Francis Marion University


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Francis Marion University, founded in 1970 and located in Florence, South Carolina, strives to provide the utmost educational experience for over 4,200 students annually. Students experience small classes, experienced faculty, research opportunities, and core classes in the liberal arts and humanities. Through the School of Education, School of Business, College of Liberal Arts, and School of Health Sciences, students choose from over 75 majors ranging from bachelor’s to doctoral degrees, including an online MBA. The university is SACSCOC-accredited.

Business School

FMU’s School of Business is “committed to the success of every student.” Its AACSB-accredited, high-quality academic programs combined with caring faculty who have achieved real-world experience help students along their journey to success. Business students also experience study abroad programs, extracurricular business-related clubs and organizations, and internship opportunities.


Undergraduate students choose from a plethora of academic options. There are Bachelor of Science degrees in Healthcare Informatics and Computer Science, along with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. The BBA offers majors in Finance, Accounting, Management, General Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Business Economics. Several of the majors offer concentrations in areas like Human Resource Management, Systems Design, Supply Chain Management, Digital Marketing, Systems Management, Sports Management, Marketing Strategy, Network Management Systems, and Sports Marketing.

There is an MBA and an MBA in Healthcare Executive Management for graduate students. They can also pursue Certificates in Business Analytics, Executive Management, and Lean Six Sigma.

They also have an Associates in Applied Sciences (AAS) to Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program and an AAS in Network Systems to BBA in Management Information Systems: Network Systems Management program.


Francis Marion University’s School of Business has been ranked Top Business School by U.S. News & World Report.

Online MBA Requirements

All courses in the online MBA are hybrid. This format combines self-paced online instruction with in-person class time. Students experience outstanding faculty, interactive learning, affordability, and relationship-building opportunities. The 30-hour program offers coursework for both students with business undergraduate degrees and those with other types of degrees.


Required courses include Economic Analysis, Systems Design, Accounting Analysis, Business Analytics, Contemporary Issues in Business, Leadership in Management, Applied Corporate Finance, Applied Marketing, Operations Management, and Strategic Planning. Those without an undergraduate in business will need to take the Business Tools for the MBA course. The MBA Healthcare Executive Management concentration includes courses like Health Policy & Leadership, Advanced Research & Evidence-based Practice, Executive Practicum, and Health Systems & Risk Management.

Application Requirements

Applicants can apply and submit specific information online or by print. All submissions are reviewed by the MBA Admission Committee. Official GMAT or GRE scores are required unless awarded a waiver. You must contact the MBA Program Director to request a waiver. Other required submissions include two or more letters of recommendation, official transcripts, a 500-700 word personal statement, and a resume. A personal interview may be required.


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