Overview

Applicants
227
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.28
Years Work Experience
6
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
480 - 680
GPA
3.0 - 3.5

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
July 1

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
No

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
30:1
Total Faculty
33

100
Full-time
18
Female
9
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

The Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham is designed for current working professionals looking to advance their careers at a reasonable price, and to balance their professional and personal lives against school. Students can choose between a One-Year or Two-Year MBA, with concentrations available in four areas (finance, information technology management, healthcare management, and marketing) and dual degree options available (the MBA-Master of Science in Health Administration is a popular option). Most classes are held in the evening and on weekends, and many are also available online for blended learning, and true to modern form, “most students prefer to coordinate activities and communications by utilizing cloud-based systems.”

Professors are “experienced professionals with a significant amount of published research.” They are “relatable and knowledgeable” and “make themselves accessible” to any student that seeks help. Thanks to a newly streamlined curriculum, courses themselves “are designed to be challenging and are geared toward real world application” and integrate “an atmosphere of collaboration and learning” via group work and group studying. However, there are some professors that “simply assigned reading and gave tests” and are “only good for strict book learners.”

The school administration “has always been transparent and open about policy changes and available to meet when needed.” The Dean of the Business School is “very receptive to the needs of students and has a great strategic plan for the school”; recently, a plan was approved to construct a new business school building and innovation center.


Concentrations

Accounting
Healthcare Administration
Finance
Information Systems/Information Technology
Marketing

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
No

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$60,200

Students Say

As the only accredited MBA program in the Birmingham area, the school has prominence among local businesses, many of which already employ UAB students. Students say that one of the school’s greatest strength is its relationships with businesses outside of the university, and the Career Services office “does a great job of helping students find jobs after graduation they are there for anyone who wants one.” The office holds regular career fairs, resume prep sessions, workshops, and luncheons to help move students down their career paths; as most at UAB are simply looking to move further in a current career, the focus is more on advancement than starting out. Employers who frequently hire UAB graduates include Regions Bank, Southern Company, Southern Progress, UAB, and Wells Fargo.

Prominent Alumni

John Bakane
CEO, Mills

Daryl Byrd
CEO and President, Iberia Bank

Susan Story
CEO and President, Gulf Power Company

James Woodward
Chancellor, UNC

Stephen Zelnak
CEO and President, Martin Marietta Materials

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$425
Tuition (Out-State)
$904
Fees (In-State)
$10
Fees (Out-State)
$10

Student Body Profile

Total Full-Time Enrollment
380
Part Time
78%

In State
95.0%
Out of State
5.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
10

Demographics

25.00%
Underrepresented Minorities
11.00%
International

30% female
70% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The MBA program is “very separate from the rest of the school” with “large common areas to study, relax or do homework” and “a nice little restaurant within the school that is popular.” Most students in the “very ethnically diverse student body” at UAB “are in their mid-twenties to early thirties and are married,” and have a wide variety of business backgrounds (“from full-time students right out of undergraduate studies to surgeons seeking exposure to a business education”). Since most students are older and have a career or family needs, “they do not spend much time together outside of class and group project related functions” and “you must get to know your classmates through case studies and other group activities.” Still, “people are friendly and there is an excitement in the air at the business school.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Christy Manning
MBA Program Coordinator

Address
1530 3rd Avenue South BEC 203
Birmingham, AL 35294-4460
United States

Phone
205-934-8815

Fax
205-975-5933

Email
cmanning@uab.edu


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