MBA (Master of Business Administration)

The MBA program at The University of Southern Mississippi offers a quality education, which can be verified by the following accomplishments:
  1. The MBA program at Southern Miss is fully accredited by AACSB.  Fewer than 5% of the 15,000 business programs in the world have achieved this accreditation. 
  2. Our MBA program is ranked in the Top 200 “Best Part-Time MBA Programs” by U.S. News and World Report. 
  3. During the first year of participating in the rankings, our MBA program is ranked #136 “Best Online MBA Programs” by U.S. News and World Report.

 

MBA CURRICULUM

The MBA program is designed to meet the needs of full-time and working professional students. Classes are offered on the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses in a hybrid night class format and fully online. The hybrid format allows a student to complete two classes in one semester by attending class one night each week.

The MBA program at Southern Miss consists of 33 credit hours (24 core hours; 9 elective hours).  Full-time students can complete the MBA in as little as one year; working professional students can complete the program in as little as two years.

 

MBA CURRICULUM (EFFECTIVE FALL 2018)

 Course NumberCourse Name Credit Hours

 ACC 611
(formerly MBA 611)

Managerial Accounting

 3

 ED 620
(formerly MBA 620)
Global Location and Trade 3
 FIN 611
(formerly MBA 640)
Financial Management 3
 MGT 600
(formerly MBA 600)
Org. Behavior and Leadership 3
 MGT 611
(formerly MBA 610)
Analytical Decision Making  3
 MGT 650
(formerly MBA 650)
 Global Business Systems 3
 MGT 660
(formerly MBA 660)
 Global Business Strategy 3
 MKT 600
(formerly MBA 605)
 Marketing Management 3
  ELECTIVES 

 Nine hours of electives chosen from (3hrs each):

  1. Accounting
  2. Analytics
  3. Economic Development
  4. Sport Event Security Management Emphasis
  5. Sport Management
  6. Study Abroad Opportunities
 9

TOTAL

33 HOURS

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • MBA application completed online through the Graduate Application Portal
  • Official transcript(s) sent to the Graduate School or International Services (Students who attended USM do not need to request a USM transcript.)
    1. Conditional admission – minimum 2.5 GPA on the last 60 hours of the applicant’s bachelor’s degree
    2. Regular admission – minimum 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of the applicant’s bachelor’s degree
    3. The average GPA of students admitted to the program is above a 3.3.
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores sent to the Graduate School or International Services
    1. Official GMAT or GRE score minimums have not been established, as the committee reviews the entire application package.  The average GMAT total score of students admitted is above 500.  This GRE Comparison Tool can be used to obtain a predicted GMAT total score.
    2. Click here for more information on possible GMAT/GRE waivers.
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores sent to International Services for international applicants
    1. TOEFL minimum – 71
    2. IELTS minimum – 6
    3. PTE minimum – 53
  • Three letters of recommendation – professional and academic letters preferred; only one personal letter is accepted, if needed; enter the recommenders’ contact information in the Graduate Application Portal for the recommenders to receive an email to upload their letters
  • Cover letter – a professional letter to highlight and expound on the applicant’s resume; an introduction to the committee; upload in the Application Self-Service Center after application is submitted
  • Professional resume – please include part-time, full-time, management, and military work experience, along with the relevant dates of employment; upload in the Application Self-Service Center after application is submitted
    1. While not required for admission, work experience after the bachelor’s degree is valued.  On average MBA students have seven years of post-bachelor’s degree professional experience.
  • Statement of purpose – explain why you want to earn your MBA from USM in no more than two pages, double-spaced; upload in the Application Self-Service Center after application is submitted
  • Immunization records

 

PREREQUISITES

The MBA program is designed for business and non-business majors.  Three prerequisites are required before applying to the MBA program.  These prerequisites can be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in a three credit hours course on the undergraduate or graduate level.

Accounting                 ACC 200, 220, BA 611 or the equivalent

Finance                       FIN 300, BA 670 or the equivalent

Statistics                      BA 201 or the equivalent

 

The Graduate Certificate in Business Foundations offers online, graduate level finance and accounting courses that can be used to satisfy two of the prerequisites.  Students interested in the MBA program can take the accounting and finance course to satisfy prerequisite requirements or earn the entire certificate for a better foundation in business concepts before beginning the MBA program.  Those needing a statistics prerequisite can take an undergraduate statistics course.

APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR US APPLICANTS

APRIL 1: SUMMER ADMISSION OR FALL ADMISSION SEEKING GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP

JUNE 1: FALL ADMISSION NOT SEEKING GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP
NOVEMBER 1: SPRING ADMISSION

 APPLICATION DEADLINES FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

APRIL 1: FALL ADMISSION SEEKING GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP
MAY 1: FALL ADMISSION NOT SEEKING GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP
OCTOBER 1: SPRING ADMISSION

 

CONTACT INFO

For more information on the MBA program at Southern Miss, please contact:

Heather Adams
Heather Sison

Graduate Program Advisor
h.l.adams@usm.edu
228.214.3496