Overview

Applicants
218
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.13
Years Work Experience
7.8
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
488 - 550
GPA
2.84 - 3.36

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
July 1

Regular Application Deadline
July 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
July 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
40

93
Full-time
53
Underrepresented Minorities
38
Female
7
Part-time


Students Say

One of Georgia’s premiere higher-learning institutions, Mercer University offers several business degree options on its graduate-focused Atlanta campus: a flexible evening MBA, an Executive MBA, professional MBA, virtual MBA, a master of accountancy (MAcc), and a one-year full-time MBA (the only of Mercer ’s various campuses that offers a full-time option). The school is also home to “one of the only pharmacy programs in the country to offer a dual MBA/PharmD degree.” Mercer ’s flexible MBA is popular with local professionals, who call it “Atlanta’s most accommodating MBA program for working students.” For part-timers, “classes meet one night a week for eight weeks, so it’s possible to take classes even when you have a full-time job and other commitments.” On top of that, professors “understand we work full-time and have family obligations, so the workload is moderate but challenging.” How challenging is up to the student: “Some take their time with one class per session, others overload to finish early.” The full-time MBA is likewise efficient, covering business fundamentals in an intense, cohort-based program that spans less than one calendar year (though students who did not study business as an undergraduate must take additional four-week Business Foundations courses before matriculation).

Known for “academic excellence in finance and accounting,” Mercer ’s curriculum covers business fundamentals from economics to communications. After completing the core, students take electives, including a required international business class or an overseas trip. Throughout disciplines, Mercer employs “strong professors with real-world experience,” who are able to offer an “in-depth understanding of what we were learning in class and how it applied to the business world.” On top of that, Mercer ’s “small class size” lends itself to “team-oriented projects and a lot of class interaction,” giving students a chance to collaborate, network, and develop their communication skills. Students dole out praise for Mercer ’s “extremely dedicated professors,” who balance top-notch business skills with a true desire “to help students succeed.” In fact, “everyone at Mercer is committed to enhancing the student’s experience.” Like the faculty, “the administrative offices are also helpful,” ensuring the program runs smoothly.


Concentrations

Accounting
Healthcare Administration
Finance
International Business
Leadership/Management
Marketing

Specialized Masters

Accounting

Specialities of Faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Faculty possessing practical industry experience as well as terminal degrees in their teaching areas focus instruction and curricular activities on applied strategy and practice.

Consistent with Mercer University's mission and heritage, ethical management practices are emphasized throughout the curriculum and in an Ethical Leadership course.

A Personal Portfolio of Study (PPS) allows students, working closely with an advisor, to customize an arrary of four elective courses from the academic specialty areas that is relevant to career goals

Timely offerings of special topic courses provide state-of-the-art instruction on subjects and issues of heightened or emerging importance in the business environment.

Small class sizes, with a 20:1 student to faculty ratio, facilitate extensive faculty-student interaction and mentoring. See viewbook link on website.

Faculty specialties in Accounting/Taxation, Economics, Finance, Health Care Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing and Technology Management

Flexible MBA courses meet once a week for eight weeks. There are two eight wk sessions/sem. Students can work and go to school full-time. See view book link on MBA website.

PMBA for Innovation is cohort based with courses in 5 functionally integrated thematic modules, meeting every other weekend, with a trip to Silicon Valley, and 4 retreats.

One Year Day MBA, an accelerated full-time MBA programs


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability & Restructuring: This course explains the objectives companies have developed and programs implemented to achieve corporate sustainability. This is achieved though practices that improve social and environmental outcomes, thus building the business value of the firm. The importance of corporate governance to this initiative is explained and steps to restructure companies to undertake these sustainability initiatives identified. Issues in Business Law and Corporate Responsibility: This course will explore the legal environment and focus on the formation and operation of a variety of business organizations including the corporation, the partnership and the LLC (Limited Liability Company). It will examine the roles and obligations of organizational participants - the directors, officers, partners, and members - and examine best practices relating to corporate sustainability and social responsibility. Additional related topics may include stock trading, valuation, shareholder’s rights, mergers and acquisitions, insider trading and antitrust laws. The course will also explore topics in contract law and intellectual property.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
Sustainability in curriculum

School's environmental commitment 2:
Economic development

School's environmental commitment 3:
Campus recycling

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$53,300
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
63%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
45%
Unknown
27%
School Facilitiated
27%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
36%
School Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

27%
Marketing
27%
Other
18%
General Management
18%
Finance/Accounting
9%
Human Resources

Graduates Employed by Region

86%
South
7%
International
7%
Southwest

Students Say

Many MBA candidates at Mercer are attending the program part-time and are not looking for a new job after graduation. Instead, they plan to leverage the practical skills they’ve acquired in the classroom to gain a better position and higher salary at their current job. To that end, a Mercer education is effective. One student attests, “I was able to secure my current position prior to graduation as a direct result of my then-current graduate enrollment at Mercer. I graduated in December, have earned an 18 percent increase in salary and am currently searching for a more significant managerial position within my firm and outside.”

Those in the full-time program (or looking to make a career change after completing the degree part-time) have access to the school’s Office of Career Services, which offers career counseling and workshops on résumé preparation and interviewing, in addition to hosting career fairs on campus. (Note that career fairs are often aimed at a certain industry, like pharmacy.) While students certainly benefit from Mercer ’s “good reputa- tion” in Atlanta, they say their school could improve its career-development offerings by promoting “more involvement from alumni,” as well as “a stronger link to the Atlanta business community.”


Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 27% $48,000 $64,500 $40,500 $105,000
Other 27% $60,000 $59,400 $31,200 $87,000
Finance / Accounting 18% $46,000 $46,000 $42,000 $50,000
General Management 18% $73,500 $73,500 $67,000 $80,000
Human Resources 9% $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Other 64% $75,000 $74,600 $48,000 $105,000
Financial Services 18% $36,600 $36,600 $31,200 $42,000
Non-profit 9%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 9% $40,500 $40,500 $40,500 $40,500

Prominent Alumni

Griffin B. Bell
Former U.S. Attorney General

Budge Huskey
President & CEO, Coldwell-Banker Real Estate, LLC

Bob Sauerburg
President, Conde Nast

Nathan Deal
Governor of Georgia

Dr. Spencer B. King III., M.D., FACC
President of Heart and Vacular Institute at Saint Joseph's Health System, Inc

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$16,141

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$8,871

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
55%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
0%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
55%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
0%

New Students Receiving Loans
50%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$26,640
Tuition (Out-State)
$26,640
Fees (In-State)
$450
Fees (Out-State)
$450

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$740
Tuition (Out-State)
$740
Fees (In-State)
$17
Fees (Out-State)
$17

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$14,265
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$14,265
Academic Expenses
$1,188

Student Body Profile

Total Full-Time Enrollment
311
Part Time
37%

In State
94.0%
Out of State
6.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
23

Demographics

67.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
43.00%
International

56% female
44% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Mercer ’s Atlanta campus is focused on graduate programs, with advanced students of medicine, education, and theology, among other disciplines, sharing 300 tree-filled acres inside the Atlanta Perimeter. The business school attracts students from “diverse age ranges and backgrounds,” as well as at different points in their careers. In the evening programs, “MBA students are mostly part-time students with full-time jobs (and some are effectively full-time students with full-time jobs).” As a result, there is “little emphasis on social or extracurricular activities”; for most, “school life consists of classes, group project meetings and studying.” Nonetheless, Mercer ’s emphasis on collaboration means students frequently work together and build relationships, even if they don’t socialize outside of class.

For full-timers, “Mercer is a thriving campus during the day,” offering students access to myriad clubs and activities, as well as recreational facilities and fitness classes. At the business school, there are frequent career-related special events, like guest speakers and alumni networking events, as well as “festivities such as a “cook outs” (free to students) to celebrate the end of the semester.” “The library and the library’s website are also great resources for research,” and students appreciate the “nice meeting rooms available for students to reserve in order to study, work on projects, [and] have meetings.” Plus, the school’s “suburban campus” offers a central Atlanta location that is both “outstanding and safe.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Lael Whiteside
Director of SSBE Admissions, Atlanta

Address
Mercer University
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341-4155
United States

Phone
678-547-6300

Fax
678-547-6160

Email
Business.Admissions@mercer.edu


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