Manderson Graduate School of Business

At Culverhouse's  Manderson Graduate School of Business there is a business graduate program to fit your personal and professional needs. With a focus on personal touch, flexibility, and innovative and experiential learning, it is easy to see why Manderson matters.

The Manderson Graduate School of Business housed in the Culverhouse College of Commerce offers the flagship two-year MBA, eight different specialized master’s degrees and the Executive MBA. Earn a business master’s in nine months to two years on one of the most beautiful campuses or study online while continuing your career. Either way, you will gain a high return on your investment. Most programs welcome any undergraduate major. Our network of over 7,000 alumni, faculty and staff are ready to welcome you into the Manderson family.

Our Story

In 1944, Dean Lee Bidgood recognized the need to expand graduate program offerings in Culverhouse, the school's primary business schooling facility. Assessing the potential afforded by Culverhouse, he seized the opportunity to found an MBA program that was out of place at the time in the southeast—as well as ahead of its time.

Later that same year, three men and one woman became the first MBA recipients from The University of Alabama. The graduate school of business would continue to offer master, MBA and Ph.D. tracks until 1986, when the Executive MBA program was introduced by Dean H.H. Mitchell, Dr. Lonnie Strickland and MBA Director Gina Johnson.

In 1987, the newly named Culverhouse College of Commerce named its graduate division The Manderson Graduate School of Business in recognition of Lewis Manderson's exemplary record, generosity and foresight, both as a businessman and a steadfast supporter of The University of Alabama and the business school.