Spring is just around the corner, bringing with it new beginnings, bursts of color, and some awesome new programs every aspiring MBA should know about! First, Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado plans to expand access to its MBA option this fall by offering the program entirely online. Next, Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, Colorado, has teamed up with Herat University, Afghanistan, to develop a unique hybrid MBA that promises access for all. Finally, the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University is now this close to welcoming its very first online MBA cohort. And guess what? There’s still time to apply if you want to be a part of it. Read on.
University of Northern Colorado, Monfort College of Business – Greeley, Colorado
University of Northern Colorado’s (UNC) Monfort College of Business (MCB) has announced that it will be moving the school’s popular MBA program online. In the announcement, Monfort College Dean Paul Bobrowski said, “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.”
Sample courses for the program include Business Quantitative Methods, Compensation, Rewards and Performance Management, Current Issues in Healthcare Policy & Management, Information Technology Strategies for Managers, Talent Management, Managing Healthcare Quality and Compliance, and Training and Organizational Development.
Applications for the graduate programs at UNC will go live in April and admission decisions will continue to be made by the college and Graduate School. The first cohort of Online MBA students will begin their coursework in August of 2018, with courses taught by faculty in the Monfort College of Business. All courses will be delivered online and via UNC’s existing course management software, Canvas.
The MBA program at UNC is currently delivered exclusively on the Greeley campus. All current MBA students will be transitioned to the online program this fall.
Established as the Colorado State Normal School in 1889, University of Northern Colorado is a four-year doctoral-granting university that serves more than 12,200 students enrolled in 200 undergraduate and graduate programs on-campus, off-campus and online. UNC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Monfort College of Business, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the 2018-2019 academic year, is accredited by AACSB International.
University of Denver, Daniels College of Business – Colorado, Herat University – Herat, Herat Province, Afghanistan
Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver (DU) in Colorado and Herat University (Herat U) in Afghanistan are working together to launch a new MBA Program that Daniels says, “Will overcome a challenging business climate, while drawing from Afghanistan’s emerging private sector.” Faculty from DU Daniels will work with Herat faculty to design an MBA curriculum and “create cases and projects suited to the local context” to help “increase the leadership capacity and employability of Afghan citizens.” To create these cases, Brent Chrite, Dean of Daniels College, says, “the school will work with leaders in Afghanistan’s emerging private sector and government ministries, many of whom are eager to engage with academia.”
Supported by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the program will utilize the blended learning model, which will include face-to-face meetings, synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning, and virtual classroom engagement. The hybrid format will be an option for at least two years after the program launches. After two years, Herat faculty will deliver all face-to-face teaching, with some video lectures provided by the Daniels faculty.
Note that DU Daniels offers a fully Online MBA Program known as MBA@Denver. The program consists of 60 credits, and it can be completed in as few as 21 months.
About Daniels College of Business
Founded in 1908, Daniels College of Business offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs for students in all stages of life. Undergraduates have access to dozens of majors and minors, and for MBAs, Daniels has four options: the Full-Time MBA, Part-Time Professional MBA, Executive MBA (EMBA) and MBA@Denver (Online). Daniels College of Business has been continuously accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1923.
About Herat University
Established in 1988, Herat University is Afghanistan’s second largest university. It serves around 10,500 students, one-third of whom are women. The school offers dozens of programs in the areas of Arts, Literature, Agriculture, Economics, Computer Science, Engineering, Law and Political Science, Medical, Social Science, and Public Administration, to name a few.
Rice University – Houston, Texas
Back in October, we told you about Rice University’s plans to launch an Online MBA Program this year. While the program is currently pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, applications are now being accepted online.
Offered through the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, the brand new Online MBA is a partnership with 2U, Inc., a leading provider of high-quality education online. Designed to “serve working professionals,” and already known as the MBA@Rice, the program highlights weekly, live small-group online sessions, courses taught by nationally recognized faculty, and interactive course content. Courses for the program have finally been announced and include titles such as Leadership, New Enterprise, Strategy: Formulation and Implementation, Corporate Responsibility, Economic Environment of Business, Competitive Strategy, Negotiations, Business-Government Relations, Strategic Business Communication, and Organizational Behavior.
Beginning in the second year of the program, students will choose from some 100+ elective courses “that focus on building specialized skills in areas such as finance, marketing, strategy and entrepreneurship,” says the school. Online students will also have the opportunity participate in a number of global experiences including global immersions, international seminars, and global intersessions, which will take them to places such as Argentina, Beijing, Bogota, Cartagena, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Mexico City, Shanghai, and Spain.
About Rice University
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 nearly 7,000 students enrolled in more than 50 undergraduate majors and dozens of graduate programs across eight schools. Jones Graduate School of Business is accredited by AACSB International.