The University of Southern Mississippi to Relaunch MBA Program at Hattiesburg Campus

The University of Southern Mississippi has announced plans to restore its masters of business administration program to its Hattiesburg campus beginning with the Fall 2013 semester.

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Southern Miss accounting students listen to a lecture during a fall semester class on the Hattiesburg campus.

“We are looking forward to reopening the MBA program as it demonstrates our commitment to serving the needs of the Hattiesburg and southern Mississippi communities.”

Hattiesburg, MS (PRWEB) January 03, 2013

The University of Southern Mississippi has announced plans to restore its masters of business administration program to its Hattiesburg campus beginning with the Fall 2013 semester. The decision was made after The College of Business’ Executive Committee (comprised of department chairs and deans) voted to reopen the MBA program in Hattiesburg, noting that there are two distinct MBA markets in Hattiesburg and Long Beach.

The MBA program was discontinued at the Hattiesburg campus in 2011 due to budget cuts within the Southern Miss College of Business. The MBA program has continued to be offered at the university’s Gulf Coast campus.

Gulf Coast campus.
The newly restored program will be offered on a part-time basis in Hattiesburg, with some courses only available on a two-year rotation. Classes will meet at night in a traditional classroom setting. Full-time students wishing to complete the program in one year will be required to take some classes at both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast campus.

“We are looking forward to reopening the MBA program as it demonstrates our commitment to serving the needs of the Hattiesburg and southern Mississippi communities,” said Dr. Joseph Peyrefitte, interim dean of the College of Business. “Our program is the only AACSB-accredited MBA program offered in the traditional format in the state south of Jackson. Our accreditation ensures students and parents that our business school provides a high-quality program.”

The Gulf Coast program will continue in its hybrid format – which features one week of online classes and one week of face-to-face instruction during the semester.

The MBA curriculum includes eight required and three elective courses for a total of 33 semester hours. With summer or fall admission, a full-time student may complete the MBA degree in one year; a part-time student can complete it in two years. Peyrefitte said the plan is to restore the Hattiesburg program to full-time status eventually.

For more information on The University of Southern Mississippi College of Business or the MBA Program, please contact 601.266.4659.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. As one of only 34 institutions in the nation accredited in art, dance, music and theatre, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to six teaching and research sites in Mississippi. We are among U.S. News & World Report’s most popular universities and recognized by The Princeton Review for our commitment to sustainability. Our Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at http://www.usm.edu.

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