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At the Manderson Graduate School of Business, we embolden — and inspire — our students to produce exceptional work not only throughout their time with us, but throughout their career.

We instruct our students in business ethics and a spectrum of professional development activities so that they are empowered to make immediate impacts upon graduation.

This is all a part of something we call the Manderson Standard: the idea that a forward-facing business education is not just about learning the foundational concepts of business, but about pursuing intentional personal development, embracing collaboration and innovation, and valuing different cultural backgrounds and perspectives.


Our graduates emerge with the Manderson Advantage: a world-class reputation that marks them as professionals who are prepared for whatever comes next. The Manderson Advantage means that our students can take on new challenges with purpose and confidence, because they are equipped with the skills to help their future employers fulfill key objectives.

Manderson students participate in real-world experience-building collaborative projects and acquire and refine technical and problem-solving skills, all the while forging career-accelerating connections with fellow students, corporate partners, and our faculty.

I'm exactly where I need to be.

Lizzie Choy

Current Manderson MBA Student

The Manderson Graduate School of Business, housed within The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business, offers 11 distinct master’s degree programs, seven of which offer Ph.D. tracks. It also offers three online master’s degree programs that are administered in part through UA Online. 

And these programs are among the best in the nation, according to publications like U.S. News & World ReportFortune, and Forbes.

The roots of Manderson extend back to 1944, when Lee Bidgood, the first dean of the Culverhouse College of Business, established the MBA program. This program, which was one of the first such offerings in the southeast, has evolved alongside the rapid pace of change in the business world. The following decades saw the introduction of various specialized master’s and doctoral degree programs. In 1985, the Executive MBA, which offers two distinct tracks in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, was launched, preparing experienced leaders with the tools needed to advance their careers.

In 1987, Culverhouse named its graduate division The Manderson Graduate School of Business in recognition of a gift from the Manderson family.

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