a fraction of the cost that they would pay in most comparable MBA programs. Support from our MBA alumni board makes our program unique. The board realizes the importance of professional development and has created a series of professional development workshops to make Ole Miss MBAs stand out. As leaders and professionals, our board members understand the big picture. They want our graduates to carry a polished resume in their hand, to walk with confidence into an interview and to be a valued employee within their company. Their time and dedication to prepare our students is an asset to our program.”
Surveys administered by the School of Business were given to students to gauge their sentiments about the education they receive, as well as the investment they made in attending the school. The survey asked the question, “What was the best thing about your program?” The students responded with various responses, but one is worth noting.
“I think it was the best value I could find that was available to someone like myself, a liberal arts graduate with no idea how to make myself a more marketable asset in the business world. In a short, rigorous year, I evolved from a college graduate with no job opportunities to accepting an offer to work for a Fortune 100 company.”
While Hawley is proud of the success of the MBA program, he wants to see success continue, and he and his staff have a plan in place to keep the MBA program in the national spotlight.
“Our MBA program fosters an environment that aligns with the findings of this ranking – great leadership and collaboration are important for success,” Hawley said. “The School of Business Administration has an outstanding leader, Dean Ken Cyree, whose support is evident through his everyday involvement with our program and presence at events.
“His leadership coupled alongside incredible faculty, staff, students and alumni make our program valuable. We will continue to focus efforts on recruitment and student support. Our goal is to increase enrollment with strong candidates. While in the program, we want to equip our MBA students with tools that will make them stand out in a competitive workforce and be successful in the job market. Upon graduation, we believe our graduates will share and contribute to future growth of the program.”
Another plus of the program is that students are actively seeking and finding employment after graduating from the MBA program.
“Recently, we implemented exit interviews with each student,” Hawley said. “These interviews are relevant to give us a pulse on where the students are in their job search and what tools they used to get a job. According to interviews conducted with May and August graduates, 67 percent had jobs prior to degree completion. Studies indicate that three months postgraduation is pivotal. Therefore, we will continue to diligently track our students.”