Business has become the most popular graduate discipline that online students pursue, with both the supply and demand for Online MBA programs consistently rising around the world. In fact, in just the last few months, we’ve discovered dozens of brand new online MBA programs offered at some of the nation’s most respected institutions. Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T), Mount Mercy University, University of Dayton, Texas Wesleyan University (TWU), Cedarville University, and Santa Clara University are just a few. And just when we thought there might be a break in the action, several more schools announced that they too would be taking their nationally recognized MBA programs online!
We are pleased to announce that LaSalle University and Rice University are two of the latest additions to the supply. Here you go.
La Salle University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The School of Business at La Salle University is all set to launch its 100% Online MBA right now (October 2017). The program focuses on “the application of business theory and concepts to real-world scenarios,” says the school. “Offered in a flexible and convenient format” the new LaSalle Online MBA is ideal for “professionals balancing both work and personal obligations.”
In addition to a General MBA option, the program offers specializations in Accounting, Business Systems & Analytics, Finance, Management, and Marketing.
Classes are eight weeks in length and five start dates are offered each year. Sample courses include Frameworks for Socially Responsible Decision Making, Financial Markets, Business Analytics for Informed and Effective Decision Making, Creating Customers Through Effective Marketing Management, Financial Performance: Control and Measurement, Leadership: Theories and Skill Development, Competitive Strategy (Capstone), Financial Statement Analysis, and Information Technology for Decision Making.
In addition to the new fully Online MBA, the School of Business at La Salle offers a part-time Hybrid MBA that offers each course 50% online and 50% in person.
La Salle University was established in 1863 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the school is home to around 4,000 students enrolled in 50 areas of study across three schools including Arts and Sciences, Business, and Nursing and Health Sciences. La Salle’s School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
Rice University – Houston, Texas
The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University has announced plans to launch a brand new Online MBA program. The school plans to partner with 2U, Inc., a leading provider of high-quality education online, to deliver the program designed to “serve working professionals.” Already known as the MBA@Rice, the program highlights weekly, live small-group online sessions, courses taught by nationally recognized faculty, interactive course content, and required on-campus immersive and global offsite experiences “where students will collaborate in person to further develop leadership skills in a global context.”
Though courses and concentrations for the program have yet to be announced, the online program will likely closely mirror the traditional Jones MBA. The on-campus program has more than 100 elective options and nine concentrations including Accounting, Energy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Health Care, Marketing, Operations Management, Real Estate, and Strategic Management. Sample courses include Data Analysis, Leading Change, Managerial Economics, Business Communications, Corporate Responsibility, and Organizational Behavior.
Global experiences, including global immersions, international seminars, and global intersessions may take students to places such as Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City, Costa Rica, Germany, Cartagena, Bogota, Argentina, Spain, or India.
Upon Rice Faculty Senate and accreditor approval, MBA@Rice is set to launch in 2018.
Rice University was chartered in 1891 as the William Marsh Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science, and Art. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges (COC), the school is home to 6,740 students enrolled in more than 50 undergraduate majors and dozens of graduate programs across eight schools. Jones Graduate School of Business is AACSB accredited.