Overview

Applicants
376
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.35
Years Work Experience
7.4
Average Age
30

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
580 - 660
GPA
3.07 - 3.72

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
April 1

Regular Application Deadline
September 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic


School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
No

Evening
No

Executive
Yes

Online
No

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
149

76
Full-time
34
Female
24
Part-time
23
Minority


Students Say

Just thirty miles from Walmart headquarters, the "top-ranked public business college" at the University of Arkansas—Fayetteville gets more than just its name from the world-famous retailer. "Walmart's extensive involvement" in the school pays off in a thousand different ways, from fantastic internship opportunities to the "cutting edge" supply chain and retail management program—not to mention, the world-class business environment in Fayetteville. Thanks to the school's famous benefactor, "Northwest Arkansas is a business epicenter," with "over 1,500 suppliers based locally." Without jetting off to New York or Tokyo, "students are given opportunities to interact with Fortune 500 CEOs on a regular basis"—often without leaving campus. Here, "You'll rarely find a day when there is not a CEO or other successful alumni coming back to contribute."

Walton operates two MBAs: a traditional full-time program and a part-time Executive MBA. With classes held "once a month on Saturdays," the part-time program "offers a lot of flexibility for working professionals." Students praise the "blended delivery," which "incorporates both in-class and distance learning." On top of that, "the administration ensures that the students lives are easy when it comes to enrollment and degree requirements"—they even provide all the materials (and meals!) on class day. For full-timers, the experience is likewise fast-paced, packing a full academic program—including an internship or overseas trip, independent projects, and case competitions—into just sixteen months of study.

Students in both full-time and part-time programs are bowled over by the quality of the academic experience. With a name like Walton, it's hardly a surprise that "the retail and supply chain management is highly recognized," drawing many students already working in the field. Yet professors across departments are "experienced professionals with real-world knowledge," who are "incredibly gifted in their field of research" and "truly excited about the material they teach." Professors are also willing to provide "additional instruction beyond class time," both to help with class material and to "answer any questions we have related to application of learned material in the workplace."

The MBA is "very, very well run," overseen by an administration that is "second to none." A boon to busy students, "the administration ensures that the students lives are easy when it comes to enrollment and degree requirements." They also "take steps to "improve the MBA program every year according to students' feedback." Icing on the cake, "the cost of the program is relatively inexpensive compared to their national rankings," making a Walton education a rather savvy venture.


Specialities of faculty


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Recommended

Description
This course recognizes that sustainability must be cultural, financial, and environmental in character, AKA triple-play sustainability, or it is not truly sustainable. Culture is the ocean in which we swim: we are no more aware of it than fish are aware of water. We are not aware of it but it forms the basis of our decisions. Businesses must be financially profitable to exist: they must increase profits to expand the value they offer. The environment is finite and our actions frequently affect others. Engineers optimize, scientists observe and extrapolate, businesses create wealth, governments organize, and artists capture an idea and convey it: each of these can be beneficial or can be distorted to damage our common world.

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainability: This course explores how organizations in the three sectors of society work together in value creation by addressing social and environmental problems. Focusing on business and nonprofit organizations, we investigate the forces that bring about and influence these collaborations from practical and theoretical perspectives, and managerial responses to collaboration challenges.

School's environmental commitment 1:
The Applied Sustainability Center offers workshops and training courses to help professionals understand and implement sustainability as a strategy. In addition to the following courses, the Center can customize any of the course offerings to address the specific needs and issues of a single industry or company.

School's environmental commitment 2:
www.sustainabilityconsortium.org/ The Sustainability Consortium ® (TSC ®) is a global organization dedicated to improving the sustainability of consumer products.

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$64,592
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
84%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
76%
School Facilitiated
24%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
76%
School Facilitiated
24%
Graduate Facilitiated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

8%
Marketing
3%
Operations/Logistics
2%
Consulting
2%
General Management
2%
Finance/Accounting
1%
Information Technology
1%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

86%
South
9%
Southwest
5%
Mid-Atlantic

Students Say

The future looks bright for Walton graduates. Not only are there "a huge amount of new jobs in this area per capita," students say they "have a leg-up" with local employers through the school's corporate partnerships. Walton offers a host of "great resources, like the career center, the writing center, and professional development classes," which all contribute to the school's excellent placement rate. One student raves, "The career services office has to be one of the best in the nation." Not only do they provide career advice but they "will happily make calls on your behalf and are constantly engaging you in the process of finding a job." For full-timers, "the Walton school does a great job of setting students up with internships," and better yet, it's "extremely easy to get a job after graduation at a great company."

In recent years, over 141 companies recruited on the Walton campus, with students taking jobs at companies including Axion Corporation, Deloitte & Touche, General Mills, IBM, KPMG, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, NBC Universal, Newell Rubbermaid, Tyson Foods, Shell Oil, Spectrum Brands, USA Truck, and, of course, Walmart. The 2014 graduating class had an average starting salary of $65,406, with a range between $50,000 and $92,500.


Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 8% $62,500 $63,100 $52,500 $79,000
Operations / Logistics 3% $75,000 $75,000 $75,000 $75,000
Consulting 2% $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000
Finance / Accounting 2% $52,500 $52,500 $50,000 $55,000
General Management 2% $74,500 $74,500 $51,000 $98,000
Information Technology 1%
Other 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consumer Products 9% $67,500 $66,464 $52,785 $79,000
Financial Services 5% $51,000 $52,000 $50,000 $55,000
Manufacturing 2% $47,500 $47,500 $47,500 $47,500
Technology 2% $81,500 $81,500 $65,000 $98,000
Consulting 1% $74,000 $74,000 $74,000 $74,000
Government 1%
Real Estate 1% $65,000 $65,000 $65,000 $65,000

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
45%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
23%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
63%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
33%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$15,757
Tuition (Out-State)
$37,276
Fees (In-State)
$1,757
Fees (Out-State)
$1,757

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,026
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,026

Expenses per Academic Year

Academic Expenses
$1,750

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
183
Part Time
79%

In State
90.0%
Out of State
10.0%
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

2.40%
Minorities
44.00%
International

31% female
69% male

Campus Life

Students Say

University of Arkansas—Fayetteville provides a "rich cultural and academic atmo- sphere" in which to study, including "excellent facilities for MBA students." Full-timers usually "spend a significant amount of time on campus," studying, hanging out with friends, or, on game day, cheering on the Razorbacks; "As a part of the SEC, sports are a major event on campus." Students in the EMBA program admit that they are "not that involved in school activities," but they do make some time for networking: "A majority of the first and second year executive MBA students will all gather together at a local bar for food and drinks after our Saturday classes."

The school draws students from "very diverse backgrounds," though "the majority of us work with or for Walmart in some fashion." Walton does an excellent job fostering friendships and networking between MBA candidates. A student shares, "By the end of orientation, I knew my way around the town, fun places to go, and the names and backgrounds of my entire class as well as my faculty/administration." Of the warm atmosphere, another student adds, "As a woman, I feel incredibly welcomed into this business environment. Our class is fifty-fifty—a huge reason I chose U of A."

Overall, "Northwest Arkansas is a very nice area to live and work." With a population of around 75,000, "Fayetteville is the perfect size for a college town. It offers everything a student needs with reasonable costs."


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Marion Dunagan
Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs

Address
310 Willard J. Walker Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States

Phone
479-575-2851

Fax
479-575-8721

Email
gsb@walton.uark.edu


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