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Auburn University Harbert College of Business

MBA Program Stats

Annual Tuition: $12,170

Annual Tuition Non-Resident: $32,942

Acceptance Rate: 55%

Full-Time Enrollment: 79

Average GPA: 3.55

Median GMAT: 598

Median GRE: 301

International: 23%

Minority: 16%

Female: 37%

Male: 63%

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. The Harbert MBA helps students enhance their business skills and set themselves apart from their competition.

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.

Academics And Programs

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 & 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 recommendation, 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

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From Auburn University

Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn’s founding. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name again was changed, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Finally, in 1960 the name of the school was changed to Auburn University, a title more in keeping with its location, and expressing the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university.

Today, Auburn is one of the few universities to carry the torch as a land, sea and space grant university. Our fall 2012 semester enrollment was 25,134. Our students can choose from more than 140 degree options in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.

Auburn University has developed into one of the largest universities in the South, remaining in the educational forefront with its traditional blend of arts and applied science, and changing with the needs of today while living with a respect for the traditions and spirit that are Auburn.

Program Overview 

An Auburn MBA can be an important part of the competitive advantage needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive business environment. The College of Business offers an on-campus MBA, a video-based Distance MBA, an Executive MBA and a Physicians Executive MBA, all structured to provide students with a world-class learning experience.

The Master of Business Administration program is the largest graduate-level program in the College of Business and has drawn high rankings from publications such as Forbes Magazine and Financial Times.

An MBA from Auburn, consistently ranked among the top public universities in the nation, prepares individuals to enter the workplace in key leadership positions. Hands-on leadership training is integrated throughout the program.

MBA students have access to all services of the Office of Professional and Career Development and work with the Director of Graduate Career Services for personalized career coaching and professional development. The degree is available with 6 different concentrations.

Dual graduate degree options are available in MSBA-Finance, Management Information Systems, and Industrial and Systems Engineering for those interested in multiple degrees.

A competitive number of graduate research assistantships are awarded annually to attract the best and brightest students to the Auburn MBA. A GRA is an employee for the university and with that comes many benefits, one of which is rewarding the student with free tuition. The assistantship also builds experience in research and puts students in position to accomplish noteworthy projects in the field of academia.

International Trip

In the spring the MBA program travels around the world participating in different international business trips. With an increasingly global economy, having international business exposure and travel experience adds significant value to our students’ professional development. In the spring of 2013 the MBA class was divided into three groups and each assigned different trips around the world. One group will be traveling to South Korea for roughly a week, where they will meet with prominent Korean businesses in Seoul and Ulsan. One group, which is comprised of students who are focused in management information systems, will travel to Dublin, Ireland where they will spend a week with businesses related in this field. Lastly, a group will visit a three central European cities; Munich, Vienna and Budapest. During this trip, students would have opportunities to visit some local business companies, government organizations and get the chance to site-see as well. In the past this has always been a highlight for the students and faculty. The program views these trips as a significant growing opportunity for students and plan on continuing and emphasizing this event for future classes to come.

Outside the Classroom

Here at Auburn, we believe in forging relationships that extend beyond the classroom. Through the Association of Graduate Business Students, students have an outlet to connect with classmates and participate in more of a social atmosphere. AGBS is comprised of MBA, MIS and MS Finance students and offers a variety of channels for students to connect and network such as crawfish boils to business trips. This following year AGBS organized seven intramurals teams, two social events, a philanthropy “fun run”, a golf outing and two business trips to Atlanta and Charlotte. Our business trips offer a chance for students to learn about companies first hand as well as expose their abilities to potential employers. As for our socials, AGBS looks to provide a friendly and engaging environment where relationships can be built upon. Overall using this platform makes the connection between students grow and fosters a since of unity throughout the program.

Q & A:

Alex Stevenson: MBA/MS Finance Candidate 2013

Q: Why did you choose Auburn to pursue your MBA?

A: “For the family atmosphere I felt here, not only with the faculty and students but within the alumni and professional world”

Q: What has been your favorite aspect of the program?

A: “In the classroom we are very team oriented, this carries throughout the program”

Q: What or how does the MBA program prepare you for your next step in your career?

A: “So far the MBA program has offered a lot of real world examples with a very realistic approach to situations. I appreciate the ethically conflicts we bring up and discuss in almost every class. The biggest thing I believe that this program instilled in me is to be confident in yourself. Not every decision has cut and dry answers, it’s about being able to articulate yourself and support your decisions”

Student Features For Auburn Harbert

2023 Best & Brightest Online MBA: Brooklyn Hiller, Auburn University (Harbert)

“I’m a driven woman who loves to learn and am always working to improve myself”

2023 Best & Brightest Online MBA: Brandon J. Smith, Auburn University (Harbert)

“Solution-oriented leader with a data driven mindset, focusing on improving healthcare systems for underserved populations”

2022 Best & Brightest Online MBA: Matthew Hamman, Auburn University (Harbert)

“Hard-working, analytically minded individual with a passion for learning, travel, and spending time with family”

2022 Best & Brightest Online MBA: Whitney Graham, Auburn University (Harbert)

“I am a hard-working mother who is self-motivated, focused on increasing my knowledge, and giving back to others in my community/organization,”       

2021 Best & Brightest Online MBAs: Brad Sonoda, Auburn University (Harbert)

“Innovation focused leader, willing to reimagine the status-quo, and constantly seeking new challenges”

2021 Best & Brightest Online MBAs: Christian Reece, Auburn University (Harbert)

“I am a driven, passionate leader committed to service to my community through consensus building and strategic relationships”

2020 Best & Brightest Online MBAs: Hillary Butler, Auburn University (Harbert)

Sales savant moves from education to non-profit sector during MBA program

2019 Best Online MBAs: Eric Hensley, Auburn University (Harbert)

Nashville native completes six marathons on the way to an MBA

School Features

First Look: New Building Signals New Day At Auburn Harbert

Students enjoying fruits of huge investment in major new campus structure

Rankings Data For Auburn Harbert

Auburn MBA Rankings

Ranking 2023-2024 2022-2023 2021-2022 2020-2021 2019-2020
Poets&Quants 87 89 79 79 72