|University of Iowa||Iowa City||Iowa|
|The College of William & Mary||Williamsburg||Virginia|
It’s official. The Fall 2018 semester is well underway, with dozens of new Online MBA programs opening their doors for the first time to students. California State University Long Beach, Marquette University, and University of Texas at Arlington are just a few. Today, we would like to tell you about a several other programs that are either expanding an existing Online MBA program or launching a new one.
We are pleased to announce that the University of Iowa plans to launch a part-time Online MBA program and The College of William & Mary has expanded its popular Online MBA program. Jack Welch Management Institute (JWMI) at Strayer University has also launched a brand new concentration for its Online MBA for working professionals. Please continue reading.
University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa
Tippie College of Business at University of Iowa is awaiting a vote by the Iowa Board of Regents on whether to allow the school to add a 100% Online MBA option to its Professional MBA program. According to the Business Record, (Des Moines, Iowa), Tippie College of Business says the new online program will “expand the reach of the program beyond its three physical sites in Iowa and provide greater flexibility for working adults to earn an MBA.” The school has plans to phase out its full-time MBA program by May 2019.
University of Iowa currently has close to 1,000 students in its Professional MBA programs, including students at the Davenport/Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids, and Des Moines locations. This figure includes more than 400 MBA students taking in-person classes at the Pappajohn Education Center in Downtown Des Moines. Per the Business Record, the business college currently offers 14 of its MBA courses online for those students.
With the new Online MBA program, Tippie College of Business plans to cater to professionals living within the state, mainly in western Iowa, where University of Iowa “has been unable to offer in-person classes given the distances and limited number of faculty,” said Associate Dean of MBA programs for the Tippie College of Business, David Frasier. Eliminating the full-time program will free up faculty, allow Tippie college of Business to also target University of Iowa alums who have moved from Iowa for out-of-state positions, and keep the school “competitive with Drake University,” which launched a fully Online MBA program for part-time students in August of this year.
If the new Online MBA is approved, Tippie College of Business says it will “ramp up the program over a three-year period to offer about 54 online sections.” The first course offerings will begin Fall 2019, and each online course “would be capped at 45 students, with a target enrollment of 250 students for the fully online program.”
“We expect there is potential demand far exceeding what we can handle,” Frasier said.
Founded in 1847, the University of Iowa serves approximately 33,564 students from 114 countries and all 50 states. The school offers more than 200 majors, minors, and certificate programs along with more than 100 areas of graduate study across 12 colleges. University of Iowa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Tippie College of Business is fully accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The College of William & Mary – Williamsburg, Virginia
The College of William & Mary has announced that a $10 million gift from Virginia-Beach philanthropist and honorary William & Mary alumna Jane P. Batten will help the school's Raymond A. Mason School of Business launch a new School of Business Center for Online Learning. The Center will assist in expanding the Mason School of Business Online MBA program.
According to the school’s News & Media Center, Batten said, “through the Center for Online Learning, we are ensuring that a William & Mary business degree is within reach of so many more professionals, no matter where they live or work in the world.” Mason School of Business expects to quadruple its online offerings, along with an increase in faculty and staff.
Developed more than five years ago, the current Mason School of Business Online MBA highlights small class sizes, the potential to complete the program in as few as 24 months, an available GMAT waiver, and an immersive three-day experience on campus that allows students to meet their peers, hear lectures from business leaders, and connect face-to-face with faculty.
Applications for Spring 2019 are being accepted now.
Founded in 1693, The College of William & Mary is the second oldest institution of higher education in the United States. A “Public Ivy” institution, the school serves approximately 8,740 students enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate programs and more than 40 graduate and professional degree programs. The College of William & Mary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Raymond A. Mason School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Strayer University - Jack Welch Management institute – Herndon, Virginia
The Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University has launched a new Human Resources Leadership concentration for the school’s top-ranked Online MBA program. Per the school, the new program is aimed at “developing professionals who can build leaders and careers within the workplace.” The program will “combine leadership and business skills from the school’s core MBA curriculum with essential talent management tools” with a focus on “elevating the role and reputation” of Human Resources from a” service department to a strategic driver of organizational success.”
Students in the program will have the opportunity to learn from Jack Welch, Bill Conaty, former head of Human Resources at General Electric, and Human Resources experts from leading organizations such Netflix, Delta Airlines, and the HR Policy Association as part of the Experts of Practice lecture series. They will also learn from executives at Starbucks, McDonald’s, Home Depot and more. Specialty courses include Lead Change by Putting People First; Marketing in a Global Environment; New Business Ventures & Entrepreneurship; Recruit, Develop, Assess, Reward, Retain, and Strategic Partnering with the C-Suite.
The new Human Resources Leadership concentration joins the programs Healthcare concentration and applications for both specializations are being accepted now.
Established in 1892 as Strayer’s Business College, Strayer University offers online associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and certificate programs to thousands of students across the U.S. and abroad. The school has campuses in 15 states and DC and it is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
The Jack Welch Management Institute became part of Strayer University in 2012. The school currently enrolls more than 1,800 students, representing 47 states and 56 countries. To date, the school has graduated more than 1,200 working professionals. The Online MBA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).