Florida Southern College

The oldest private college in Florida, Florida Southern College was founded in Orlando in 1883 as South Florida Institute.

Soon afterward, it moved to Leesburg. In 1885, a college curriculum was added and the college was opened to male and female students. In 1901, the college moved to Sutherland, now Palm Harbor, and in 1906, it was renamed Southern College. The college temporarily moved to Clearwater from 1921 to 1922, and in 1922, it moved again to the shores of Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland. In 1935, the Trustees adopted the name Florida Southern College.

Despite changes in name and location, the College’s affiliation with the Methodist Church has remained constant, shaping its mission and traditions.

Mission and Vision
Florida Southern College is a place for doers and dreamers… for the involved and the invested… for those who consistently rise to the expectations set before them… for anyone who takes a risk… for everyone who says, "I'm in."

College Mission
The mission of Florida Southern College is to prepare students through dynamic engaged learning to make a positive and consequential impact on society.

College Vision
Florida Southern College will achieve national recognition for providing a transformational education for students through its distinctive synthesis of liberal arts and professional programs and focus on student development through co-curricular and service learning programs. It will become a national model for engaged learning in order to achieve the learning outcomes students need to thrive in a global society. As a result of its pragmatic approach to liberal learning, the global perspective of its academic programs, effective engaged learning pedagogy, and distinctive learning outcomes in all disciplines, Florida Southern will ascend to the top 25 comprehensive colleges/universities in its Carnegie classification. Maintaining its affiliation with the United Methodist Church, Florida Southern will serve as the preeminent mid-size institution within the denomination, always striving to foster students’ spiritual growth.

Florida Southern is a remarkable institution characterized by an unparalleled commitment to students and exceptional learning experiences.

Programs taught in:
  • English

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Part time MBA

Florida Southern College

This innovative, 16-month MBA provides you with a competitive advantage in today's demanding global marketplace. Offered in either a full-time weekday or convenient hybri ... [+]

MBAThis innovative, 16-month MBA provides you with a competitive advantage in today's demanding global marketplace.Offered in either a full-time weekday or convenient hybrid Saturday class schedule, the accelerated 16-month program will prepare you to succeed in today’s global marketplace.Prepare to LeadAs a graduate of Florida Southern College's Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise, you will have the knowledge and confidence to solve complex problems, develop forward-thinking strategies, and be respected in your field. This innovative program integrates functional skills in accounting, finance, marketing, statistics, communication, ethics, and quantitative and qualitative analysis of the managerial and motivational skills required of today’s executive leadership.International FocusA strong focus on international issues prepares students for success in the global marketplace. In fact, the study of global issues is embedded in each of the program’s core courses. You’ll even have the option of an international field experience. Designed to provide a solid background in the nature, foundations, and complexities of international business, the program will prepare you to conduct business internationally, whether managing an organization’s operations, resource planning, marketing, or business development and expansion initiatives.Program Outcomes for MBA Students... [-]

USA Lakeland Tampa
September 2020
16 months

Florida Southern College

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