The Harbert MBA: What You Need To Know
Founded in 1856, the University of Auburn was the first land-grant college in the South. The College has since gained recognition for its D1 football team and traditions, as well as its beautiful campus. Just an hour’s drive away is the capital of Montgomery with the rich history of being the center for the civil rights movement. The full-time enrollment for Auburn’s Harbert College of Business at Auburn University makes for a small and intimate MBA experience of approximately 79 students.
“A lot of what Auburn is based on is family. They try to make you feel like family from the moment you step foot on campus. The people make it feel like home for you,” says MBA Jerry James II.
The school has over 6,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. The full-time program is a lockstep 17-month cohort-based experience on campus. Alternatively to the full-time MBA, students can choose a video-based distance OMBA, an Executive MBA, and a Physicians Executive MBA.
The core courses are pretty much what you would find in any lock-step MBA program, with 10 core courses and 3 electives for students to explore their interests. Core courses include financial, quantitative and strategic analysis; organizational leadership & change, marketing, operations, and info systems. 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.
If students have less than two years of full-time work experience, Auburn requires MBAs to complete a summer internship between the second and third semester. To apply, prospective students are asked to submit a resume, two letters of recommendations, a personal statement and GMAT/GRE scores.
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.