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A top public research university, the University of Arkansas, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and celebrates its 150 years of “building a better world through research and discovery.” Since 1871, U of A has built upon its “students-first” philosophy developing an educational atmosphere that offers over 210 bachelor’s through doctoral programs, including an online MBA, throughout ten colleges and schools to 27,000 students annually.

Business School

Business students are encouraged to “Be EPIC” (excellence, professionalism, innovation, collegiality) in everything they do at the Walton College of Business. Its reputation of excellence has been proven by being AACSB-accredited since 1931. Student success is the ultimate goal accomplished through small class sizes, world-class faculty, seven academic departments, and nine research and outreach centers. There are also study abroad opportunities, internships, and local retail industry connections with Fortune 500 companies.

Programs

Undergraduates choose either a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or International Business. Both types of degrees offer majors in Accounting, Supply Chain Management, Economics, Marketing, Finance, General, Management, Information Systems, and Retail.

Through the Graduate School of Business within Walton College, graduate students choose between the Walton MBA, Walton Executive MBA, and Master’s in Professional Accounting, Accountancy, Economic Analytics, Economics, Information Systems, Applied Business Analytics, Finance, and Supply Chain Management. Ph.D. candidates pursue Accounting, Economics, Finance, Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management.

Rankings

US News & World Report ranks Walton College #24 Best Undergraduate Business Programs, #11 Best Public Specialty: Supply Chain Management, #28 America’s Best Colleges, and #30 America’s Best Graduate Schools for MBA.

Online MBA Requirements

The Walton Executive MBA is a 38-credit hour degree delivered in a hybrid format, primarily online with one in-person Saturday class each month. It is a part-time schedule completed in two years. Students experience a curriculum founded in the value chain to align with the surrounding retail industry. The online MBA program includes overseas projects, entrepreneurship program participation, professional development, and networking opportunities, along with solid, applications-based learning.

Courses

Students will begin with two orientation classes in the first year: Accounting/Statistics Boot Camp and Introduction to Strategy. The six-hour courses in the first year are Marketing, Economics of Management & Strategy, Leadership & Organizational Behavior, Quantitative Methods & Decision Making, Corporate Financial Management, and Financial Statement Analysis for Executives.

The second-year classes are Innovation & Strategic Decision, PLAN: Demand Planning & Inventory Operations, Global Business, Strategic Management, and two focus study area classes. Focus areas include Finance, Retail, Healthcare, Supply Chain, Business Analytics, and Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

Application Requirements

As an applicant, you must make sure to apply as close to the priority deadline as possible. It is four months before the final deadline, and it is always good to make a positive impression. Currently, in 2022, the Executive MBA students are not required to submit GMAT or GRE scores; it is optional. After completing the online application and $60 application fee, applicants must submit transcripts, a resume, a statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation.

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