With online and flexible MBA programs reporting significant growth over the past few years, it’s not surprising that dozens of schools around the globe have launched or revamped their MBA offerings to meet the demand. Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University announced the launch of the first fully online version of its nationally recognized MBA program, while the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) launched an “innovative” and more “affordable” Online MBA. The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University announced plans to launch a new Online MBA called MBA@Rice, and the School of Business at La Salle University launched a 100% Online MBA just months ago. And then there’s Penn State, which recently welcomed its first students into the school’s newly redesigned Penn State Online MBA Program. The list goes on.
With the end of the year fast approaching, several other schools are busy getting the word out that they too have some new offerings to share.
We are pleased to report that the Michael G. Foster School of Business at University of Washington has welcomed its inaugural Hybrid MBA class and applications are now being accepted for the next cohort. We are also happy to announce that Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University (ODU) has revised its MBA curriculum to attract students seeking a more convenient, fast-track option. Here you go.
University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business – Seattle, Washington
The Michael G. Foster School of Business at University of Washington recently welcomed its inaugural Hybrid MBA Program cohort. Forty-seven students from all over the world visited the UW campus in September to meet one another in person, get familiar with all the resources available to Foster School students, develop their study team contracts, and get to know each other’s communication styles. Because this is a Hybrid program, each quarter begins with a three to five-day in-person immersion on campus. However, “95% of your Hybrid MBA experience will take place online,” says the school.
The first of its kind offered by Foster School, the Hybrid MBA highlights virtual team simulations, an optional international study tour, video conferencing, podcasts, real-time course discussions, and active learning assessments. The program also features customized leadership roadmap and coaching, recorded live streaming lectures, interactive and monitored discussion boards, online career coaching with career management staff, and weekly (every Tuesday evening) 60-90 minute Foster Live sessions with faculty and fellow classmates.
Sample courses for the 64 credit hour Hybrid MBA include Decision Modeling, Global Strategy, Building Effective Teams, Domestic & International Economic Conditions, Competitive Strategy, and Ethical Leadership. Students can expect to complete the program in just two years, with summers off.
Founded in 1917, the Michael G. Foster School of Business serves more than 2,500 students. The second oldest institution of management education on the West Coast, the school offers dozens of programs leading to a bachelor’s, master’s or MBA. Just a few MBA options include the Global Executive MBA, the Technology Management MBA, and the Evening MBA. Foster School also offers certificates and minors, and all programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Old Dominion University, Strome College of Business – Norfolk, Virginia
Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University (ODU) has announced that the school’s MBA Program has been revised with a shorter curriculum and students may now complete the program online, on-campus, or a blend of both. The new and improved ODU MBA also offers unique specialty options that will allow students to customize their degree. More than 40 graduate certificate specializations are now available.
Established in 1964, the ODU MBA highlights courses such as Investments and Portfolio Management, Leadership Dynamics, Information and Knowledge Management, Global Macroeconomics, Managing in Contemporary Organizations, International Business Issues, and Contemporary Marketing. Students must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours to graduate and courses may be completed in as few as 21 months—full or part-time. The ODU MBA is AACSB accredited.
Strome College of Business at ODU serves more than 3,400 students through more than a dozen centers and departments. The College offers 11 undergraduate majors (17 degrees), five masters' degrees, two doctoral degrees in Business Administration (with four areas of specialization) and Public Administration & Urban Policy.