Auburn MBA offers major return on investment

23 Jan

Delta Air Lines Financial Analyst Brittney Rieben (left), seen enjoying the view from Chicago’s Willis Tower, earned her MBA from Harbert College in 2013.

Delta Air Lines Financial Analyst Brittney Rieben values her MBA from Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business because it taught her to “completely analyze a business decision instead of just focusing on the financial implications of the decision.”

Rieben, a 2013 graduate, and her classmates can focus on the big picture, in part, because of the financial implications of their decision to choose Harbert College. U.S. News & World Report ranked Harbert College No. 2 on “The Short List: 10 MBAs with the Most Financial Value at Graduation.”

According to survey data obtained from 99 business schools by U.S. News & World Report, Harbert College MBA graduates had the second-best salary-to-debt ratio among respondents, making an average starting salary 6.72 times greater than their average student debt. According to data collected by U.S. News & World Reportduring the 2012-13 academic year, Harbert College MBA graduates earned an average starting salary of $57,169 while carrying an average debt of $8,500.

“While this ranking is for our campus MBA program, providing students an excellent return on investment is part of our mission across all our MBA and other graduate programs,” said Stan Harris, Harbert College Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs and Torchmark Professor of Management. “MBA students get a lot of bang for their buck here at Auburn. We strive to keep our tuition costs reasonable and continually work to prepare students to land great jobs with good salaries.”

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