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Get More from Your Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Format: In person on the Armstrong Campus in Savannah
Credit Hours: 33
Entry Term: Fall

The Parker Professional MBA Program in Savannah is based on the premise that a program can be more than a collection of academic courses. That is where the Parker MBA Professional Enrichment Plan (Parker-PEP) comes in. Parker-PEP is our extracurricular activity program that is designed to bring the real world into the classroom and take the classroom into the real world.

Through Parker-PEP, we partner with business and civic leaders to develop high-impact experiential learning activities for our MBA students in four primary areas:

  • Self-Care (Maintaining work-life balance);
  • Career Planning (Formulating a career development plan);
  • Professional Development (Creating an upskilling mindset); and
  • Community Service (Finding your area of service).

Certainly, other programs offer some of these resources; but, one of the unique features of our enrichment plan is that most of the activities take place on campus during regular class time. We understand that you are already sacrificing a significant amount of your personal time to earn your MBA. Parker-PEP enables you to take advantage of high value-adding services, resources and enrichment opportunities without having to give up even more personal time. Parker-PEP activities, typically guest speakers, workshops/seminars and experiential activities, are scheduled throughout our four-semester MBA program.

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Competency Framework

The Parker Professional MBA Program in Savannah has three components: foundation, curriculum and extracurricular activity program. The four cornerstones of our program are ethics, integrity, honesty and professionalism. That’s our foundation. An example of how that impacts our curriculum is that every required course has one or more course objectives that focus on at least one of those cornerstones. The curriculum is built on a four skill set competency framework whose goal is to strengthen your competencies in four key skill sets: digital and analytical skills, business skills and environmental awareness, leadership skills and people skills.

Digital & Analytical

Digital skills refer to the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share and create content using information technologies and the Internet. Analytical skills refer to the ability to collect and analyze information, problem-solve and make decisions.

Business & Environmental Awareness

Business skills refer to a basic understanding of the structures, operations and performance associated with the functional areas of business. Environmental awareness both refers to understanding the market and industry in which the business operates and making business decisions that sustain or benefit the environment.


People skills refer to the ability to get along with others, to resolve conflicts through effective negotiation skills, to communicate ideas effectively and to establish relationships and cross-functional partnerships to create value for the business.


Leadership is influence. Influence is the ability to have an impact on people, relationships, processes and products while driving performance.

Savannah Program FAQ

Is the Georgia Southern Savannah MBA program accredited?

Yes. The Georgia Southern MBA program is accredited regionally by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and professionally by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which accredits leading business schools and their programs.

What is the tuition for the Georgia Southern Savannah MBA program? Is it different for out-of-state students?

Tuition, fees, and other costs (orientation fee) can be found here.

Does the Savannah MBA program require prerequisite courses?

The Savannah MBA program does not require students to complete prerequisite courses. However, after students are admitted to the program and formally commit to enrolling, they will receive access to a complimentary tool called MBA Math that will help prepare them for the academic rigors of the program.

When will the next class begin?

The Savannah MBA program admits students annually in fall semester.  Fall cohorts begin with orientation in early August.

Can I transfer graduate course credits into the Savannah MBA program?

Yes, but no more than six credit hours may be transferred with prior approval. The MBA Office determines whether specific courses are eligible to be transferred. Credit will be accepted before you enter the program. Only courses from AACSB-accredited schools will be considered. Courses must match our curriculum.

Will the Georgia HOPE Scholarship, Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), GI Bill, or other financial aid cover tuition costs?

The Hope Scholarship does not apply to the Savannah MBA program. Other aid may be available. For example, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for University System of Georgia employees is available to students in the Savannah MBA program. The GI Bill may apply to students with military experience. Check with the Military Resource Center. All applicants should check with the Georgia Southern Financial Aid office for information about assistance.

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How and when do I register for my classes?

The MBA Office registers all students for their classes each semester.  First semester registration typically occurs 1-2 weeks prior to Orientation.  Prior to Orientation, students will meet with an advisor to discuss their program of study. Once this advising appointment is completed, students will be registered for their first semester classes. Advising appointments will not be scheduled until the beginning of July. The most common problem is registration holds.  We cannot register you if you have any type of hold on your account.  Examples include holds because of missing transcripts, outstanding financial obligations, parking fines, and judicial affairs holds.

What is the time commitment each week?

The time needed varies by course.  A general rule of thumb is that for every hour spent in class, you should spend 2-3 hours of study outside of class.  Based on this rule of thumb, a 3-semester hour course would require 6-9 hours of preparation (reading the assigned material, studying, and completing assignments, etc.).

Are classes face-to-face, hybrid, or online?

In each Fall and Spring semester, students will complete two classes per semester that are classroom-based. These courses are taught in a hybrid format. The University System of Georgia requires 100% face-to-face classes contain a minimum of 2,250 minutes of in-class instruction.  Because we have set aside three weeks of the semester (fall and spring) for professional development, only 88% of instruction can be delivered in-class. Therefore, 12% of each course’s content is delivered online.

The remaining class each semester and the required Summer semester class are offered online. Students are also encouraged to complete their Summer elective course online for added flexibility.

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Honestly, it depends. Any questions related to your course should first be addressed to your professor.  If you are unable to resolve the issue at that level, please contact the MBA Director.  Any questions related to the application process should be directed to the MBA Recruiter.  Questions related to the activities and events included in our extracurricular activity program, Parker-PEP, Orientation, or academic standing should be directed to the MBA Program Coordinator. Questions related to registration, drop-add or withdrawing from a class should be directed to the Director’s administrative assistant. You can reach all these individuals via email ( or telephone (912-478-5767).

What if I’m in a hurry to graduate? Can I take additional classes each semester?

Our program is a lock-step program. That means the courses are only scheduled once during your four-semester program. The program is also designed with working professionals in mind. You are already devoting up to two nights per week in three of the four semesters..  

What is Parker-PEP and how does it work?

The Parker MBA Professional Enrichment Plan, Parker-PEP, for short, is the name of our extracurricular activity program.  One innovative aspect of Parker-PEP is that most of the activities will take place on regular class nights in the classroom.  That means not having to give up any of your remaining free time to take advantage of these valuable experiences, experiences that have career-changing potential. Three weeks are set aside in each semester (weeks 4, 8, and 12) for personal, career, and professional development activities. During those weeks, the MBA Office will sponsor workshops/seminars, guest speakers, and community service activities that support you, your career, your professional development, and your community.  No classes will meet, nor will assignments be due during those weeks.  Finally, in each of your core courses, a certain percentage of your overall course grade will be assigned to Parker-PEP activities.

What happened to the Statesboro MBA program?

Following a national trend, we made the decision to discontinue our Statesboro MBA program, which admitted students immediately after completing their undergraduate degree because we agree that having work experience prior to entering the MBA program enables students to better understand and appreciate the subjects taught and to better benefit from the practical experiences of their peers.  Hence, our Savannah program targets working professionals with managerial work experience. 

Where is the MBA Office and where are the Savannah MBA classes held?

The MBA Office is in Suite 217 on the second floor of Armstrong Center on the Armstrong campus at 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia, 30419.  We encourage you to visit. There is a faculty/student lounge and conference rooms nearby. The Savannah MBA classes are held in five classrooms on the first floor. Armstrong Center has other great facilities that are used occasionally for MBA activities: a state-of-the-art auditorium, multiple ballrooms, and a computer lab.

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Last updated: 12/21/2023