Summer is finally here and many Online MBA students are already halfway through SQ 2017. These fast track students are already looking ahead to the fall quarter, while others might be wrapping up the final few classes of their program. The next wave of MBA students are also hard at work searching for the perfect Online MBA program to begin in fall or winter. Though these future MBA students may have found a large number of offerings that can help them reach their goals, what they probably don’t know is while they were busy searching, a number of business schools have announced that they’re all set to launch several new Online MBA programs this year. And guess what? All are accepting applications right now!
This is exciting news for prospective MBA students who would like to be the first in line to try a fresh new program. This month, we are happy to report that three B-schools are now offering a number of new opportunities for Online MBA students. Let’s take a look what they plan to bring to today’s competitive Online MBA market and the growing industries that depend on it.
Niagara University – Niagara University, New York
Niagara University’s College of Business Administration recently announced the launch of a new Online MBA program designed for individuals “seeking an edge in understanding and competing in the digital economy.” The Online MBA in Strategic Management, which “emphasizes business performance based on analytics and creative problem solving,” is also designed to “create value for corporate employees as well as small businesses and entrepreneurial ventures.”
The curriculum consists of a prerequisite block containing 18 credit hours, as well as core and concentration classwork consisting of 33 credit hours. Students will complete three courses per semester and thanks to courses that begin every five weeks, students have the flexibility to enter the program after the semester has started. Courses within the Strategic Management MBA include Organizational Development, Strategic Human Resource Management, Creative Problem Solving, and Data Knowledge Management.
This fully online degree will be completed in cohorts, beginning every fall semester. The entire program takes two years to complete and applications are accepted year-round. Entry-requirements are flexible. For example, applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of over 3.0 area not required to submit a GMAT for consideration.
Founded by the Vincentian Community in 1856, Niagara University is a private liberal arts college consisting of four academic divisions including the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. The school offers bachelors, masters and doctoral programs to a student body of 4,150, which includes approximately 3,300 undergraduates, and 850 enrolled in the graduate division.
Niagara University is institutionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and the College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mount Mercy University has announced the addition of its fully Online MBA program, set to launch in Fall 2017. Classes for the new program will be asynchronous, so students aren’t required to log in at a certain day or time. Offered in accelerated five and 10-week sessions, courses may include live video chat and phone conferencing, as well as interaction online with classmates and the instructor through assignments, readings, discussion forums, quizzes and exams, and email. Weekly deadlines will help keep students “engaged and on track.”
Depending on the undergraduate degree, students may have to complete a total of 21 hours of prerequisite courses. The MBA core is 37 credit hours and focus areas require an additional
9-12 hours. Courses within the MBA core include Business Ethics, Operations Management, Commercial Law, Global Business Environment, and Managerial Finance, to name a few.
The program, which may be completed in as few as 21-24 months (or adapted to fit students’ needs), begins August 2017 and applications are being accepted now. Students have their choice of six start times per year and there are no GRE or GMAT requirements.
Mount Mercy University was established in 1928 by the Sisters of Mercy. The school began as Mount Mercy Junior College, “with the purpose of filling a need – the need to unite people with opportunity through high quality, values-based education.” Home to nearly 1,900 students, the private Catholic university awards bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors across eight academic departments, and six graduate programs.
Mount Mercy University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC NCA).
Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio
The School of Business Administration at Cedarville University has launched a new online Healthcare Administration concentration in its MBA program to help meet the demand for skilled leaders in today’s booming healthcare industry. The concentration highlights online courses that allow students to study from anywhere in the world, seven-week terms that offer flexibility for working professionals, interactive course websites optimized for multiple devices including computers, tablets, and smartphones, and a cohort-based approach builds community and network for Christian business professionals.
The program consists of 36-39 semester hours, including four healthcare administration courses, and a three-credit Bible course. Sample courses include Ethical Issues in Healthcare, Healthcare Policy and Data Analysis, Legal and Ethical Environment of Business, and Organizational Management Strategy. Though courses are designed for the online environment, they include hands-on case studies, projects chosen by the student, simulation games, and personal development.
The new online concentration prepares graduates to serve in management and leadership roles in a wide range of health care settings from hospitals and nursing homes to group physician practices and mental health facilities. Students may complete the program in one to two years and completion of the GMAT may be required for those with a grade point average below 2.75. Some exceptions are made on an individual basis and the GRE is an acceptable alternative.
Cedarville College was established in 1887 to provide Christian higher education. The school serves nearly 3,800 students, including 372 graduate students, and it awards bachelor’s masters and doctorate degrees. The School of Business Administration is the largest academic department at Cedarville and its undergraduate business programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MBA program has requested candidate status from ACBSP.