Internationally accredited by the Association of MBA’s (AMBA), the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program of the Graduate School of Business (GSB), the University of the South Pacific (USP) has become a market leader among Pacific Island states with an excellent regional reputation for quality and relevance. These characteristics have contributed greatly to the rise in enrolments over the decade and to the graduation of over 500 students. The program not only makes a much needed and appreciated the contribution to addressing the shortage of skilled managers in the region but also gives kudos and a healthy flow of funds to USP. At a personal level, graduates reported their high appreciation of the blending of theory and practice while the 2007 Tracer Study found that USP’s MBA graduates experienced an average 66 percent salary increase compared to their pre-MBA incomes. Staff on the MBA program, both academic and administrative, were found to be well qualified, able and highly committed. They have been keys to the success of the program.
The review team was very impressed with the high quality of both the academic staff of The University of the South Pacific (USP) Graduate School of Business (GSB), as well as the program offered. The teaching facilities are of international standard and are entirely adequate for current requirements. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is in excellent financial shape, with an appropriate student fee structure.
The MBA Programme is consists of 12 courses. These can be completed in one year study full-time, or two to four years of part-time. There are three trimesters. The three trimesters are 12 weeks long; full-time students take four courses during each of these trimesters. Part-time students take one or two courses per trimester.