Taking the next step: Georgia’s largest medical, law, and MBA programs

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Medical Schools 

Emory University School of Medicine
In 2012 more than 6,600 people applied for 138 first-year positions at Emory, which trains residents and fellows in ninety-four programs. Some MD/PhD students are in a joint program with Georgia Tech, with which Emory shares a biomedical engineering department ranked second in the country by U.S. News. In addition to future MDs, more than 500 students are enrolled in allied health programs. med.emory.edu
Enrollment 531
Tuition $24,350/semester
Average undergrad GPA 3.7 Popular residency and specialty programs emergency medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics

Georgia Campus: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
More than a thousand students are enrolled in this branch campus of the fully accredited Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, an institution with more than 100 years of tradition. GA-PCOM offers doctor of osteopathic medicine and doctor of pharmacy degrees and several graduate programs. pcom.edu
Enrollment 1,067
Tuition $43,621/year (doctor of osteopathic medicine); $33,181 (doctor of pharmacy); $755–$802/credit hour (master’s programs)
Average undergrad GPA 3.33 (osteopathic medicine); 3.08 (pharmacy)

Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents
Based in Augusta, the state’s public medical school has campuses and branches throughout the state and a second four-year campus in Athens. Until 2013 the Medical College of Georgia was not part of a university with a general undergraduate program, but as of January 2013, it is part of Georgia Regents University, a comprehensive research university. gru.edu/mcg
Enrollment 902
Tuition $33,868/year Georgia resident; $55,098/year for nonresident
Average undergrad GPA 3.7
Popular residency and specialty programs emergency medicine, orthopedics, internal medicine, pediatrics

Mercer University School of Medicine
This school was established in 1982 to educate professionals to meet the healthcare needs of underserved areas of Georgia. More than 60 percent of graduates currently practice in-state, most in rural or underserved areas. Mercer opened a four-year Savannah campus in 2008 and in 2012 began offering clinical education for third- and fourth-year medical students in Columbus. The school has several master’s programs and a PhD in clinical medical psychology. mercer.edu
Enrollment 416
Tuition $41,457/year
Average undergrad GPA 3.57

Morehouse School of Medicine
Founded in 1975 in Atlanta as a two-year program at Morehouse College, the Morehouse school has clinical training affiliations with several established medical schools. In 1981 MSM became an independently chartered institution and the first medical school established at a historically black college and university in the twentieth century. msm.edu
Enrollment 376
Tuition $42,250/year (tuition), $7,402 (fees)
Average undergrad GPA 3.49
Popular specialty program pediatrics

Law Schools 

Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School
Founded in 1933, Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) is the city’s only stand-alone law school. AJMLS academic programs include a JD program, a JD honors program in criminal justice, an accelerated JD program, and three LLM programs for U.S. and foreign-educated attorneys. johnmarshall.edu
Enrollment 556
Tuition $37,350/year
Average undergrad GPA 2.98 (median)

Emory University School of Law
Emory Law is perennially ranked among the country’s best by U.S. News. The school offers signature programs in litigation as well as transactional, international, and patent law. law.emory.edu
Enrollment 934
Tuition $47,500/year
Average undergraduate GPA 3.75 (median)

Georgia State University College of Law
GSU’s College of Law in downtown Atlanta has provided legal education to full- and part-time students since 1982. The college offers a flexible curriculum and experience-based learning clinics, including the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, the Investor Advocacy Clinic, and the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) Clinic, which is part of the nation’s number three health law program. law.gsu.edu
Enrollment 661
Tuition $16,042/year Georgia resident; $34,834/year nonresident
Average undergrad GPA 3.38

Mercer University School of Law
Founded in 1873, Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest U.S. law schools and the first in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer also offers an LLM in federal criminal practice and procedure, the only program in the nation designed for law school graduates seeking to prepare themselves for federal criminal practice. law.mercer.edu
Enrollment 447 JD students
Tuition $37,260/year
Average undergraduate GPA 3.38 (median)

University of Georgia School of Law
Established in 1859, UGA Law offers two degrees—the JD and LLM in U.S. law—and is home to the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. UGA counts six U.S. Supreme Court judicial clerks in the last nine years among its alumni of more than 9,700. law.uga.edu 
Tuition $16,506/year Georgia resident; $34,176/year nonresident; $2,234 mandatory fees. It’s possible for nonresidents to pay resident rate by the second year of law school.
Average undergrad GPA 3.7 (median)

MBA Programs 

Emory University Goizueta Business School
Consistently ranked among the nation’s top business schools, Goizueta offers an undergraduate BBA program, two-year MBA, one-year MBA, evening MBA, executive weekend MBA, executive modular MBA, PhD, and a portfolio of nondegree executive programs. goizueta.emory.edu
Enrollment 756
Tuition $69,000 (one-year); $92,000 (two-year); $70,200 (evening); $105,000–$110,000 (executive)
Average undergrad GPA 3.3

Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business
Located in Technology Square in Midtown, Scheller is a nationally ranked school offering degrees to approximately 2,000 undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral students. The college also offers a wide range of custom programs, workshops, and certificate programs for executives and professionals. scheller.gatech.edu
Enrollment 141 full-time; 376 evening
Tuition and fees $57,716 Georgia resident; $79,428 nonresident; $64,062 Georgia resident, evening
Average undergrad GPA
3.3 full-time; 3.2 evening

Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business
The largest business school in the South, Robinson offers three MBA programs: a part-time MBA in flexible and cohort formats, a dual-degree global MBA, and an executive MBA. robinson.gsu.edu
Enrollment 113 (executive MBA); 39 (global MBA); 753 (part-time MBA)
Tuition $68,000 (17-month executive program); $72,000 (14-month global MBA program); $48,000 (24-month part-time MBA program); $449/credit hour plus fees (flexible format part-time MBA program)
Average undergraduate GPA 3.18

Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business
Coles is ranked number two in Georgia by Bloomberg Businessweek for its part-time MBA programs. The school’s part-time flexible program is available on the Kennesaw campus and at the Cobb Galleria Centre. coles.kennesaw.edu
Enrollment 198
Tuition $313/credit hour Georgia resident; $1,130/hour nonresident
Average undergrad GPA 3.2

This article originally appeared in our March 2014 issue.