The Georgia Southern University Online Accounting program (WebMAcc) was ranked 12th in the Top 30 Online Master’s in Accounting Degree Programs 2015 by online-accounting-degrees.net. In its second year of existence, the WebMAcc offered within the Georgia Southern College of Business Administration School of Accountancy helps students earn a graduate degree without much interruption to their personal and professional lives.
Online-accounting-degrees.net based the rankings on AACSB accreditation and the level of recognition the school has received from three of the most respected college ranking authorities, Forbes Top 100/300/700, U.S. News Ranking/Online Business/Regional, and Academic Ranking of World Universities Business/Economics Top 100/200.
Ranking higher than Texas A&M University and Florida Atlantic University, the Georgia Southern WebMAcc uses a team-based approach to online learning, placing students on teams of four to five students. These teams work together throughout the 30 semester-hour program/ six semesters and provide motivation, help, and strive for a common goal of graduating from an AACSB accredited accounting program. The online courses are identical in content to the traditional courses, with the benefit of a flexible, online delivery system.
“We believe the recognition reflects the quality of our program, faculty, and students,” says Gordon N. Smith, director of graduate business programs in the Georgia Southern University College of Business. “Our online and campus graduate accounting programs deliver for our students and their companies.”
Five Georgia institutions have been ranked among the top 50 in the country for their online WebMBA programs by the U.S. News and World Report magazine.
The Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration ranked 18th;Georgia College’s J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, 25th; Kennesaw State University’s Michael J. Coles College of Business, 29th; University of West Georgia’s Richards College of Business, 44th and Columbus State University’sTurner College of Business, 47th.
The magazine evaluated more than 1,200 online degree programs at colleges and universities based on admissions selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support service offered to students. One hundred and forty five institutions are ranked in the new WebMBA category compiled for the first time this year.
Matthew Speer, director of sales and marketing for U.S. News University Connection, said in a news release that online education was being driven by convenience and “the increasingly connected nature of society.”
The Georgia WebMBA program has been in effect for 14 years. Each of the institutions, which were judged individually, belongs to the Georgia consortium.
The program allows professionals to earn a master’s degree in business completely online without interrupting their work and personal lives.
Georgia Southern University’s College of Business Administration online programs have been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as best online programs for 2015. The MBA program ranked 18th, tied with Mississippi State University, for the Best MBA Programs for Online Students, while the College’s Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) ranked 21st.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the 2015 Best Online MBA Programs and Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA) are the best online master’s degree programs in business based upon admissions selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions, and academic and career support services offered to students. Fewer than 200 schools are included in this year’s Best Online MBA Programs ranking; thus, placing greater weight on reputation and admissions selectivity. And, fewer than 120 schools ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA).
In the past, U.S. News & World Report combined MBA programs and all other online business master’s degree programs. This year, however, non-MBA business degrees, such as accounting and applied economics in Georgia Southern’s case, were assessed separately. The rankings were split because prospective MBA students are likely to focus their research on schools that offer only MBAs, where many students researching discipline-specific degrees in other areas, such as accounting or economics, are doing so to further their careers. U.S. News felt separating MBA programs from other master’s-level business programs would better serve students, allowing for more accurate comparisons.
U.S. News ranked schools using the following five general categories: student engagement, admissions selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, and student services and technology.
“We are gratified by the recognition and believe it reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, and students,” stated Allen C. Amason, dean of the Georgia Southern College of Business. “We believe it also reflects the quality of our programs, the value of our degrees, and our commitment to providing a great education and a strong return to our stakeholders.”
Georgia Southern University and all of its programs contained under the university’s umbrella are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Business has undergraduate and graduate accreditation through AACSB International. Only about five percent of all colleges of business have AACSB accreditation.
For more information on Georgia Southern Graduate Business programs, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/BusinessGraduate or call 912.478.5767.
The Georgia Southern University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), currently located in the Market District on Fair Rd. is relocating to the City Campus in downtown Statesboro at 58 East Main St. As of January 1, 2015, the SBDC will be operating from City Campus as part of the Business Innovation Group (BIG). BIG will consist of the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership (CELL), which includes GENIE, the Innovation Incubator, and Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab), the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development (BBRED), and the SBDC; all are part of the Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration. Becky Brownlee, SBDC business consultant, says, “We are excited to be joining CELL and BBRED in beautiful downtown Statesboro at City Campus. We will continue to see clients as normal at the new location.”
“Having all of the components of the Business Innovation Group located at the City Campus will enable us to enhance services to the region’s entrepreneurship and business community,” says Dominique Halaby, director for BBRED and CELL. “The relocation of the SBDC is a key component of our effort to create a business and community development hub for the region.”
The SBDC serves for-profit businesses in a 13 county area surrounding Statesboro and includes Bulloch, Liberty, Candler, Screven, Emanuel, Tattnall, Evans, Toombs, Jenkins, Montgomery, Effingham, Chatham, and Bryan counties. Part of Georgia Southern’s College of Business Administration and The Georgia Small Business Development Center Network, the SBDC provides consulting assistance on a variety of topics that includes writing business plans, applying for loans or other financial assistance, QuickBooks, and marketing. In addition to consulting assistance, the SBDC provides continuing education programs on Starting a Business, QuickBooks, Marketing, Business Planning, and more.
One of the student teams in the Georgia Southern University MBA capstone class, Global Business Strategy, recently finished in the top 4% of the approximately 1,200 graduate level student teams worldwide that competed in the CAPSIM Capstone business simulation.
Randy Brunson, Kimberly Collins, Phil Helmey, Matthew Lovett, and Matthew Repella collaborated to achieve their remarkable simulation performance. This group was not the only Georgia Southern MBA student team that was highly successful competing in the simulation this fall semester. Half of the teams in the class scored in the top 10% worldwide for the final round of the simulation.
The academically rigorous simulation, widely used by MBA programs throughout the world, involves decision-making related to running a fictitious electronics component manufacturing company for several time periods. Teams make decisions related to all of the functional areas of a company during the course of the simulation by utilizing complex data from a variety of sources and employing analytic tools taught during their MBA education. The decision-making processes required by the simulation prepare the students for the decision-making responsibilities that upper level management typically encounters in their leadership roles.
According to Dr. John Leaptrott, the professor for the class, “Having such positive, objective feedback from the simulation confirms our view that the Georgia Southern MBA is a top quality program that attracts very talented students who are seeking an MBA educational experience that is highly relevant to their careers.”