Looking to Earn Your Online Masters in Business Administration (MBA)?
Do you want to become a business person, an entrepreneur, or would you simply like to advance your current career? Earning your online Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from USM can help you achieve your career goals while you enjoy the convenient benefits of an affordable, flexible program. Our fully online business degree will give you an advanced knowledge of business while making you more competitive and marketable in the industry.
The University of Southern Mississippi’s MBA is accredited by the AACSB and was ranked in the top 200 “Best Part-Time MBA Programs” by U.S. News and World Report. No matter where you live, earn your online Masters in Business Administration from one of the top business programs in the country. Let your education from USM take you where you want to go. Your life, plus college.
Business Core Pre-requisite (9 hours)
Business core pre-requisite requirements (for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business) are as follows:
Advanced Coursework (33 hours)
Advanced course requirements for the MBA are as follows:
Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Analytical Decision Making
Global Business Systems
Global Business Strategy
Business core pre-requisite courses must be taken prior to enrolling in MBA classes.
* Approved electives are in the College of Business. BA 600, BA 611, BA 630, BA 650, BA 670 and BA 680 do not meet degree program requirements of the MBA program. These courses may only be used to meet prerequisite requirements for program admission.
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
After you submit your application to the Graduate School, send your resume, transcript(s), and a cover letter requesting the waiver to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes; once you complete the application for the online masters in business administration and upload your resume, cover letter, and statement of purpose, you should be able to pay the application fee and submit your application. The outside documents can still be added after you submit your application.
There is no minimum score because performance on the GMAT or GRE is only one component of the application package. The average GMAT score of applicants admitted to the program is approximately 500 (on a scale of 200-800); a GRE score equivalent to this GMAT score would be expected. To be accepted into the online masters in business administration, scores must be no more than 5 years old.
Deadlines for International Applicants:
- March 1 – Summer Admission
- April 1 – Fall admission seeking a Graduate Assistantship
- May 1 – Final Fall Admission
- October 1 – Spring Admission
Deadlines for All Other Applicants:
- April 1 – Summer admission and fall admission seeking a Graduate Assistantship
- June 1 – Final fall admission
- November 1- Spring admission
Previous graduate coursework may be able to be used in place of the undergraduate GPA. Another alternative would be to earn a second bachelor’s degree with a higher GPA.
Please send a copy of your transcript to email@example.com for review. If you do need prerequisites, you can satisfy the requirements on the undergraduate or graduate level. We offer an online graduate certificate program in business foundations, and two of the four courses can be used to meet the accounting and finance prerequisites.
If USM is the last institution you attended, and you previously sent all other transcripts, the Graduate School will pull those for you.
i. MBA 600, 605, 611, and 640 are offered in the fall.
ii. MBA 610, 620, 650, and 660 are offered in the spring.
iii. MBA students typically take electives in the summer.
i. Students admitted in a fall or summer semester can complete their MBA online in about two years by taking two classes a semester.
ii. Students admitted in a spring semester may take an additional year because the capstone course, MBA 660, and comprehensive exam are only offered in the spring. In order to take the capstone and comprehensive exam, students must have already completed all four fall classes and must have already completed or be enrolled in the other three spring classes.
i. MBA students can declare an emphasis in Sports Event Security Management by taking the following three electives:
1. SM 620 – Introduction to Sport Security Management
2. SM 626 – Threat and Risk Assessment of Sports Venues
3. SM 629 – Sport Event Emergency Response Planning
ii. Depending on when these electives are offered, the timeframe to complete the MBA online with a Sport Security Management emphasis may vary.
No, online masters in business administration students pay resident tuition.
Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your online masters in business administration degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.
Yes, the online masters in business administration program is available totally online. Students are not required to visit campus for an in-class lecture; however, an online lecture may be required by your instructor.
If yes, visit online.usm.edu/military for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs. We will help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions and course enrollment.
The prospective student must complete the Graduate School admission application online and pay the application fee at http://apps.usm.edu/graduate-school/grad-school-apps/.
Additional course fees to the online masters in business administration may apply. Fees range between $20-$60.
Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/
1. Application to the Graduate School: The online graduate application portal is used to submit all application materials. A non-refundable application fee of $60 must be paid prior to the submission of the completed application.
2. Transcripts: Official transcripts from every institution of higher learning previously attended must be submitted to the Graduate School. Graduate School policy requires a minimum 2.5 GPA on the last 60 hours of your bachelor’s degree to apply (2.75 for regular admission).
3. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE): The GMAT or the GRE is required to be considered for admission to the program and can be waived for applicants with a master’s degree or higher. An applicant may also request waiver consideration from the GRE/GMAT requirement if s/he can demonstrate 5 years or more of significantly progressive management work experience.
4. Personal Essay (Statement of Purpose)
5. Three Letters of Recommendation
7. Cover Letter
8. Immunization Records
9. Prerequisites: Applicants with an academic background in a non-business discipline may need to complete business prerequisites in 3 areas: accounting, finance, and statistics. These prerequisites can be met with a 3 hour course (undergraduate or graduate) in each of the 3 areas. These prerequisites must be satisfied before applying to the program.