Auburn University Review

Auburn University offers a single online degree program in information systems, which combines both technical and managerial training to prepare students for leadership positions in IT departments.

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The Good

Experienced online faculty

The Auburn University information systems management degree program is home to one of the most experienced online faculties in the country. The 20 or so instructors who work in the program average five years of online teaching experience. What’s more, U.S. News & World Report ranks the faculty among the top 25 in the nation on measures of educational background, training, and experience. As an online student at Auburn, you can trust that your instructors are well-versed in the best online teaching practices and are able to utilize the best available technology to deliver compelling and effective online courses.

Comprehensive student services

U.S. News & World Report’s recent survey of online graduate information technology programs also praises Auburn University for its efforts to provide online students with the same services available on campus. If you choose Auburn, you’ll get online access to academic advising and career development services, library research assistance, and technical support. If you have a paper due, you can get help from an online writing tutor at Auburn’s Miller Writing Center. You’ll even get access to health screening services and counseling, either online or by telephone. As the list of online student resources goes on, it’s easy to see why Auburn University ranks among the top four online programs in the country.

Moderate tuition rates

Auburn University’s information systems degree program is reasonably priced at $754 per credit. Although not the cheapest among online information technology programs, Auburn’s quality student services and rigorous curriculum help to ensure that you get good value for your money. In comparison, several other good programs are priced in excess of $1,000 per credit, almost 50% more than Auburn. On the flip side, Mississippi State University offers an information systems program very comparable in content to the Auburn program at a cost of only $371 per credit, though the tradeoff is fewer available student services.

The Bad

Just one degree option available

While Auburn University’s program grants you a lot of flexibility to design a curriculum that matches your specific career goals, your choices are definitely limited to the intersection of information systems and management. If you’re looking for a program with more flexibility, there are a good number of information system programs that provide multiple areas of emphasis to choose from. For example, Boston University has an information systems degree with six different specialty areas, including IT project management, cybersecurity, computer networks, and health informatics.

Business background required

Students interested in the Auburn information systems program must have a substantial base of knowledge in business and management principles. Most students who enroll in the program have a bachelor’s degree in a business subject, though any subject is acceptable under admissions guidelines. If you have not completed prior coursework in business topics, you can either complete a series of foundational business courses prior to enrollment or you can pass a competency exam administered by the Auburn University College of Business. To take the competency exam, you must travel to the Auburn campus in Alabama.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 1993-1994
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: Domestic: $50, International: $60
  • Location: AL
  • Number of Graduate Info Tech Programs: 1
  • Region: Southeast
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (Per Credit)

  • In-State: $754
  • Out-of-State: $754

Degrees

  • Masters in Software Engineering

Certificates

  • N/A

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 58%
  • Average Student Age: 30
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.41
  • Avg. GRE Analytical Writing: 3.9
  • Avg. GRE Quantitative: 153
  • Avg. GRE Verbal: 154
  • Gender Ratio: 20.8% female, 79.2% male
  • Maximum Class Size: N/A
  • Total Enrollment: 24

Faculty

  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 5 years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 20
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 0

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009): 100%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 100%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 100%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 60%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2009-2010): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2010-2011): N/A
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2011-2012): 20%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): 0%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 6
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 62/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 22
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 64/100
  • Student Engagement Rank: 17
  • Student Engagement Score: 60/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 25
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 23/100

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