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University of the Southwest

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Completely Online MBA at the University of the Southwest

All graduate programs at the University of the Southwest are completely online, and that includes the MBA degree. The online offerings represent substantial financial savings: the degrees, including textbooks and technology, cost less than $22,000. In addition, students in the online programs receive a laptop to use in their studies.

The MBA can be earned in twelve months and contains 36 credit hours. Classes are offered in eight-week terms. Students entering the program must have a bachelor's degree, but it doesn't have to be in a business discipline. Students may choose from nine concentrations.

The MBA in Accounting may be earned in two tracks. The first is for students who want to become certified as CPAs (Certified Public Accountants). Two of the courses in the core component in this track are Information Technology for Managers and Business Analytics and Econometrics. Some of the required courses in the specialization are Accounting and Auditing Research, Internal Audit Theory and Practice and Small Business Accounting. The second track is for students who want to get CFP certification. This track, according to the department, offers a "strategic overview" of concepts, methods, and techniques of accounting.

The other MBA concentrations include Healthcare Administration, Human Resource Management, Law Enforcement and Corrections, Marketing, Public Administration, Sports Management and Recreation, Strategic Management and the Self-Designed MBA. The last concentration allows students to tailor their degree to their career needs by choosing four courses from the 38 specialization offerings.

About The University of the Southwest

This private, non-denominational school located in Hobbs, New Mexico, has a retention rate of 52 percent. That is a good indicator of student satisfaction. There are three schools in the university: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Professional Studies and the School of Education. Through those schools the university awards degrees in more than 50 undergraduate and 15 graduate programs. While all graduate programs are online, most undergraduate programs are delivered face-to-face.

The school began in 1956 as Hobbs Baptist College, a junior college. The school became the New Mexico Baptist College in 1958 and had several four-year degree programs. It assumed its current name in 2008.

The US News and World Report ranks the University of the Southwest in the second tier. It is #96 through #126 of Regional Universities- West. The university awards Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences and a Bachelor of Business Administration as well as an MBA, MS in Education and a Doctor of Business Administration degree.

The University of the Southwest Accreditation Details

The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

University of the Southwest Application Requirements

Students applying to the University of the Southwest should complete the online application form. They must arrange for their high school to send their official transcript with the date of graduation noted. Their ACT/SAT scores should be sent to the university through the ACT/College Board. The official scores of advanced placement and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) should be submitted to the university as well. These tests are not mandatory, but they are advised. Graduate students applying to the university should complete the online application form. The requisites for supplemental materials varies by department. The MBA program, for instance, requires documentation of a bachelor's degree, a 500-word personal essay, and a professional resume. The DBA program adds three years of work experience, the transcripts from the student's master's program, a 1,500- word essay and two letters of reference to the requisites of the MBA program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The base tuition for undergraduates at the University of the Southwest is $8,000 per semester. Tuition for graduate students is $599 per credit-hour. In addition, however, there are fees and housing costs. A double-occupancy dorm room costs $2150 a semester and a private room is $3020. The least expensive meal plan is $1,755. The estimated cost-of-attendance of one year at the university for undergraduates is $32,500. Online degree programs are much less expensive. The school says that an average degree costs less than $22,000, and that includes textbooks and educational materials.

It is expensive to earn a degree. Most students need some type of financial assistance to attend post-secondary school. The first step in getting this help is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance Form. The program uses financial data about the student and his or her family to determine how much they can be expected to contribute to the student's educational debt. Then the government calculates eligibility for grants, loans, and work-study programs. Many students will qualify for the Pell Grant or the SEOG Grant. Most will be eligible for student loans from the government, either subsidized or unsubsidized.

New Mexico offers several grants to undergraduate students to assist them in getting a higher education. These are based on financial need. One New Mexico grant, The Student Choice, especially targets students who attend either St. John's College in Santa Fe or The University of the Southwest. The university has some grants available through need as well, but most of the aid that comes through the school is merit-based. Most grants are awarded only to undergraduate students attending face-to-face degree programs who maintain an acceptable GPA. There are scholarships funded by the departments, through the athletic programs, and through activities. Students who maintain a high GPA and who graduate within four years are also eligible for a Debt Buy-Back program. Students who earn a minimum 3.5 GPA are eligible for up to $3,000 and those with a GPA of 3.9 or better can get up to $5,000 of their expenses back. In addition to these programs, private individuals and service organizations, as well as corporate entities, often fund scholarships.

Grants and scholarships do not need to be paid back. Students who do not qualify for enough of this type of "free" money will need to apply for student loans. These are loans that carry lower interest, and that allows students to defer repayment until several months after graduation. Students should note that, although payment of the principle is deferred, the loans accrue interest from the day of inception. If payment on the interest is deferred as well, financial organizations may add additional costs onto the loan. Although higher education is expensive, students who study at the University of the Southwest will find that their ability to earn higher salaries throughout their lifetime will make the investment worthwhile.

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