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Auburn University Harbert College of Business


Contact our general manager with any questions. Profile updated: March 15, 2013.

School Data

Application Deadlines:

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 Harbert College of Business makes for an amazingly small and intimate MBA experience of just 78 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 (2017): 92

BusinessWeek (2017): NR

Forbes (2017): NR

U.S. News & World Report (2017): 73

Financial Times (2017): NR

The Economist: NR

Rankings Analysis: Poets&Quants‘ 2017 composite ranking places Auburn 92nd. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Harbert MBA program 73rd.

Earlier in the decade, the school had better fortune in the rankings. Forbes, which ranks full-time MBA programs on their return-on-investment, put Auburn 58th among the best in the U.S. in 2011; however, U.S. News, which measures schools on a long menu of stats including peer and recruiter assessments, ranked the school 88th among the best U.S. players in 2012.

Full-Time Tuition & Fees: $42,039 (out-of-state), $14,013 (resident)

Average GMAT: 584

GMAT Range (mid-80%): 500 – 670

Average GPA: 3.41

GPA Range: 2.83 – 3.88

Acceptance Rate: 39.2%

Full-Time Enrollment: 78

Part-Time Enrollment: 0

International: 11.5%

Female: 43.6%

Mean Age: 24

Average 2017 Base Salary: $61,675

Average 2017 Signing Bonus: $6,409

Percentage of Class of 2017 MBAs Employed at Graduation: 66.7%

Percentage of Class of 2017 MBAs Employed Three Months Later: 85.2%

Contact Information

415 W. Magnolia Suite 503
Auburn, AL 36849
Admissions Office:

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.

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