Welcome to 2018 designers! The new year promises to bring many changes to Online MBA Programs as the academic arena becomes even more competitive than it was just one year ago. B-schools such as USC Marshall School of Business and Warwick Business School are prepared to compete by making some unique, but strategic changes to their programs, while a number of top professors have launched “programs” that they claim can teach you all you need to know about business in a few weeks or even a few hours. In fact, one professor says his program is the shortest MBA ever—just eight hours at a fraction of the cost of a full-blown MBA program.
And then there’s George Mason University (GMU), which, like a number of other B-schools, has already eliminated its full-time residential MBA, and will now offer an MBA that can be completed entirely online.
We are pleased to announce that USC Marshall, Warwick Business School, George Mason University, and a top professor and venture capitalist have some exciting new programs and updates you need to know about. Read on.
University of Southern California (USC), Marshall School of Business – Los Angeles, California
USC Marshall School of Business launched its Online MBA in Fall 2015. Today, the AACSB-accredited program has a partnership with All Campus, a creative agency and enrollment services firm, which USC says was hired to help “support the programs continuous growth.” According to USC Online, Joe Diamond, CEO of All Campus, said, “Our team looks forward to partnering with such an esteemed university on a program that’s built to raise expectations and change the way we all think about the online MBA.”
Per the school, every course in the Marshall Online MBA is designed “top-to-bottom specifically for an online format.” Led by “renowned” members of the USC Marshall faculty, online coursework will be conducted primarily in an asynchronous format, with weekly synchronous seminars conducted by faculty via webcam. The format allows students to “enjoy a flexible learning experience that features real-time interaction with faculty as well as educational content that can be viewed at any time.” and a The program requires participation in a single, one-week on-campus event.
The program incorporates live action cases, interactive exercises, and virtual teams. A unique component of the program is students will have the ability to take classes in online programs at other USC schools and enroll in additional online courses from Marshall MS programs in entrepreneurship, global supply chain management, and marketing. Per the school, “the curriculum was created specifically for the program, rather than just taking traditional in-classroom content and putting it online.”
This isn’t the first successful online program for USC Marshall. The school has developed an online Master of Business Taxation and a Master of Global Supply Chain Management, and it has invested in “considerable infrastructure to develop online learning programs, training and supporting faculty and developing a dedicated instructional team and studio to build out the online MBA program curriculum.”
The Marshall Online MBA takes just 21 months to complete and applications are being accepted now for Fall 2018.
About USC Marshall School of Business
Founded in 1920, USC Marshall is the oldest accredited business school in Southern California. The school offers dozens of business programs to 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students. Aspiring MBAs have five options to choose from including the Full-Time MBA, Executive MBA (EMBA), Part-Time MBA, One-Year, Mid-Career IBERA MBA, and of course, the Online MBA.
University of Warwick, Warwick Business School – Coventry, UK
Warwick Business School (WBS) at University of Warwick has a top-ranked distance learning MBA that welcomes around 400 students each year from round the globe. With the exception of one required onsite visit, the program may be completed entirely online. To make the visit more convenient for students, WBS has just announced that it will be offering the event in London beginning in June of this year. The school says, “with more international flights available from London’s airports,” the addition will make it easier for international students to reach the in-class portion of the program.
Another benefit to the location is the campuses close proximity to the financial hub, the Bank of England, and major international financial institutions. This offers access to networking and business opportunities. The London campus opened in 2015 in the Shard Building—the capital’s tallest skyscraper.
Known as Warwick Weeks, this required campus event lasts two weeks. Students can study up to two modules fact-to-face (included in tuition), with full access to the University of Warwick library catalogue, including online journals, ebooks, and industry databases including Mintel, Amadeus and Thomson Research. In addition to the two Warwick Weeks, tuition includes one optional face-to-face module, which can be taken during the required or elective modules. Students can choose to study either in the UK or in cities such as Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Dubai, Mexico City or Rome. The WBS Distance Learning MBA can be completed in two to four years.
About Warwick Business School
WBS is a department of the University of Warwick. It is part of an elite group of global business schools who have triple accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA. In 1999, the school became the first institution in the UK to be accredited by US-based AACSB. WBS has been serving business students for 50 years and offers dozens of business programs at all degree levels. Options for aspiring MBAs include the Full-Time MBA, Distance Learning MBA, Distance Learning MBA (London), the Executive MBA (EMBA) and the Executive MBA (EMBA), London.
George Mason University – Fairfax, Virginia
George Mason University’s School of Business has eliminated its residential MBA program and now offers an MBA program that can be completed entirely online in less than three years. The program is open to students from all industries, with a minimum of two years professional work experience. So far, per the GMU website, students come from a “variety” of industries such as politics, finance, law, information systems, operations management, anthropology, media arts and design, international affairs, psychology, marketing, electrical engineering, computer science, biology, music, and foreign language.
Although the program can be completed entirely online, students have the option to participate in GMU’s Global Residency Program, which allows participants to spend a week abroad visiting and studying companies while completing a team project and “gaining a transformative view of business from another country’s perspective.” An optional Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics (BA) can be integrated into the Online MBA curriculum. This in-demand program focuses on the “collection, study, and delivery of data to make better business decisions and predictions.”
The GMU Online MBA consists of 48 credit hours that can be completed part-time in a convenient asynchronous format. Sample courses include Strategic Management, Management of Information Technology, Financial Markets, Marketing Analytics, Global Business Perspectives, Advanced Data Mining for Business Analytics, Negotiations, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. This AACSB-accredited program is accepting applications now.
About George Mason University
Established in 1957 as a branch college of the University of Virginia, George Mason University opened its doors with just 17 students. Today, GMU is Virginia’s largest public research university, with an enrollment of more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. The school offers dozens of programs leading to degrees at all levels. Programs are available on-campus, online, or a combination of the two.
An Entire MBA In 1 Course, Haroun Education Ventures, Inc. – Hillsborough, California
This new program won’t lead to a degree, but course designer Chris Haroun, an award-winning business school professor, venture capitalist, author, and former Goldman Sachs employee, says it will teach you everything you need to know about launching a company from scratch, making it profitable, and going public. In a nutshell, Haroun’s An Entire MBA In 1 Course consists of 63 lectures and eight hours of educational content covering the author’s extensive business knowledge, and how it can be applied to the real world.
According to Mashable, “students will learn the difference between macro and microeconomics, how investment banking firms work and how they can help your business, the essential ins and outs of taxes, and so much more.” In addition to the fundamentals, “students” will learn how to “develop personal connections and create better presentations for investors and customers.” Sample “classes” include Venture Capital, Business Presentations, Managing Cash Flow, Financial Capital and Securities Law, and Modeling and Valuation.
To date, this “wallet-sized” MBA has been purchased by more than 125,000 students in 11 languages in 196 countries. For more information about An Entire MBA in 1 Course, visit the official Haroun Education Ventures website.