The University of Mississippi’s School of Business Administration has affectionately become known as Ole Miss Business and has provided a wide variety of elite business programs since 1917. Over the past century, Ole Miss Business has received AACSB accreditation and numerous achievements. U.S. News and World Report ranks the online MBA 9th in the nation, based on factors such as engagement, student excellence, faculty credentials, and student services and technologies. They also name the BBA among the top 100 undergraduate business programs. Bloomberg Businessweek ranks the on-campus MBA among the top 75.
The undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration offers majors in Managerial Finance, Banking and Finance, Real Estate, Risk Management and Insurance, Management, Marketing, Marketing and Communication Strategy, Management Information Systems, Entrepreneurship, Economics, and General Business. The Master’s of Business Administration is a 36-hour comprehensive program and can be completed in just 12 months by full-time students or in two years by part-time students. Assistantships are highly competitive and granted to 16 students each year. The Speaker’s Edge Competition is a unique two-week intensive completed during the winter session. During this course, students will receive coaching from a panel of professional speakers and prepare their own persuasive speech.
A prestigious Ph.D. in Business Administration is also offered. Students in this program can major in Finance, Management, Marketing, and Management Information Systems. Teaching and research assistantships are available and will cover partial tuition, as well as give students invaluable experience. This program reports a 100% job placement rate for over five years, with graduates assuming professorships with West Virginia University, Kansas State University, Utah State University, and many others.
There are 10 business student organizations, such as the Student Marketing Association, Entrepreneurship Club, and the Ole Miss Real Estate Finance Association. Students can attend a week-long international business seminar in Dublin, Ireland. The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship supports students entrepreneurial endeavors. While the Mississippi Small Business Development Centers offers training and consulting services. The MBA Alumni Board plays an active role in program planning for graduate students. Every MBA student is matched with an alumnus or professional mentor who works in their desired field of business. Students and mentors are expected to have monthly interactions, such as job shadowing days, and must submit records of professional activities completed together at the end of each month. Students are also responsible for hosting the MBA Golf Classic, which raises funds for scholarships. Every other year, the Spark Symposium features 60 business leaders who come together for one day to share various business topics with MBA students. Another highly anticipated event is the annual SEC MBA Case Competition. Four students are selected to represent Ole Miss and are given 24 hours to develop and present a strategic plan to a panel of judges.
The 100% online MBA allows professionals to complete their degree in two years, or take up to six years. Classes are taught by the same highly respected professors as the on-campus program, and online students have opportunities to meet with alumni who live or work near them.