SAVANNAH, Ga. — Mercer University's Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics will bring its graduate business administration program to Savannah this fall. The new program, the Professional Master of Business Administration degree, will be Coastal Georgia's only executive-format MBA program.
"This new program will build on the strong ties the University already has with this dynamic community," said Dr. Roger C. Tutterow, dean of the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics. "Savannah is growing rapidly, and as companies expand and relocate to the area, they must have well-trained, visionary managers and executives. The Professional MBA program is designed to train those leaders."
The 16-month Professional MBA is aimed at business professionals with at least three years of experience who want to advance their careers to the leadership level in today's corporate world. Classes will be held on Friday afternoons and all day Saturday every three weeks, allowing even the busiest manager the opportunity to earn this professional degree from an internationally accredited business school. Three retreats provide a concentrated study on specific business topics, including a weeklong Best Practices Field Residency, where students meet with top executives of companies successfully operating in today's competitive market.
One of the many distinctive features of this cohort MBA program is its emphasis on cross-functional, thematically based courses, which are taught by teams of professors. Unlike the traditional MBA model, which offers separate courses in such areas as accounting, finance, management and marketing, Mercer's Professional MBA curriculum emphasizes how these areas intersect and function together in order for candidates to gain the broad perspective needed for effective decision-making. Because all candidates will be experienced professionals, the classroom becomes an interactive learning environment with the candidates contributing their experience to the dialogue with the highly credentialed faculty team.
Classes will be led by faculty teams that bring extensive academic and corporate experience to the classroom. MBA candidates will learn through classroom discussions, presentations, team projects, research and technology-based interaction. Throughout the program, candidates will also interact with visiting business leaders. These executives will bring their insights and experience to the classroom as they discuss their companies and how they address the demands of competition in today's marketplace.
The Professional MBA will be the second program Mercer offers in the Savannah area. Since 1996, Mercer University's School of Medicine has partnered with Memorial Health University Medical Center to educate future doctors. Half of the third- and fourth-year students in the School of Medicine complete their doctor of medicine studies at the awarding-winning medical center, with many continuing there in their residencies.
About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer:
Established in 1984, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics is the largest school within Mercer University, with more than 1,300 students. The School of Business offers the bachelor of business and the master of business administration degrees at the Macon campus; the bachelor of business, the master of business administration and the executive master of business administration degrees at the Atlanta campus; the bachelor of business degree at the Douglas County Regional Academic Center, the professional master of business administration degree at the Henry County Regional Academic Center and the professional master of business administration degree in Savannah. The Stetson School of Business and Economics holds accreditation from the prestigious AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, considered the hallmark of excellence among the nation's top business schools and placing it among the top 25 percent of all business schools in the world. Only 442 business schools out of more than 1,500 in the United States have received this accreditation that recognizes that they meet the highest standards in business education.
About Mercer University:
Founded in 1833, Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta as well as regional academic centers in Douglas County, Henry County, Macon and Eastman. With 10 schools and colleges, the University offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law and theology. On July 1 2006, the University will add its eleventh academic program, the School of Music. For 16 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the leading universities in the South. The Princeton Review has ranked it among the top 10 percent of colleges in the nation.
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