Mercer MBA program earns national notice

Mercer University’s Master of Business Administration program recently earned national distinction from the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Mercer’s Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics was recognized in Princeton Review’s Student Opinion Honors for Business Schools survey for its accounting and marketing programs. The survey was based on feedback from those enrolled in MBA programs across the country in six categories related to their academic preparation.

This is the second year the survey was conducted and the first time Mercer made the list, said David Shields, dean of the business school.

The Princeton Review contacted students in MBA programs and calculated the results. For each category, the top 15 schools were listed in alphabetical order. Those results are available in the April issue of Entrepreneur magazine.

Academic instruction and high standards have helped the programs receive national recognition, Shields said.

“We do a great job in the classroom. We have outstanding faculty,” he said. “We continue to not be satisfied with doing very well ... we demand the best of students. We know that’s how to make them better.”

As Mercer builds wider recognition of its academic programs, the distinction is valuable because it comes from the students themselves, many who already have business experience prior to attending Mercer.

“It feels really good because who knows better than students what’s going on in class?” Shields said.

Shields said the honor will be helpful to the school as it works to join the ranks of nationally recognized business programs.

Mercer was one of two schools in Georgia that made any of the six lists. Georgia Institute of Technology earned recognition in the operations category.

In recent years, Mercer University’s MBA program has been featured in Princeton Review’s “Best 301 Business Schools,” and within that list was recognized among the top schools nationally for “Greatest Opportunity for Women” in its 2008 and 2010 editions.

More than 1,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate business programs in Macon, Atlanta and other campuses across the state, Shields said.

To contact writer Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.