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Georgia Southern University to host Last Chance MBA Open House on May 22

The Georgia Southern University College of Business will host a Last Chance Open House for fall 2018 admission on Tuesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., to provide more information on the accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree offered in Savannah.

During the drop-in event, graduate program representatives will be available to discuss MBA options and the admissions process. Working professionals interested in making an investment that will benefit their careers should plan to attend the event, which will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel – Savannah Airport at 50 Yvette J. Hagins Dr., Savannah.

Additionally, individual appointments with an MBA representative may be scheduled on any Thursday in Savannah. To schedule an appointment, please email or call 912-478-5767.

Georgia Southern University has offered the AACSB International accredited MBA since 1977. The program is designed for working professionals and is a cohort-based, 15-month program.

To learn more about the Georgia Southern MBA in Savannah, visit or call 912-478-5767.


Georgia CEO Q1 2018 survey shows business leaders’ confidence remains optimistic

The results of the 2018 first quarter (Q1) survey by Georgia CEO, a news source that shares the state’s most important features, videos and newswires with Georgia’s top business leaders, suggest that Georgia business leaders’ confidence levels remain 

The purpose of the survey is to understand how general business conditions impact and influence Georgia CEO subscribers on a quarterly basis. The news outlet partners with the Georgia Southern University Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER), formerly the Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development, to prepare, distribute and analyze the 

In Q1 of 2018, survey participants’ confidence levels remain elevated due to a perceived improvement in the overall economy (i.e., local factors) and by the passage of legislation that is seen as being ‘business-friendly’ (i.e., national 

“In this quarter’s survey, participants’ views returned to a normal range compared to the January findings [from 2017 Q4],” said Ben McKay, assistant director of CBAER. “It is clear that optimism about the future is still present based on these 

In Q1 results, though optimism levels did show an 8 to 10 percent drop across most metrics and sentiment returned to normal levels, 61 percent of survey respondents believe volume of business activity is increasing with volume of business and sales. Participants also noted that increasing demand is driving optimism. Potential restraints felt by the business community continues to be a shortage of skilled labor and poor access to capital in smaller markets. Survey respondents also express concerns about the supply of skilled labor but were generally positive about overall economic conditions. Year over year, survey respondents’ sentiments are roughly equal to this time last year in most metrics (volume of business, sales, financial health, profitability, access to capital), according to McKay, except in hiring and 

When asked directly about general business conditions, 60 percent believe conditions will improve, while 34 percent view conditions as unchanged, a +2 percent change and -3 percent change, respectively, from last quarter’s survey 

Looking to the next quarter, the primary factors influencing outlook are increased demand and government policy. However, survey participants also show increased concerns about political conditions. Although general sentiments remain positive, they point towards stability rather than improvement.

A convenience sampling technique was used for this study and the questionnaire was emailed to subscribers of each of nine Georgia CEO daily newsletters, in addition to being posted on CBAER and Georgia CEO social media platforms. Georgia CEO publishes a newsletter in Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Middle Georgia, Newnan, Savannah and Valdosta. The survey was open from April 3 through April 16, 2018, with 230 valid responses recorded.

Georgia Southern online Master of Economics degree recognized as one of nation’s best

Georgia Southern University has again been named a top online school by  Recently, the College of Business’ online Master of Economics program was selected as one of the nation’s best by the well-known college research website.


Ranked No. 6  in the nation, the Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE) degree is an online two-year program of study that provides graduates with analytical capabilities in economic development, financial economics and regulatory issues. The program incorporates theoretical and practical approaches to the study of economics to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and skills. These capabilities represent a unique combination of proficiencies desired by business and government.  


“Graduates with strong analytical capabilities combined with theoretical as well as practical knowledge in economics are in high demand from industry as well as government,” said Yassaman Saadatmand, Ph.D., chair of the College of Business Department of Economics. “Providing an award-winning educational experience for working professionals allows them to upgrade those skills for rapid career advancement. This ranking is another validation of our program.” methodically ranks each school based on six categories for online degree programs. Those categories are academic excellence, strength of faculty scholarship, reputation, financial aid, range of degree programs and strength of online instruction methodology.


With the online schedule and location flexibility, professionals studying for the MSAE have the opportunity to continue their education while maintaining full-time employment, wherever they may be located. The program is fully accredited by the AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The classes are small, and typically have from 8-15 students per class.


Adding to this honor, the College of Business’ MSAE program was also ranked number 10 in the nation by


In addition to offering the MSAE, the Georgia Southern College of Business also offers a graduate Certificate of Applied Economics. To learn more about the Georgia Southern University business graduate programs, visit


Along with the MSAE award, has ranked the Georgia Southern online MBA in “The 50 Best Online MBA Programs.”


Logistics and Supply Chain Management Moves Up in Rankings

The Georgia Southern University Logistics and Supply Chain Management (L&SCM) department is ranked in the top 15 in the world by The SCM Journal List for empirically-focused research publications in leading supply chain management journals. Each year’s ranking is based on the research published in these journals during the prior five years. Ranking 15th out of 400+ programs, the L&SCM Department is recognized for its continued excellence in research. The 2018 ranking is up seven spots from last year.

“This recognition is very helpful to our institutional reputation, but it is especially important because the department houses a Ph.D. program in L&SCM,” stated Jerry Burke, Ph.D., department chair of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. “Ultimately, our Ph.D. students will benefit from this strong external validation when they are on the market. It also adds great value to our undergraduate programs in this field of study and informs our graduate programming. It is all thanks to the hard work and dedication of faculty in the department.”

The empirically-focused SCM Journal List™ annual ranking is based on shares of original authorship of publications in four widely respected journals (Decision Sciences JournalJournal of Business LogisticsJournal of Operations Management and Journal of Supply Chain Management). These journals were selected by SCM Journal List™ based on existing lists such as the Financial Timesand UT-Dallas journal lists, as well as a recognition that those lists included a set of journals that focused on analytical methodologies and also underrepresented journals that encompass logistics and supply chain management. To differentiate from other existing lists, the SCM Journal List™ ranking uses output from top-tier journals that publish research across a broad spectrum of supply chain research areas in both the analytical and empirical arenas.

To view the list in its entirety, visit

Eagle Executive Magazine, Spring 2018 Issue

The College of Business alumni magazine, Eagle Executive, is now available for viewing online at