Just when you thought every business school under the sun had an Online MBA program, another one comes out of the woodwork. It shouldn’t be that surprising though and here’s why: The Washington Post reports that there are some 5,300 colleges and universities in the U.S. and many of these institutions are home to some of the most progressive business schools on the planet. This means you can bet that many new (and improved) Online MBA Programs will continue to sprout up across the U.S. for years to come. And guess what? You don’t have to worry about keeping track of them on your own. Just stick with us and we’ll keep you posted!
For June 2018, we are pleased to announce that California State University Long Beach, Clayton State University, and the University of Colorado are entering the Online MBA market with mostly fully online programs and most are accepting applications for fall 2018 right now. Read on.
California State University Long Beach – Long Beach, California
The College of Business Administration (CBA) at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) has announced that it plans to launch a fully Online MBA in 2019. On its decision to launch the program, the school said, “The strongest growth in business graduate programs is in the Online MBA space, and we realized that to continue to grow our programs and be competitive in the Southern California market, having an online program is a strategically important.”
The CBA OMBA program is in the second phase of planning, with hopes to launch with a cohort of 25-30 students, with two intakes a year (fall and spring semester) and two 8-week sessions per semester. CBA says the program structure “will be based on best practices learned from other large Online MBA programs at top schools (e.g., Arizona State, Penn State, Temple, and UT-Dallas, among others).” In addition, the school plans to design courses through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery modes, as well as residentials that “would bring faculty and students into a face-to-face environment,” just 2-3 times during the entire program.
Besides a flexible program that requires few campus visits, students will benefit from a new online career services program that utilizes technology such as webinars and Zoom/Skype to “overcome the digital divide in the career services realm.” The school says that by this time next year, it hopes to be doing the final preparations for admitting and launching its first cohort of Online MBA students meeting at CSULB for their orientation.
The College of Business Administration is one of eight colleges of California State University, Long Beach. Business studies began at CSULB in 1949 with just 24 students. By the 1960s, the business school had close to 3,800 business students. Today, CBA is home to more than 4,800 business students enrolled in well over a dozen programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. CBA has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) since 1972.
Clayton State University – Morrow, Georgia
The College of Business at Clayton State University (CSU) has announced plans to launch a new fully Online MBA Program that costs just $12,705. The 33-credit hour program allows students to study general business or specialize in one of five in-demand areas including Accounting, Digital Marketing, Human Resource Leadership, International Business, or Supply Chain Management. In the publication Metro Atlanta CEO, Dean of the College of Business Dr. Jacob Chacko said, “We designed the MBA program to fit the life of busy professionals. Courses are offered year-round in an 8-week format, which provides students the flexibility to adjust their schedules based on workload variations in their respective profession. In addition, this design allows for five points of entry in a given year into the MBA program.”
Applications are currently being accepted for the fall, spring, and summer terms 2018. Students may select from two start date sessions in the fall and spring terms, and one in the summer, offering the greatest flexibility to begin the program. Clayton’s new Online MBA can be completed in just 12 months.
The College of Business at Clayton State University has five undergraduate majors, eight undergraduate minors, and five MBA concentrations. This AACSB-accredited school also offers access to nine student organizations, a speaker series, a major mentor program, the Center for Supply Chain Management, and the Small Business Development Center. Students in all programs have the chance to build their resume with internships, networking events, and the college’s specialized business research centers.
University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, Colorado
Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business (MCB) at University of Northern Colorado (UNC) has launched an Online MBA Program that is scheduled to begin in fall 2018. The school says that is has selected Academic partnerships (AP), a leading comprehensive online service provider, to expand access to the MBA program. AP specializes in assisting public universities with converting campus-based programs into an online format, while also leading efforts to recruit, enroll, and retain those students, in addition to faculty training and support.
In a UNC news release, MCB Dean Paul Bobrowski explained, “This move accelerates and amplifies our efforts to increase access to our MBA program—across Colorado and beyond. Students seeking a learning experience that balances theory with practice taught by top faculty, entrepreneurs and business practitioners will, I predict, find our MBA program to be a challenging, affordable and convenient option.”
The Online Monfort MBA Program offers Specializations in General Business Management, Healthcare Administration, and Human Resources Management. The current program is delivered exclusively on the Greeley campus. The school plans to transition all current MBA students to the online program, which will be delivered via UNCs existing course management software, Canvas.
The first cohort of Online MBA students will begin their coursework in August of 2018. The application for graduate programs at UNC will go live in April and admission decisions will continue to be made by the college and Graduate School.
Monfort College of Business is among the elite schools accredited in both Business Administration and Accounting. The school offers around nine “highly ranked programs with small class sizes, which allows students to connect with faculty and each other on a more personal level.” MCB is the first and only business program to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from the Office of the President of the United States (2004).