University of Florida Review

The University of Florida offers an online MBA at two paces: A standard two-year and an accelerated one-year option. Occasional campus visits may not work for all schedules, but they can provide valuable in-person interaction with faculty and classmates.

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The Good

Accelerated one-year option

The University of Florida is one of the very few schools that offer both one- and two-year online MBA degrees. The accelerated option requires 32 credits, which can be completed in a total of 16 months. Immediately after orientation, the program begins with an intensive one-week campus-based course to review business fundamentals. Note that in order to be eligible for the accelerated program, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree in business no more than seven years prior to the program.

Regularly recognized as a top program

The University of Florida’s MBA programs are consistently listed among the top programs in the nation. The on-premise Hough School of Business was listed in the top 20 by Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2012 Best U.S. Business Schools rankings, while the 2013 U.S. News & World Report publication ranked the online graduate business school in the top five. The graduate business school also received a peer reputation mean score of 3.8 out of 5 in the same U.S. News & World Report rankings, indicating that students in other MBA programs greatly respect the school.

Reasonable application fee and turnaround time

The application process is slightly less costly and time consuming than what may be the case at other schools. First, the application fee is currently $30, significantly lower than the typical $75 fee at other schools. Additionally, once you’ve submitted your complete application, you receive an admissions decision within approximately three weeks, while other schools take months. The quick turnaround enables you to begin planning your career much sooner.

Concurrent degree option

If you work full-time and enroll in the 20-week Outreach Engineering Management program at the University of Florida’s College of Engineering, you’re eligible to apply to the one-year online MBA degree program. This degree combination is a unique offering among all online MBA programs. A dual-degree option is an excellent time and money saver since your overall coursework is reduced to complete both degrees.

The Bad

Mandatory travel to campus once per term

Every four months in between terms, students spend a full weekend on campus in Gainesville, Florida. On the Saturday, you complete final exams or presentations. On the Sunday, you meet your new instructors and begin your next term. A face-to-face component is useful in any online program, but such regular commitments to on-campus attendance may be difficult for some students. If you have to travel long distances to campus or have a tight work schedule, this requirement can be a deal breaker.

Unable to transfer MBA credits from another school

This is an important element to bear in mind if you’re transferring to the University of Florida’s two-year MBA program from a different business school. While it’s not uncommon for MBA programs to reject transfer credits, there are a number of reputable programs that do allow you to transfer the credits you’ve earned in a different program. University of Florida, however, does allow students with credit from an excellent school to enroll in the one-year MBA option, which may work well for certain students.

The Details

General Information

  • Academic Year Founded: 1999-2000
  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $30
  • Location: FL
  • Region: Southeast
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Tuition Rates (per Credit)

  • In-State: $975
  • Out-of-State: $975
  • Program Cost: $46,000 - $52,500

Concentrations

  • Accounting
  • E-Commerce
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Insurance
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Production/Operations Management
  • Real Estate
  • Quantitative Analysis/Statistics and Operations Research
  • Supply Chain Management/Logistics

Class Profile

  • Acceptance Rate: 70%
  • Average GMAT Score: 584
  • Average Student Age: 29
  • Average Undergraduate GPA: 3.22
  • Average Work Experience: 6 Years
  • Gender Ratio: 31.4% female, 68.6% male
  • Maximum Class Size: 60
  • Total Enrollment: 366

Faculty

  • Average Online Teaching Experience: 8 Years
  • Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 20
  • Part-Time Instructional Faculty: 5

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2009): 98%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2010): 94%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2011): 96%
  • 1 Year New Student Retention Rate (2013): 96%
  • 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): 93%
  • Graduation Rate Within 3 Years (2012-2013): 86%

U.S. News Rankings

  • Admissions Selectivity Rank: 7
  • Admissions Selectivity Score: 90/100
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Rank: 73
  • Faculty Credentials and Training Score: 81/100
  • Peer Reputation Mean Score (1-5): 3.7
  • Student Engagement Rank: 20
  • Student Engagement Score: 88/100
  • Student Services and Technology Rank: 40
  • Student Services and Technology Score: 52/100

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