General Information Regarding the MBA Program

Structure of Program

The Southern Master of Business Administration prepares individuals for leadership positions in business, nonprofit, or governmental organizations.  The program is multidisciplinary and follows a systems approach to understanding the internal and external forces that influence the development of an organization.  The MBA Program at Southern consists of a total of 51 credits.  The structure of the program is based on particular themes divided across nine (9) required courses, four (4) elective courses, and a comprehensive/assessment examination. Observance of sequencing between the integrative knowledge courses and the rest of the course work is required.


Concentrations in the functional areas of Business Administration are built through the use of elective credits to earn MBA degrees with concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Healthcare Administration, International Business, Management, and Marketing.


Enrollment in the program can be either full-time or part-time, and admissions are conducted on a rolling basis. Maximum full-time enrollment with the MBA program cannot exceed four (4) courses or 12 credits per term. The program is also designed for professionals seeking to enhance their skills and grow within their organizations without interruption to their career. The curriculum emphasizes a hands-on, practical approach to skill development.


The MBA Program has two formats – the Traditional MBA Program and the Accelerated MBA (AMBA) Program.

Traditional MBA Program

  • Allows you flexibility to be full-time or part-time
  • Concentrations are offered in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, International Business, and Healthcare Management
  • Fall and Spring Semester
    • Weekday meetings from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM and 8:05 PM - 10:35 PM
    • Online courses and Saturday courses are also offered
  • Summer Session
    • Meet twice weekly 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Winter Session
    • Online courses

Accelerated MBA Program (AMBA) - [FULL-TIME, no part-time option]

  • 18-month completion, which begins every Fall; students take two courses during the first eight weeks and two courses during the second eight weeks, a total of four courses per semester, except for the final semester.
  • Cohort format, allowing students to start and finish with the same group of people
  • Semesters are broken into two sessions, allowing students to take 1-2 courses concurrently
  • Hybrid class format with some courses on-ground, and some courses online
    • All scheduled on-ground classes will be held every other Saturday from 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Breakfast and lunch provided for class sessions held on Saturdays
  • Visit the Student Accounts Office for cost, payment, and deadline information
  • Students who have already taken courses within the program and are granted a waiver still have to participate in the courses. These students will not receive letter grades, but instead will earn a “P” (Pass) for participation.  If the students do not participate at all, they will receive an “F” (Fail).  The minimal participation should comprise attending classes and participating in class activities, but does not have to include the same standards for those who have not been granted a waiver.
  • When a student in the AMBA Program wants to pursue a different concentration from the one already set up in the AMBA program (MBA 519, MBA 525, and MBA 551), the student must switch to the Traditional program and take the elective (concentration) courses during the 16-week traditional MBA program.  Those courses are set up once a week (NOT on the weekend).
  • Please note: The AMBA Program is not offered to International students.
  • Our next Cohort (8) will begin August 2021.  Note that dates might be subject to change.
  • Mandatory Orientation (usually scheduled two weeks before classes begin)
  • Students are responsible for buying textbooks
  • If you are applying for financial aid it’s important that you plan your finances effectively so that you can attend school full-time in the summer.  Please talk to the Financial Aid Office (203) 392-2522.


Students in the cohort are full-time students even in the summer.


You will be responsible for: 1st Year FALL, SPRING, AND SUMMER Bill as FULL-TIME Student, 2nd Year FALL as FULL-TIME Student, and SPRING as PART-TIME Student

Application Information

  • Apply via the Graduate School Application
  • You will receive an email with your Application Form ID immediately upon submission. One-to-two business days later you will receive a second email with your ID number which you will use to login - see the MBA Application Process information.
  • Once your application is complete and ready for review, if your Undergraduate GPA was 3.00 or higher, the GMAT requirement will be waived.
  • International students interested in the MBA Program must let the MBA Director know directly, as there is co-admission between the Graduate Office and the International Students Office.

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