J. Mack Robinson College of Business – Georgia State University
The J. Mack Robinson College of Business was founded in 1913 as the Georgia Tech Evening School of Commerce, changing its name in 1998 with a $10 million endowment from the namesake entrepreneur and philanthropist. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). Currently, the school offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration, Executive MBA, Flex MBA, as well as several specialized master’s degrees and two doctoral programs.
Robinson College of Business’s central building is located in Downtown Atlanta, at 35 Broad Street NW, nearby various Fortune 500 and 100 companies and numerous other financial and non-profit institutions. It abuts the rest of Georgia State University’s main campus and is accessible via MARTA train, one block east of the Five Points MARTA station. Robinson also holds undergraduate and graduate classes 30 minutes north at the Alpharetta Center, their satellite center in the northern suburb of Alpharetta; in the Five Points neighborhood just north of the downtown campus at 55 Park Place NE, as well as at GSU’s Buckhead Center, in Atlanta’s financial district just north of Downtown.
Robinson also maintains exchange and partnership programs across the world, including exchange program partnerships with such institutions as University of Savoie, Hong-Kong Polytechnic University, Munich School of Management, and European Business School Germany.
The downtown campus is housed in the 14-story J. Mack Robinson College of Business Administration Building, a historic high-rise that was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1972. This building houses the Dean’s office and several other administrative offices, and is close to both Downtown Atlanta’s financial center and the rest of the GSU campus. The downtown campus holds classes for the Flex MBA program.
GSU’s Alpharetta Center, 30 minutes north of Atlanta in Alpharetta, GA, offers state-of-the-art AV technology in its two lecture rooms, 70-seat Flex Room, 44-station computer lab, and four breakout/conference rooms. It is setup for wireless teleconferencing and available for reservation.
The Buckhead Center is located in the heart of Buckhead, Atlanta’s other major financial center just north of Downtown. The Center offers lecture and breakout rooms that, comparable to the Alpharetta Center, are set up for video teleconferencing with wifi. The Center also offers two lobby spaces, on the 5th and 6th floor, that are available for event rental. Classes for the Executive MBA and other non-MBA programs are held at the Buckhead Center.
Robinson College of Business has nearly 200 faculty members who teach courses across twelve departments and institutes including accountancy, finance, international business, managerial sciences, hospitality, marketing, and risk management & insurance. In addition to holding advanced degrees, many faculty members at Robinson have practical business expertise through consulting, executive, and entrepreneurial work histories.
The Robinson College of Business currently has 559 MBA students, over 700 Specialized Master’s students, and nearly 100 students pursuing a Ph.D. Fifty-three percent of the MBA students are male and 47 percent are female. Students have an average of six years of professional work experience, and the average age of an MBA student is 33.
MBA Degree Offerings
Robinson College of Business offers two MBA programs: a Flex MBA (offered as both full and part-time, with a maximum of five years); and an Executive MBA.