The 2018-19 Annual Report, published by the College of Business and Economic Development at The University of Southern Mississippi, tells stories of outstanding achievements made by our faculty, students, staff, donors, and alumni over the course of the academic year.
PREPARING STUDENTS TO LEAD STUDENT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION The Student Economic Development Association attended a roundtable discussion hosted by the Golden Triangle Development Link. In addition, the Golden Triangle facilitated tours of PACCAR Engine, Steel Dynamics Inc. and Columbus Brick Company, allowing students to see the impact that these industries have on the Golden Triangle region. “I enjoyed seeing real-life applications for what we have learned in the classroom. Each location was unique,” said Caleb Prine, Master of Economic Development student and member of the SEDA. SEDA touring PACCAR Engine Each year, the Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA) hosts the SEDA students for a tour of the GP Leaf River Cellulose plant in Perry County. ACCOUNTING SOCIETY OF GULF PARK The ASGP hosted a number of local accounting professionals, who shared their stories, information on unconventional career options available to those in business, and opportunities for internships at their firms. Although the society consists of accountants, a number of members and visiting supporters from all studies of business enjoyed meeting and networking with the organization. They hosted a representative from Wiley’s CPA review course, who raffled off a review course, courtesy of Wiley, worth $1,800. Members also volunteered at the MSCPA's “CPA Day of Service,” Warrior Dash for St. Jude, and USM's very own Jazz and Blues Festival. ETA SIGMA DELTA Hospitality and tourism management students attended the American Hotel and Lodging Association HX Hotel Experience Conference in New York. AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION (GULF PARK) The Gulf Park chapter of AMA held a variety of educational events for students, including a branding seminar with Lance Hopkins, a success seminar with Sadie Anderson, and introduction to the Graduate School and MBA Program with Heather Sison and Lauren Agnew. The chapter also participated in the university’s Welcome Week Student Involvement Fair and the Homecoming Week Lawn Banner Competition. 20 | C O L L E G E O F B U S I N E S S A N D E C O N O M I C D E V E L O P M E N T
MBA AT A GLANCE The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is in the top 5 master’s degrees awarded at Southern Miss and has been for the last 5 years (IHL <strong>2018</strong> Degree Book). In 5 years, MBA enrollment has almost TRIPLED. USM OFFERS THE ONLY MBA WITH A SPORT EVENT SECURITY EMPHASIS IN THE NATION. <strong>2018</strong>-<strong>19</strong> GRADUATES 35% COMPLETED THE DEGREE IN ONE CALENDAR YEAR. 58% OF THESE STUDENTS WERE WORKING PROFESSIONALS, ENROLLED AS PART-TIME STUDENTS. 45 MBA STUDENTS COMPLETED THE MBA PROGRAM DURING THE <strong>2018</strong>-<strong>19</strong> ACADEMIC YEAR. AVERAGE GPA AT GRADUATION: 3.70 THEY HAVE 7 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE, ON AVERAGE. 42% WERE ONLINE STUDENTS. 33% HAVE A NON-BUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE. 44% FEMALES MALES 56% AGE RANGE: 21–49 YEARS OLD 94 STUDENTS ARE CURRENTLY PURSUING AN MBA AT SOUTHERN MISS 43% FEMALES MALES 57% AGE RANGE: 21–54 YEARS OLD 47% HAVE A NON-BUSINESS UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE. 53% OF CURRENT MBA STUDENTS ARE ONLINE. 70% ARE WORKING PROFESSIONALS, ENROLLED AS PART-TIME STUDENTS. THEY HAVE MORE THAN 8 YEARS OF PROFESSIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE, ON AVERAGE. 7% ARE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FROM 6 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES (BRAZIL, INDIA, MOROCCO, NEPAL, RUSSIA, THAILAND). A N N U A L R E P O R T 2 0 1 8 - 1 9 | 21