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UNG's Cottrell MBA named in top five public programs in Georgia

MBA rank 2017
UNG's Cottrell MBA program is offered on UNG's Cumming and Gainesville campuses, offering students two convenient locations. Pictured here is the Cumming Campus, which housed the program in its entirety before it expanded to include the Gainesville Campus.

The University of North Georgia's (UNG) Cottrell MBA program, offered through the Mike Cottrell College of Business, has been ranked as the fifth-best public, part-time MBA program in Georgia by the U.S. News and World Report 2018 Best Graduate Schools report.

According to Dr. Jeremy Bennett, director of MBA programs at UNG, the Cottrell MBA also has the lowest cost among the top five public, part-time Georgia programs.

"UNG offers relevant and engaging graduate, AACSB-accredited business education to professional students from a multitude of industries including business, healthcare, manufacturing and IT; the university's Cottrell MBA program has been one of the best-kept secrets north of Atlanta for many years," Bennett said. "The program continues to flourish due to the faculty, students and staff who continue to push us farther, and we do all of this as one of the lowest cost MBAs in the state."

According to U.S. News, part-time business programs play a vital role for working professionals who are unable to attend business school full time.

"We are very proud of the efforts and growth in the Cottrell MBA," said Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the Mike Cottrell College of Business. "We are consistently seeking new opportunities and programming to make our curriculum relevant for business professionals and to strengthen our regional business communities."

Cottrell MBA currently enrolls 56 part-time MBA students and is built for working professionals, with classes offered on a consistent evening schedule on UNG's Cumming and Gainesville campuses. Its part-time status makes the program a convenient option for students seeking to further their careers on a reasonable budget while maintaining full-time employment. Students can also specialize in technology leadership in the program, making them more marketable to prospective employers and adding even greater value to their degree.

"UNG instilled a sense of optimism within me, which enabled me to have the confidence and knowledge to take intelligent risks, drive to find a deeper moral purpose in my work and continually push myself to grow," said Brad Wolf, a 2013 Cottrell MBA alumnus.

The annual U.S. News ranking is formulated based on average peer assessment score, average graduate exam (GMAT and GRE) scores of entering part-time MBA students, average undergraduate grade point average, number of years of work experience, and the percentage of total MBA enrollment that is part time. The part-time MBA ranking list is located here.

For more information about the Cottrell MBA program, visit

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