July 30, 2014  

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Southern Miss College of Business Changes Prerequisites for MBA Program

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With a focus on eliminating barriers to degree completion, The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business has implemented significant changes to its Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program.

The most beneficial change involves scaling back the prerequisites for enrollment in the MBA program – especially for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in a business field. The new prerequisites for the program include a three-hour course (undergraduate or graduate) in each of three fields: statistics, accounting and finance.

“Our goal is to eliminate barriers to the MBA program. This extends our reach in the Gulf South region the University serves and provides more access to individuals interested in the MBA degree program,” said Dr. Beth LaFleur, associate dean in the College of Business and director of the MBA program. “As the College of Business eliminates barriers to enrollment, the program will grow in size and diversity.”

Additional prerequisite changes include the following:

  • Applicants have a choice of two admission tests and can now take either the GMAT or the GRE exam.
  • Applicants can apply for a waiver of out-of-state tuition fees, if they live in the immediate region (areas of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida).
  • The MBA program is available on both campus locations of the University – Hattiesburg and Gulf Park in Long Beach, Miss.

Currently, the Southern Miss MBA program consists of 50 students. LaFleur points out that some are completing the degree on a part-time basis while they work full-time. Others are completing the degree as full-time students over the course of a year. These students are located in the Hattiesburg area and also across the Gulf South region. During the 2012-13 academic year, 16 MBA students completed the MBA degree program.

“The College of Business is an educational leader in the Gulf South region for providing innovative approaches that address business needs,” said Dr. Faye Gilbert, dean of the College of Business at Southern Miss. “The new initiatives assist us and our constituents in acquiring business outcomes that will make a difference in individual skills and in the development of our region.”

For more information about programs within the Southern Miss College of Business, call the Hattiesburg campus 601.266.4659 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/business; call the Gulf Park campus at 228.214.3447 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/gulfcoast/business