Southern Arkansas University Profile

Southern Arkansas University (SAU) is a public university located in Magnolia, the seat of Columbia County in Arkansas (USA). It was founded as the Third District Agricultural School in 1909.

The university holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, National Association of Schools of Music, Council on Social Work Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the National League for Nursing, the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Joint Review Committee on Athletic Training Education Programs, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The university has the following Schools and Colleges:
- College of Business
- College of Education
- College of Liberal and Performing Arts
- College of Science and Technology
- School of Graduate Studies

The College of Business offers an accredited MBA degree and several undergraduate degrees in: Accounting, Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Organizational Management.

The College of Science and Technology is divided into five departments: Agriculture, Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Nursing, and Physical Sciences and Technology, offering a range of programs leading to Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees.

The College of Liberal and Performing Arts is organized into the following departments: Art & Design, Behavioral & Social Sciences, English & Foreign Languages, Music, Theatre & Mass Communication, History, Political Science & Geography.

The College of Education is accredited by the NCATE, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees and professional licensure in teaching, administration, coaching, etc.

The School of Graduate Studies offers the following programs: Executive Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science, and Master of Science in Agriculture.


- Placed at Tier 3 among the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South ("America's Best Colleges" 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report).

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