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MBA Programs in Atlanta, GA with School Options

There are about 12 schools in the Atlanta area that offer Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at three schools within 30 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

Atlanta Schools with MBA Programs

Several schools in the Atlanta area offer MBA programs, many with options for specialized studies. This article looks at three schools that are 35 minutes or less from the city center. It also includes a table of information on topics such as school size, campus setting and MBA program costs. At the end of the article are the names of a few more nearby schools with MBA programs.

  • Georgia State University, less than a mile from the heart of the city, offers four types of MBA programs: Professional, Flexible, Executive and Global Partners MBA.
  • Kennesaw State University, about 27 miles north of the downtown Atlanta, offer an MBA and an Executive MBA Program as well as a program for individuals who are in a family business.
  • About seven miles from downtown, Emory University offers a full-time and an evening MBA program. It also has an executive MBA program for experienced business professionals.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring MBA students have many factors to consider when choosing a school for their studies. This table presents pertinent information about each institution in a format that makes comparison easy.

Georgia State University Kennesaw State University Emory University
School Type 4-year; public 4-year; public 4-year; private; not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017)* 32,816 35,846 14,263
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
Graduate Tuition 2017-2018* $7,020 (in-state)
$22,518 (out-of-state)
$4,851 (in-state)
$17,541 (out-of-state)
$40,800
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017, Undergraduate)* 94% 91% 58%
Acceptance Rate (2017, Undergraduate)* 70% 61% 22%
Retention Rate (2017, Undergraduate)* 83% for full time students 78% for full time students 93% for full time students
Graduation Rate (Undergraduate beginning 2011)* 53% 42% 91%

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Georgia State University

The J. Mack Robinson College of Business offers students two types of MBA programs depending on their work experience and program expectations. Each of the degree programs give students flexibility, whether it's by offering the program at multiple campus locations or by offering classes in the evenings and on the weekends. The degree programs give students the opportunity to study full-time and earn a degree in less than two years.

Flexible Master of Business Administration

The Flexible MBA provides budding business professionals with the opportunity to better understand business theory and practice. Students in this program generally have at least one year of work experience. In addition, students can choose between the full-time and part-time program, depending on their preferred pace of study. Classes can cover strategic communication, business law, ethics, management and finance; courses can be taken at one of three university campuses.

Executive Master of Business Administration

This option is for business professionals who have a tremendous amount of work experience and would like to build leadership skills to transition into management positions. Students generally have more than five years of work experience and the program can take 17 months to complete. Although the program is offered at one campus location, students can take classes every other Friday and Saturday. The program also emphasizes general and global business.

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw State University offers students a wide range of MBA programs depending on their professional experience and career plans. The programs are designed to be flexible so that students can take classes on campus and online. In addition, there are two campus locations giving students the opportunity to take classes that are closer to them. The faculty at Coles College of Business focus on connecting with students to give them personalized feedback and instruction.

Master of Business Administration

This Master of Business Administration program requires students to take eight core classes. These courses explore business finance, management, marketing and business behavior. From there, students have the freedom to take elective courses that explore different aspects of business. In total, students earn 36 semester hours for the Master of Business Administration.

Executive Master of Business Administration

This degree program is meant for students who already have advanced professional experience and would like to balance a degree program with their career. The degree typically takes 19 months to complete. Students take part in traditional classes while completing online and group assignments. Students who enroll in this degree program are considered mid-level professionals who want to gain leadership skills to land careers in management. Classes are held on the weekends and the faculty members are business researchers who have extensive practical experience in business.

Web Master of Business Administration

For those who want to focus their studies online, the WebMBA is the option. There is a 2-day orientation in Atlanta, and then the rest of the program is completed online. You'll study the same concepts as you would in the traditional MBA program, but you'll need only 30-credit hours to complete this 20-month program.

Emory University

The Goizueta Business School at Emory University focuses on giving students access to world-class faculty who are experts in business. Classes are kept small to promote class discussions and so that students can network with each other and their professors. It's common for students to work in teams with diverse classmates so that they can understand how to be part of a team while learning leadership skills. Students also have access to career development, which can help with job interview and resume building.

Full-Time Master of Business Administration

Students in this degree program can choose between the traditional 2-year program and the accelerated 1-year program. The 2-year program is meant for students who have limited business experience and need to better understand business theory. The 1-year program is for students who have a bachelor's degree in business and would like to remain in the same industry. In both options, students take classes in finance, marketing, accounting and decision analysis. There's also the opportunity to declare a concentration and focus on a specific aspect of business.

Evening Master of Business Administration

The evening program allows students to continue their careers while earning a Master of Business Administration. In general, the program takes 24-32 months to complete and all classes are held outside of the standard workday. Students take a series of core classes that cover marketing management, finance, strategy, accounting and marketing management. The program is very hands-on and students regularly take part in group projects and assignments. Students will also be introduced to global business and learn about diversity and its role in society. It's common for students to be assigned real-world business problems that they must work through independently and with classmates.

Executive Master of Business Administration (Weekend & Modular)

The Executive MBA provides mid-level professionals the chance to build leadership skills so that they can advance to management-level positions. The Modular Executive MBA program is meant for students who live outside the Atlanta area or regularly travel for work. Students take part in workshops and classes that are held quarterly to accommodate for students' career obligations. The Weekend Executive MBA program is for students who work during the day and would like to complete their classes on Fridays and Saturdays. Students in this program spend time connecting with faculty and classmates through classes that focus on group projects.

Other Schools in the Area

Students in the Atlanta, Georgia area have many other options for where they could earn a Master of Business Administration. Clark Atlanta University is about two miles outside of downtown Atlanta while Clayton State University is a little more than 16 miles away. A third option is Reinhardt University, which is 48 miles away from downtown Atlanta.


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