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Auburn University’s College of Business

Auburn University's College of Business is ranked 82nd among the top 100 business schools in the U.S. by Poets&Quants.

Auburn University’s College of Business is ranked 89th among the top 100 business schools in the U.S. by Poets&Quants.


Auburn University

Harbert College of Business

415 West Magnolia Avenue

Lowder Business Building, Suite 503

Auburn, Alabama 36849

Admissions: 334-844-4060

Email: mbainfo@auburn.edu

Website: http://mba.business.auburn.edu/

Apply Online: http://mba.auburn.edu/media/documents/auburn-mba-application-for-admission.pdf

Application Deadlines:

Feb. 1 for full-time, on-campus MBA

Feb. 1 for distance MBA fall entry

Sept. 1 for distance MBA spring entry

The full-time enrollment of Auburn’s College of Business makes for an amazingly small and intimate MBA experience of just 39 students. But in addition to the on-campus MBA, there’s a video-based Distance MBA, an Executive MBA and a Physicians Executive MBA. The school also has more than 3,000 business undergraduates.

The full-time program is a lock-step 17-month experience with fall entry only. The core courses are pretty much what you would find in any MBA program: financial, quantitative and strategic analysis; organizational leadership & change, marketing, operations and info systems. And then there’s a menu of electives in finance, MIS, marketing, production/operations, sports management, and supply chain/logistics. There’s also an international studies trip and leadership development.

Most MBA students, of course, hold full-time jobs during the day and come to school at night for the affordable tuition. Given the low cost of the program, Auburn offers great value for the money which is why Forbes magazine has recognized the MBA program for its return on investment.

Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2014): NR

BusinessWeek (2014): NR

U.S. News & World Report (2015): 83 (Tie)

Forbes (2013): NR

Financial Times (2014): NR 

The Economist (2014): NR

Rankings Analysis:

Poets&Quants’ 2013 composite ranking places Auburn 89th, a  15-point slide from 74th in 2012. The dive was largely attributable to the fact that Forbes, which ranks full-time MBA programs on their return on investment, dropped the business school from its biennial ranking. Now, in 2015, Auburn’s Harbert College of Business has fallen all the way off of our top 100 ranking.

However, the next ranking season bodes school well for the school, which made significant progress in U.S. News & World Reports’ 2015 survey with a rank of 53rd, up from 75th in the last listing. The school also landed 64th on BusinessWeek’s 2012 survey – it was not ranked in the 2010 survey. The international rankings by The Economist and the Financial Times still overlook the school.

Full-Time Tuition & Fees: $50,344 (out-of-state), $18,880 (resident)

Average GMAT: 616

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 510-710

Average GPA: 3.23

GPA Range: 2.66 — 3.8

Acceptance Rate: 40.8%

Full-Time Enrollment: 65

Part-Time Enrollment: N/A

International: 33.8%

Female: 47.7%

Mean Age: 27

Average 2014 Base Salary: $56,913

Average 2014 Signing Bonus: $3,875

Percentage of Class of 2014 MBAs Employed at Graduation: 58.8%

Percentage of Class of 2014 MBAs Employed Three Months Later: 85.3%

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.