One of the nation’s fastest-growing and burgeoning cities deserves an innovative business school to meet the demands of its young professionals. The Warrington College of Business has enthusiastically met those demands for nearly a century, providing Gainesville residents access to a transformative business education. Our students, whether they remain in the heart of The Gator Nation or take their talents across the world, are equipped with the skills and savvy to make their business dreams become a reality through our full-time MBA or specialized master’s programs.
Whether you prefer a truly immersive experience or are eager to return to the work force, UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business has the program option for you.
UF MBA offers three full-time options:
- A two-year program that takes a deep dive into business and allows for students to pursue internships.
- A one-year program that combines the fundamentals of business with high-level curriculum.
- An accelerated program for students with undergraduate business degrees that earns an MBA in as few as 10 months.
Specialized Masters Programs
These one-year programs are ideal for professionals desiring knowledge in a specific business discipline or for non-business professionals looking to complement their current career track.
The Hough Graduate School of Business offers six specialized master’s programs in entrepreneurship, finance, information systems, international business, management and real estate.
Warrington is Innovative
- Finance students work on Bloomberg Terminals, the same equipment analysts on Wall Street use every day.
- The Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management Program recently added a business analytics track to train students on the complexities of big data.
Warrington is Entrepreneurial
- The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center’s student incubator, the Gator Hatchery, offers mentorship, working space and other resources to get your venture off the ground.
- The Big Idea Competition offers $40,000 in prize money to the most innovative ventures developed by UF students and alumni.
Warrington is Global
- Warrington students can spend one week on a Global Immersion Experience or an entire semester studying business abroad.
- The Heavener School of Business is one of the few U.S. schools to host an international case competition, providing both our and visiting students a culturally-enriching experience.
Warrington By The Numbers
- 4th lowest out-of-state tuition and fees among all full-time MBA programs ranked in the top 50 of U.S. News’ Best Graduate Schools 2016
- 4.2 years average needed for UF MBA’s Class of 2010 to pay back their degrees
- 5 Specialized Master’s Programs ranked in the top 20 among U.S. publics in Eduniversal’s Best Masters Rankings* *Ranked in the top 20 among US publics in Eduniversal’s Best Masters Rankings
- 8 companies on the 2016 Gator100, a list of the fastest-growing Gator-led companies in the world that are based in Gainesville
- 9th ranking of faculty quality in The Economist’s 2016 Full-Time MBA rankings
- 10th ranking of UF MBA’s full-time program among U.S. Public schools in The Economist’s 2016 Full-Time MBA rankings
- $109K average starting compensation for UF MBA graduates
Alan Trimakas asked himself numerous questions when determining if UF MBA at the Hough Graduate School of Business was right for him:
- Should I relocate to Gainesville or participate in the online program?
- Would I enjoy living in Gainesville?
- Would an MBA from a program in the South hurt my career prospects in the Northeast?
One by one, Trimakas’ doubts have been erased, and he’s grateful he made UF MBA and Gainesville his new home.
Trimakas, 28, lived the life of a successful business professional. He was a senior IT advisory associate in the Washington D.C. office for KPMG, one of the world’s leading audit, tax and advisory firms, and led projects that revamped the financial systems of the Department of Health and Human Services, the US Treasury, and the National Science Foundation.
Trimakas, a self-described “big-city guy,” said he experienced some trepidation putting his thriving career on hold and relocating to Gainesville, but his experience has been well worth it.
“It’s been awesome here,” Trimakas said. “D.C. is very hectic and expensive, and there’s traffic any time of day anywhere you go. In Gainesville, people take things slower, and they’re a lot more approachable. Plus, I love the weather, and it’s very affordable.”
UF MBA expressed so much interest in Trimakas that he was flown to Gainesville to learn more about the program firsthand. The visit allowed him to interact with UF MBA students and staff, experience UF MBA’s intimate environment, and truly understand the benefits of an immersive, full-time program.
“The networking and meeting other students have been great,” Trimakas said. “I get to interact directly with my professors, and meet several times a week with a career director. There’s a real hands-on feel.”
Dr. Aner Sela
Dr. Aner Sela has lived in some of the most cosmopolitan locales in the world — London, Tel Aviv, the San Francisco Bay Area — but his level of fulfillment as a scholar, husband, father and citizen has never been higher than here in Gainesville.
“When we lived in the Bay Area, we thought it doesn’t get any better than this,” said Sela, who earned a Ph.D. in marketing from Stanford University in 2010. “But, on a day-to-day basis, we’ve realized we’re just as happy in Gainesville. It’s a great place to launch a career, and raise a family as well.” Gainesville has provided Sela the best of both worlds. He’s thriving professionally as the John I. Williams, Jr., Professor of Marketing at UF’s Warrington College of Business, conducting innovative research at one of the nation’s top-ranked marketing departments. Personally, he and his family, which include his wife and two young daughters, are taking advantage of all the benefits Gainesville has to offer — great schools, affordable housing, a vibrant culture and opportunities for civic involvement.
“If you’re a young professional who wants to make an impact — not only at the university level, but at the city level — Gainesville is a wonderful place to do that,” Sela said. “It’s so easy to get involved, especially now with UF deepening its ties even more to the city. It’s very empowering.”
Sela said he never viewed moving to Gainesville from one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S. as a compromise. Conversely, he and his family are thrilled with their decision.
“People ask me, ‘Are you happy in Gainesville?’” Sela said. “I know we are. When my wife and I have our coffee in the morning, we look at each other and know we have a good life here.”