Mercer University Review

By Henry R. Steele - October 16, 2017
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Mercer University is a private college located near Atlanta that was established in 1833. According to the 2018 edition of Best Colleges by US News and World Report, this is the #133rd best university in the US. The average base salary for MBA graduates is $57,500, and the tuition costs $795 per credit hour.

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Business school is well ranked by some organizations

The Stetson School of Business and Economics is ranked among the top 100 in the US according to US News and World Report. It also is routinely recognized by the Princeton Review and other publications for strong academics, academic excellence and high quality faculty. CEO Magazine also has rated the online MBA as #19 for 2017.

Mercer University business school is accredited by AACSB

The Stetson School of Business and Economics is fully accredited by the highly regarded Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or AACSB. This puts Mercer’s MBA programs among the top 5% of programs across the world.

The AACSB has been accrediting business programs for nearly a century. If your program and business school are accredited by this body, you know that you are earning a very high quality business degree. More importantly, potential employers know that your degree is of high quality as well.

The AACSB certification is of particular importance for online MBA students. Some employers question the quality of online MBAs in some cases. Being accredited by the AACSB should reassure many employers that the degree is valuable.

Small class sizes

The student to faculty ratio for the entire university is only 13:1. This is one of the smallest student to faculty ratios you will see. When teachers have smaller class sizes, it generally means that you can receive more individual attention and teaching than in bigger classrooms.

University offers several dual degree options with MBA

One of the advantages of attending this university for your MBA is that you can earn two degrees at once, if that is of interest. Students have the option of earning an MBA combined with a master’s degree in accountancy, a doctor of pharmacy, a master of divinity and a doctor of physical therapy.

Being able to earn a dual degree is very important because it allows you to earn two degrees in much less time and at less cost. This is especially important for experienced business professionals who need to earn their graduate degrees as soon as possible.

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GMAT or GRE scores are required

GMAT or GRE scores are currently required for all Mercer University MBA applicants. Many educational institutions today are no longer requiring standardized test scores as high scores on the GMAT and GRE are not necessarily indicative of future success in graduate school.

Mercer University also does not offer any waiver for highly experienced business professionals. So no matter your level of experience, you must take the GRE or GMAT to be admitted.

Business school is unranked by US News and World Report

US News and World Report is one of the most respected publications for ranking MBAs and business schools. At this time, Mercer University’s business school is unranked by US News. Students will need to rely on the rankings and coverage provided by other publications to determine if Mercer University is right for them.

Part time MBA has a mediocre rank in US News

The part time MBA program is ranked only #161 according to US News and World Report. This is not a particularly high ranking, especially when you consider that the entire cost of tuition is more than $30,000.

On a related note, the entire university scores only 47 out of 100 according to US News and World Report, which is a fairly average score.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1833
  • University type: Private
  • Application deadline: June 15
  • Application fee: $50
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Atlanta, GA
  • Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
  • 4 year graduation rate for university is 49%
  • 62% of all students are women

Tuition Rates

  • MBA – $795 per credit hour

Business Degrees

  • Full time, executive, online MBA and part time MBA

MBA Specializations

MBA Class Profile

  • Average work experience: 5 years
  • Average age: 28
  • Past graduates of the MBA program have gone on to work as market researchers, business professionals, financial analysts, healthcare administrators, supply chain analysts, account managers and entrepreneurs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 61% of all students graduate within 150% of their expected time, which is average
  • 87% of all students stay after their freshman year, which is above average
  • 7% of students do not graduate within 150% of their expected time; most of them transfer to another university

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 133
  • Part time MBA: 161
  • Best law schools: 134
  • Best colleges for veterans: 83
  • Best value schools: 39
  • High school counselor rankings: 90
Henry R. Steele
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