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May 14, 2021

Real Humans Alumni: Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management, On-campus MBA – Muhammad Khan

Real Humans Alumni: Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management, On-campus MBA –  Muhammad Khan

School and Program:

Muhammad Khan, On-Campus MBA Alum of the Whitman School of Management

Syracuse Whitman On-Campus MBA

Hometown:

Lahore, Pakistan

Undergraduate Institution and Major:

Lahore School of Economics

Pre-MBA Work Experience:

I was running a solar solutions startup in Lahore, Pakistan, for 4.5 years. Prior to that, I had worked in the construction industry (2 years), and prior to that, I was in apparel sales management at Levi’s Strauss, Pakistan. Overall, I had about 9 years of work experience when I decided to pursue my MBA degree in the US.

What were the factors that led to you pursuing graduate degree? Why business school?

While working in Levi’s, I was not satisfied with the pace of work and wanted to build my own company. So, I went to Singapore for training with Levi’s, and used my free time to research the different types of first world technologies that were not available in Pakistan. This led me toward Solar Energy; Pakistan at this point faced an acute shortage of energy with rolling blackouts occurring on a daily basis. Thus, on my return, I started working on starting my own company on the side and a year later I left Levi’s to pursue my business full-time. Within a couple of years of starting my own business, I realized that I was really lacking in knowledge pertaining to running and setting up a business. I had the entrepreneurial spirit but lacked the know-how. This realization made want to pursue an MBA and specifically focus in Entrepreneurship.

What factored most prominently into your final choice of where to study? Why did you pick your school/program?

As I was researching my options, I heard about the Fulbright Program, which offers grants to qualified Pakistani graduate students to pursue their graduate education at a US university. I applied to the program and after my third attempt was selected as a Fulbright Scholar. Regarding my choice of university, I would call it serendipitous that I ended up at Syracuse University! As a Fulbright Scholar from Pakistan, I did not actually choose the final university, I had to provide them with a couple of choices and give them an outline program of interest. My focus was to get an MBA specializing in Entrepreneurship. Given that Syracuse University is very well-known for its Entrepreneurship program, the Fulbright program made the decision to add this to the list of schools they applied for on my behalf, I was then selected to pursue my MBA degree at the Whitman School of Management.

How did the school/program that you chose contribute to your career progression? How did what you learnt in the program help you find your post-graduation job?

Upon my return to Pakistan after completing my MBA, I realized that any competitive advantage that I might have had in my solar business had been lost in the two years and it did not seem prudent to restart that business. At Whitman, I had taken a business personality test through my course ‘Entrepreneurship 101’. Through subsequent conversations with my professor Johan Wiklund, I realized that I enjoyed innovating, building, and problem solving. With this insight, I reached out to a friend who was a corporate recruiter and explained the type of roles that I was seeking. She found me a team that was working in Innovation & Financial inclusion in Pakistan’s largest commercial bank Habib Bank Limited and after a rigorous interview process, I was hired as the Senior Manager, Product Digitization in 2018.

What was your favorite thing about the city/campus?

I loved the campus! I have literally traveled across the US and have visited more than 20 university campuses. But I can rank Syracuse University as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. I appreciated that the city was not too large and that the population had a large student demographic. This made life outside the classroom that much more exciting. Also, being near the Finger Lakes, there was a lot to see nearby to get one’s mind off the rigors of classes. The international student center on campus made great efforts to help incoming foreign students break the ice with other students and I was able to make friends from all over the world. I am still in touch with a lot of my classmates from my program and with those, I had met through my interactions outside the classroom.

Would you do anything differently if you could research and apply to business school over again?

Yes. I would have taken more business analytics courses and taken an extra semester to get a second master’s degree in Business Analytics from Whitman. I loved my experience at Syracuse University, and I know that it has contributed to my growth, both professionally and personally, in ways I could not have imagined. As an example, for our B-School Capstone project, I had to work with my group to come up with a business idea and then create a formal business plan. We were all given roles in the new business and I was chosen as the CEO! During the course I had to manage my team and inspire them into delivering the work required. I must admit that initially I managed our team poorly, due to not being able to communicate well with them, which led to some tense moments. But after I sat down with one of my other team members who pointed out some flaws in my management techniques, I was able to adapt and improve my management skills. We then made adjustments and went on to win the Capstone Competition and were rated the best business plan amongst the MBAs.

Also, in retrospect, I wish I had utilized the student incubator center at Whitman to launch a business idea. I spent my free time auditing classes at other schools such as the College of Law or Maxwell School of Public Policy. I could have also tried to conceptualize my next startup idea upon my return home.

What do you think is the biggest myth about business school?

I was able to manage my coursework and still find time to explore other courses as well as networking activities being offered at the university that I benefited from immensely. For instance, I participated in a group trip to the Adirondack mountains in NY organized by ‘Orange Dialogue for Peace’. In this trip as a group we indulged in team building activities, dialogue on complicated topics (where emotions would run high) and leisure activities. This was such a revelation for me to experience different points of view and get to learn to engage in difficult conversations in a proactive manner. I was also heavily involved in the Whitman Graduate Student Organization (WGSO) as VP Events, which led me to create a rapport with the graduate student body and increase my network.

Of course, if one has no sense of time management, then yes, things could go awry. But, if one understands the balance of work and play, then B-School offers immense opportunities to enhance both.

What is your advice for incoming students to the program? And how can they get the most from an MBA experience?

Get out of the business school and take courses from other schools and make friends at other schools. Businesses will require you to have a network of professionals in various fields such as engineering, software, etc. and making these connections and understanding these fields would be beneficial in making you a well-rounded professional. Also, engage in a lot of extracurricular activities at the overall university level, take time to travel, and engage with the overall university community. Syracuse afforded me many opportunities to do just that and I have very fond memories.

Fun fact that didn’t get included in your application:

Buy a car and get a group of like-minded adventurous people and travel across the US. This was one of the best experiences of my student life!


May 12, 2021

Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Q&A with Director of Recruiting Joe Soto

Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Q&A with Director of Recruiting Joe Soto

Joe Soto, the Director of Recruiting at the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business, recently sat down with MetroMBA to share insight into the Full-Time MBA Program. He has been with Rice Business since 2006, previously working as the associate director of recruiting in the Employer Relations team and an assistant director in the Executive MBA and Full-Time MBA programs. His current role includes managing all aspects of prospective student recruiting across all of the Rice MBA programs.

MetroMBA: How does this program differentiate from other offerings at your school and other programs in the GME space?

Joe Soto, Director of Recruiting

Joe Soto: The Full-Time MBA program allows students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a combination of academic, student life and career opportunities. For most of our students, this is the last opportunity to devote this amount of time and resources to enhance their career prospects.

MetroMBA: What is the typical profile of a student who would benefit most from this program and what characteristics are your admissions team looking for?

Joe Soto: A student looking to transition into a new role or industry would benefit from joining our Full-Time MBA program. This program is designed to help a student make a smooth transition across various industries, geographies and functional roles.

MetroMBA: What types of financial aid are available to students?

Joe Soto: We consider all applicants for merit-based scholarships. There is no additional application process to be considered for scholarships. We also have a Student Financial Services team that offers one-on-one consultations with admitted students to discuss their unique financial situation, the loan process, tuition payment plans, and other financial aid opportunities.

MetroMBA: How does your school assist in finding job opportunities and how does your program enhance a student’s profile as a job applicant?

Joe Soto: Rice Business has a fantastic Career Development Office that exclusively supports our MBA students. This office is actually comprised of two teams: Career Advising and Employer Relations. Our career advisors provide career coaching to help our students prepare for the corporate recruiting process or promotion conversations. One amazing perk of our program is that alumni still have access to our career advisors. The other team in the Career Development Office focuses on developing relationships with companies. The Employer Relations team assists companies with hiring our MBA students via information sessions, coffee chats, club events, industry treks, job boards, sponsorship, etc. Students can also access additional corporate recruiting support and company engagement events by joining one of many full-time MBA associations. Some of the most popular are the Consulting Association, Finance Association, Entrepreneurship Association, Technology Association and Rice Business Board Fellows. Our program enhances a student’s profile by developing them as leaders, creating a safe space for them to apply what they learn during experiential learning opportunities, teaching them how to properly navigate the corporate recruiting process, and customizing the curriculum to achieve their specific career goals.

MetroMBA: What is one insider tip you can provide prospective applicants about applying to this program?

Joe Soto:  Prospective students are constantly concerned about the size of the alumni base. While a valid point, prospective students tend to forget about the importance of having a responsive alumni base. Our smaller-but-mightier alumni are actively involved in meeting with and guiding students and fellow alumni.

 

Lightning Round


What is one restaurant every student must visit and why?
This is a really tough question given the vast amount of great restaurants in Houston; I always recommend Crawfish and Noodles as a “can’t miss” stop. Hopefully, you visit during crawfish season but I think this restaurant is the epitome of Houston; it blends two distinct cultures into one synchronous tasteful experience.


Where is the best cup of coffee on campus?
Hands down, the best coffee is at the Student Coffee House in the Rice Memorial Center. Where else can you support the undergraduates and get a cup of coffee for $1? We also have a convenient new coffee shop, Audrey’s, centrally located in McNair Hall, which is home to Rice Business.


What is the best ‘hidden secret’ on campus?
The James Turrell Skyspace is a hidden daytime gem. The art installation is popular at sunset and sunrise but it’s a great place to relax and enjoy lunch with friends.

Contact:

Name: 
Joe Soto
Title: Director of Recruiting
Email: jas2@rice.edu
Phone: 713.348.5127
Toll-Free: 888.844.4773


May 7, 2021

Real Humans Alumni: Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management, On-campus MBA – Deedi Brown

Real Humans Alumni: Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management, On-campus MBA –  Deedi Brown

School and Program:

Deedi Brown, On-Campus MBA Alum of the Whitman School of Management

Syracuse Whitman On-Campus MBA

Hometown:

Cortland, New York

Undergraduate Institution and Major:

Binghamton University with a dual bachelor’s in marketing and theatre.

Pre-MBA Work Experience:

I got my MBA right after completing my undergrad degree, although I had had several internships as well as on-campus leadership experience.

What were the factors that led to you pursuing graduate degree? Why business school?

I always knew that I was going to want a master’s degree, and rather than starting to work full-time, then taking a break to go back to school, I figured I might as well finish school all in one shot. The MBA called to me because I knew that I had skills that could take me down a variety of different career paths, but I also had gaps between them. I wanted to continue to explore while filling the holes in my skillset, broadening my professional network, and getting on-hands experience in real-world situations.

What factored most prominently into your final choice of where to study? Why did you pick your school/program?

I grew up in the Syracuse area (and had attended quite a few SU basketball games in the Dome as a kid), so a part of me had always wanted to be a student there. But I also knew how much the university means to the broader community. I’d loved working with local businesses and nonprofits during my time at Binghamton, and so I was eager to attend another school with strong local ties. I was also drawn to the small, intimate feel of Whitman’s MBA program nestled inside such a vast, resource-rich university.

How did the school/program that you chose contribute to your career progression? How did what you learnt in the program help you find your post-graduation job?

I absolutely found my way to the career I love during my time at Whitman — specifically through my involvement with student groups and classes that put me into contact with real, local businesses. It started during my time in the Whitman Consulting Club, helping business owners create Facebook pages and websites. That sparked my interest in digital marketing more broadly, and I sought out more classes and projects where I could develop those skills.
Today, I lead an educational content product at a fintech startup. My passion got me here, but so did my education — I wouldn’t have had the vocabulary to start writing about finance and investing if I hadn’t pursued an MBA, which exposed me to so much more than just digital marketing.

What was your favorite thing about the city/campus?

I loved the small, intimate feeling of the Whitman school nestled inside the large university that is Syracuse. And I loved how connected the school is to the local community, which made me feel engaged and provided me with so many real-world learning experiences.

Would you do anything differently if you could research and apply to business school over again?

No! I loved it and wouldn’t change a thing.

What do you think is the biggest myth about business school?

The biggest myth is that all you learn how to do is write resumes and use Excel (although there definitely is a lot of that). Business school is about broadening your horizons, learning the skills you’re lacking, and building a network of people who will support you throughout your career.

What is your advice for incoming students to the program? And how can they get the most from an MBA experience?

My advice is to take hard classes. We’re all conditioned to care about our GPA above everything, but the truth of the matter is that the exact grades you get during your MBA program just aren’t important. The important part is that you are learning things you didn’t know before, filling in the gaps in your skillset, and becoming good at what you do. That literally just doesn’t happen when you only take classes that you know you can get an A in.

Fun fact that didn’t get included in your application:

I read 150 books last year.


Apr 19, 2021

Rice Business Equips You To Excel As 21st Century Business Leaders

Rice Business Equips You To Excel As 21st Century Business Leaders

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Looking for a job that’s future-proof? At Rice Business, students become 21st century business leaders by making their own future, with first-rate foundational knowledge, expert technical training, practical experience — and powerful relationships based on collaboration and shared values.

A stellar career today often includes both a traditional climb up a corporate structure – and the exhilarating, high-stakes launch of a startup. Rice Business, ranked #1 in Entrepreneurship in Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine and #3 in Finance by the Princeton Review, is exceptional for its blend of high-level classroom skill and practical training, said Professor Barbara Ostdiek, our senior associate dean. “Rice Business offers a balance of a traditional core curriculum focused on foundational and functional knowledge, wrapped in opportunities to apply that learning in real-time, guided practice,” she said.

An MBA Program That Listens To Students

The outcomes speak for themselves. Class of 2020 member Doug Fiefia, born in Tonga and raised in Utah, is heading to Google as a manager in customer solutions. At Rice Business, he said, one of his most powerful learning experiences has been in student leadership. In the school’s small, collaborative environment, even first-semester students are pushed to lead and shape campus groups.

“During the first year of my MBA, I realized there was no formal process for voicing student concerns and ideas,” Fiefia recalled. “I met with several stakeholder groups to try to resolve this gap and we came up with a tool called Owl Voice.” Feedback from the popular tool now goes to student officers, who respond in collaboration with staff, faculty and school leadership. “I’m grateful that I am part of an MBA program that listens to students,” Fiefia said.

Linking Business And Public Policy

Norma Torres Mendoza, also class of 2020, will be going to Ernst & Young. Torres Mendoza said she chose Rice Business for its many scholarship opportunities, its small size and its partnerships with international universities. A key element of her education, she said, was studying Business-Government relations with Professor Doug Schuler. “He teaches us that business should not and cannot work isolated from politics and the external world,” she said. “He created a bridge between the business and public policy worlds and has reinforced my passion for international mergers and acquisitions. Furthermore, he continues to teach us that all of our business actions have consequences, and as business leaders, we must have a consciousness about the positive and negative effects of our strategies.”

Bringing Houston To Rice Business Students

For all Rice Business students, interacting with Houston — the fourth largest and most diverse city in the country – is an essential part of the program. A roster of short elective courses allows our students to learn directly from the city’s top-tier business leaders on key emerging business topics. These immersive, experiential short courses cover topics such as digital disruption in financial services, block chain as a new economic infrastructure, building the data-driven firm, SQL for managers, and commercial real estate in the new economy.

“A benefit of sitting in Houston is our ability to tap phenomenal business leaders to bring their perspective and expertise to our students,” Ostdiek said. “At Rice Business, we are able to blend a small, intimate, elite university environment with this vibrant commercial center. We make a point of bringing Houston to the students.”

Rice Business fortifies this classroom experience with hands-on work. “Our students apply what they’ve learned on messy real world problems,” Ostdiek said. Second year Rice Business students can choose from a roster of specialized “lab” courses where small teams work on real problems for corporate clients or, in some cases, the students’ own new product ideas or business acquisition initiatives. Among these courses are the Wright Fund, a student-led investment fund, the Athena marketing group, and labs focused on health care operations, supply chain challenges, international energy entrepreneurship, new enterprises, and enterprise acquisition.

Prepares You For A Range Of Opportunities

Rice Business also prioritizes diversity. Both research data and practical experience agree: 21st century business leaders need to be able to interact with a range of colleagues, economies, resources and cultures. Our program includes a required Global Field Experience that includes consulting with companies and organizations in the host country. Students also have the option of studying abroad at a broad network of partner institutions.

On campus, the small student body ensures that professors know your name – and students from an array of backgrounds become lifelong colleagues. All are eligible to tap the Doerr Institute for New Leadership for free, expert coaching on professional and personal development. To Dominic Smith, class of 2020, this Rice Business network was crucial preparation for his new position at Wells Fargo as an investment banking associate.

“I am most proud of being selected to work in the Wright Fund,” Smith said. The rigorous student-led equity fund, he said, thoroughly prepared him not only for investment banking — but a range of other possible career paths. Meanwhile, outside the classroom, as Co-President of the Black Business Student Association, Smith joined his classmates in creating an innovative business case contest for local second graders. In addition to prepping and judging the students, Smith said, his team has set up a meeting for the second graders with executives from a Fortune 100 company. The topic? Their own goals as 21st century business leaders.

Contact:

Name: 
Kalyn Speck
Title: Assistant Director of Recruiting, Recruiting and Admissions
Email: kms15@rice.edu
Phone: 713.348.3732


Apr 12, 2021

How Rice Business Protects Its Learning Community During The Pandemic

How Rice Business Protects Its Learning Community During The Pandemic

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At Rice Business, one of the first principles MBA students learn is to have a strategy. Whether it’s for a startup or an established organization, they’re taught that knowing their goals and preparing for adversity are key for performance. As the world confronts COVID-19, that lesson has proven apt for the school itself.

Located at a top research university near the world-class Texas Medical Center, Rice Business built on an existing, state-of-the-art safety infrastructure and its own culture of collaboration and leadership. In a recent conversation, Adam Herman, executive director for MBA student services, outlined the steps that make Rice Business both COVID-19 resistant – and as competitive as ever.

Thanks to the ability of faculty and staff to pivot to online course delivery, and to an early investment in technology, the school quickly reinvented its delivery of top-tier business training. “Our pandemic actions are an outgrowth of who we really are,” Herman said. “We’re an intentionally small business school located within a superb university community. As a part of Rice University, we used the university’s excellent protective protocols from the start, working closely with its university-wide Crisis Management Team.” As a result, Rice Business was able to quickly add adaptations for its own students. This has led to a learning community that has managed to keep COVID-19 cases relatively low while providing the same top education for which Rice Business is known.

At the university-wide level, protective measures now include:

  • Regular testing of all community members through PCR-based mitigation testing
  • An extensive contact tracing apparatus
  • COVID-19 dashboard
  • Weekly community updates

Committed To Individual Responsibility 

Both the university and Rice Business are committed to Rice’s university-wide standards of individual responsibility. “Among other policies, that means having our community members wear masks at all times on campus, except when eating, and to maintain six feet of distance,” Herman said. “We also utilized the university’s Culture of Care framework to remind students of our collective duty to each other, both with on-campus and off-campus behaviors.”

Within Rice Business the school’s signature collegiality promptly reinforced these policies, he added.

But collegiality, he noted, doesn’t imply as acting in lockstep. Because of the diversity in students’ lives and work responsibilities, Rice Business leadership prioritizes individual choice and judgement. No student, for example, is required to come to campus. Instead, Rice Business invested in new ways to deliver its programs and services to all.

Because student-led clubs, friendships and spontaneous chats all help build the unique, collaborative Rice Business culture, the school has been innovative in preserving them. “Student life programming, including student club and organization activities, continues,” Herman said. “We continue to deliver some activities like our now-online partio – the beloved weekly party on the patio. Case competitions take place online or in hybrid form: the October Adam Smith Society case competition, for instance, took place in hybrid mode, allowing both on-campus participants and remote team members to present to guest judges.”

Trainings on Agile and Six Sigma have been delivered online by the Consulting Association and the Operations and Supply Chain Association. Students even venture off-campus for outdoor outings hosted by the Golf Club – with six feet of distance, naturally.

When Feasible: Flexibility In Class Modes

Whenever feasible, Rice Business offers choices on how to attend class. Until recently, students and faculty had freedom to choose their classroom options, including fully-remote mode or modified modes for specific needs, health concerns and risk calculations.

“In the fall,” Herman said, “most students used what we call our two-room, dual-mode hybrid learning environment. It provided seats in on-campus classrooms for students in the majority of instances when   they want to attend on campus.”

This January, as external COVID cases rose sharply, Rice turned to remote-only classroom attendance for community safety. As vaccination availability increases and COVID cases drop, Herman said, the school will pivot again to its multi-choice model.

At any time, students may take classes via fully-remote delivery from home or elsewhere, getting the same educational experience that they would in person. To ensure this quality, last summer Rice Business invested more than $1 million in technology, installing sophisticated microphone and video arrays allowing students to be easily seen and heard by their instructors and peers – wherever they are.

Top Ten Ranking In Classroom Experience

As a result, Rice Business teaching has continued to flourish: Last year, the Princeton Review gave Rice Business a #10 national ranking for classroom experience.

Maintaining student safety along with academic excellence has also shown the school’s interlocking strengths, Herman noted. “The student program office, all the folks who provide faculty and IT support, the professors, all ensured that students had the specific classes they needed to graduate on time.”

The real test of Rice Business, of course, is what happens after graduation. Here, too, the school has upgraded its already intensive career guidance. “Thanks to direction by Phil Heavilin, executive director of the Career Development Office, we offer all the same career services an MBA student would expect,” Herman said. “But we’ve also retooled our coaching and career education and infrastructure, so students are now prepared to do remote interviewing. In fact, many corporations are now recruiting remotely for the first time.”

No business student plans to have their graduate work upended by a pandemic. Even so, at Rice Business, teaching adaptability is business as usual. “Our students are already using the resilience, adaptability and critical thinking that come from not knowing what the future will look like,” he said. Because of the extraordinary measures taken to keep them safe, he said, “Rice Business is able to be a powerful lab – and a psychologically safe one – to experiment and then have this experience in your toolbox.”

Contact:

Name: 
Kalyn Speck
Title: Assistant Director of Recruiting, Recruiting and Admissions
Email: kms15@rice.edu
Phone: 713.348.3732


Apr 1, 2021

Online MBA

Pace University Online MBA Program Structure

The Pace University online MBA is designed for working professionals. Students can complete the program part- or full-time completely asynchronously, and gain the multifaceted industry knowledge necessary to become strategic, business problem solvers from the comfort of their own homes. 

This 100% online program has been handcrafted by expert faculty to ensure that students are career-ready upon completion and also acts as an incubator for students to network with other business professionals around the world.  

Whether looking to become an entrepreneur or advance in the workplace, students in this program are prepared for success. The Lubin School of Business is dually accredited for both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, an elite distinction shared by fewer than 2% of business schools in the world. We are also the #1 private university in the nation for the upward economic mobility of students, according to Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights.

 

Curriculum at the Pace University Online MBA Program

Our 39-credit-hour MBA program offers students an opportunity to build upon their leadership skills and earn an advanced degree in 2 years part-time or 1 year full-time.
We believe students learn by doing. Because of this, we put an emphasis on project-based learning to ensure that students graduate with both theoretical business knowledge and practical experience. Students complete individual and group assignments such as creating regression models and analyzing their data, or building and running their own business prototypes.

The Pace University Online MBA focuses on the core areas of focus in business such as business economics, marketing performance, operations management, strategy, and analytics. The program consists of 10 required courses and a choice of 3 elective courses.

 

Class Profile

Average GPA: 3.19
% Female: 68.75%
% Male: 31.25%
Age Range: 21-58 years old

 

Career Statistics

The online Master of Business Administration is a competitive program from the #1 private university in upward mobility. In 2019, 95% of graduates from Lubin School of Business master’s programs were employed or continuing their education upon completion from the program. They also earned an average base salary that was over $30,000 more than the average US worker. 

 

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid 

The current cost of the Pace University online MBA program is $1,344 per credit hour, with a total tuition cost of $52,416.
Students enrolled in Pace Online programs may be eligible for Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loans and private education loans to cover tuition and other education-related costs.
Eligible veteran students can also receive tuition benefits offered by the GI Bill.

 

Admissions

A bachelor’s degree in any field is required to apply. Students must also submit the following to be considered for our MBA program:

  • Application
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Official GMAT/GRE scores*
  • Official transcripts for all college-level coursework
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

To satisfy the Proof of English Requirement, international students must also submit TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE, or Duolingo academic scores.

*Students applying to the program who received a cumulative baccalaureate GPA of 3.0 or higher are not required to provide GMAT/GRE scores. Other individuals may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

 

Application deadlines are as follows:

Pace offers six start dates every year: two in the fall, two in spring, and two in summer. We review applications on a rolling basis, so you are welcome to apply any time before the posted deadline. 

The next start date is

January 24, 2022

The application deadline is

January 10, 2022


Feb 26, 2021

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Feb 11, 2021

New Flex MBA for Part-Time Students at Maryland Smith

New Flex MBA for Part-Time Students at Maryland Smith

The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business launched a new Flex MBA program through the school’s Baltimore, Rockville, and Washington, D.C. locations. Students can complete the curriculum, either online or in-person, in 24 months.

The new Maryland Smith Flex MBA program is designed for students with five to eight years of professional experience. The same faculty as the full-time MBA program will also be delivering the curriculum.

Paulo Prochno, Maryland Smith’s assistant dean for part-time MBA and online programs, spoke more about the program. “Students can select the pace and location that best suits their career goals,” he says. “The looming return to full, in-person classes intensifies the significance for MBA programs to accommodate, at a high level of quality, wide-ranging needs and preferences in terms of learning style and job requirements affecting availability.”

In addition to the core and elective courses, Maryland Smith Flex MBA students will participate in Business Decoded Saturday Seminars led by Maryland Smith professors.  “The seminars will showcase the latest research to reveal what’s just on the horizon of business,” Prochno says. “Plus, these sessions also are open to alumni, providing the students with increased networking opportunities.”

Each location offers a different industry focus. In Baltimore, students can choose among General Management, Finance (Investment), and Innovation and Project Management. General Management is the focus for Rockville. And, Washington, D.C.’s primary focus areas are General Management, Finance (Corporate), and Digital Marketing. 

Upcoming livestream Maryland Smith Flex MBA information sessions will take place at 6 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 16th about Rockville, and Wednesday, February 24th about Washington D.C.

See the full announcement here.


Jan 11, 2021

Rady School of Management Receives STEM-Designation

Rady School of Management Receives STEM-Designation

The Rady School of Management is best known for its innovative, quantitative, and data-driven curriculum, so much so that the school recently received its STEM designation without having to adjust their curriculum to receive approval. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics certifications will provide immediate benefits to prospective applicants, most notably international students who can now work and stay in the United States for three years on an H1B visa.

The STEM designation now applies to all the MBA programs in the Rady School of Management, including their Full-Time, FlexEvening, and FlexWeekend MBA. This adds to the existing STEM-designated programs including the MS in Accountancy, MS in Business Analytics, and MS in Finance programs.  In addition, Rady is now the first school in San Diego to be STEM-designated according to the executive director for MBA programs, Silvia McCallister-Castillo.

“Most programs only have specific concentrations within their MBA program STEM-designated, however all of Rady’s MBA programs are STEM-designated. Our program was already analytical and data-driven, so we did not need to change our curriculum like most schools.  Hiring managers have known students in our programs excel in an analytical and data-driven curriculum and the STEM designation confirms our excellence,” says McCallister-Castillo.

International applicants will receive the biggest benefits of the STEM designation for the Rady School of Management. McCallister-Castillo adds, “Before the STEM designation, international students who were on an F1 visa were eligible for Optional Practical Training, which allows students to stay and work in the United States for 12 months. With the STEM designation, students can now obtain an extension to work and stay in the United States for an additional 24 months. Rady MBA students now can take advantage of the 24-month extension, opening more career options.”

The STEM designation also strengthens Rady’s appeal for domestic applicants, such as programmers or scientists who want to gain business or management experience to complement their technical skills. In addition, students with more general undergraduate backgrounds like English or humanities can develop their quantitative or analytical background while gaining the skills to communicate or apply logic to become a more well-rounded employee. “We work closely with our Employer Advisory Board, and the biggest feedback hiring managers are looking for are employees who can do many things, learn new things and are keen to keep learning.  We do this very well at Rady, training our students on developing these skills through our curriculum and our faculty working closely with them” says McCallister-Castillo.



Dec 20, 2020

Highlights of The Princeton Review’s 2021 Top Online MBA Ranking

Highlights of The Princeton Review’s 2021 Top Online MBA Ranking

The Princeton Review— the education services company known for its test prep, tutoring, and college and grad school rankings—recently released its ranking lists of Best Business Schools for 2021.  The Princeton Review also ranked the top 50 Online MBA programs for 2021.  Applicants are encouraged to use these rankings as a resource as you navigate the admissions process. 

How were the Princeton Review 2021 Online MBA Rankings determined?

According to their press release, The Princeton Review tallied their list of the top 50 online MBA schools for 2021 based on its 2019-20 survey of administrators at more than 125 business schools (at which a majority of their program was online) offering online MBAs. The company also factored in data from its survey in 2019–2020 of more than 6,000 students enrolled in the online MBA programs. More than 60 data points were weighted to determine the list and rankings. The criteria focused on five core areas: academics, selectivity, faculty, technical platforms, and career outcomes.

The Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Online MBA Programs incorporates student opinions that were collected through their online MBA student survey and institutional data reported to them by administrators at the business schools.

How were The Princeton Review’s Surveys Developed and Conducted?

The Princeton Review developed the surveys with the assistance of an advisory board formed for the rankings project in 2014. Advisory board members included faculty and administrators at top institutions offering online MBA programs. The survey for school administrators, which evaluated more than 30 fields, covers admissions selectivity, graduation and retention rates, faculty training and credentials, technological infrastructure, student indebtedness, and career outcomes among other items.

The survey for students, which also evaluates more than 30 unique fields, allows students to rate their faculty, their fellow students, career preparation, academics, the technology platform, and overall satisfaction with their programs.

The online MBA rankings were developed through a survey online using their online survey tool. They promoted students’ participation in their student surveys in various ways over a school year. They also work with administrators at the schools requested that they send an e-mail encouraging their MBA students to participate in our survey.

Kelley Direct is Top-Ranked Program

The Kelley School of Business Online MBA – Kelley Direct, was ranked the top program for the 2021 online Princeton Review online MBA rankings.  Kelley continues to be the top-ranked program throughout many major publications over the past few years.

“We are thrilled by our recent No. 1 rankings from both The Princeton Review and Poet & Quants,” said Will Geoghegan, interim chair of Kelley Direct and clinical assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship. “As a leader in online education, we aren’t surprised that our faculty and high-quality teaching experience are being recognized yet again as the best in the field.

“Our recent curriculum revamp was built upon a foundation of innovation in the online space, providing our students with a stellar MBA experience that happens to be delivered online,” Geoghegan added. “Our signature integrated core coursework has opened up additional teaching avenues and synergies among our faculty, leading to more opportunities for engagement and networking for students and allows them to be more specialized within seven major options.

“The learning that takes place in Kelley Direct courses engages, challenges and elevates in a way that few other programs can replicate. Our students are high performers — professionals who bring a wealth of experience to our virtual community,” he added. “They appreciate that they are within a school committed to their advancement, which provides includes life-long access to career services with one-on-one career coaches who help guide their professional development. We also imbue in our students a commitment to enrich their organizations and communities as well as do good through ethical and sustainable business practices.

“When you put that all together, we believe we have found the recipe for success that enables us to hold onto our No. 1 rankings.”

Other Notable Highlights in the Princeton Review 2021 Online MBA Rankings

Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, located in the Bay Area of California, earned the 14th spot on the annual rankings from The Princeton Review. Compared to last year’s No. 25 ranking, SCU jumps 11 spots to land within the top 15 programs on the education services company’s Top 50 Online MBA Programs for 2021 list.  “Rankings are a great guide for schools to apply to, but visiting them (online and in-person) to get a sense of the community and curriculum is also important, said Toby McChesney, Sr. Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at the Leavey School of Business.  “We are pleased with our recent jump in rankings and this illustrates our strong admissions numbers, student satisfaction, and career numbers in terms of promotions and pivoting their jobs”, he added.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Jack Welch Management Institute (JWMI) has been recognized by The Princeton Review’s list of top 50 online MBA programs, advancing to #15 for 2021. This marks JWMI’s highest ranking yet, with the Institute moving up in rank each year.

The Princeton Review placed the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&M University at No. 22 of its top 50 online MBA programs in the world for 2021. This is the third consecutive year the MBA program has earned a Top 25 ranking by The Princeton Review; last year, WT ranked No. 23.


Dec 14, 2020

MBA Direct

MBA Direct

Cox School of Business Online MBA Program Structure

The MBA Direct program at the SMU Cox School of Business is a 33-month (53 credit) program designed for working professionals who have three or fewer years of work experience – including graduating seniors who have accepted a full-time job offer. Classes for this program are held in the evenings to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.

Curriculum

The SMU Cox MBA Direct program is an eight-semester program. Students complete the first five semesters in a lock-step, cohort model, taking live courses twice per week (90 minutes each) to allow for meaningful interactions with faculty and classmates. In the final three semesters, students select electives with the option to take courses online or on campus. Experiential learning is integrated into each course allowing students to put their learning into practice.

Through eight 14-week semesters, students will cover critical business topics that prepare them to lead in a constantly changing world. The electives in the final three semesters give students the ability to customize their degree to fit their own area of interest.

As part of the MBA Direct program, students will participate in one in-person immersion during their seventh semester of the program. The immersion includes four days of engagement with corporate executives, faculty, and student peers. Students will explore and apply leadership skills and analytical knowledge as they lead real-world consulting projects managed in the local market.

Class Profile

There are currently 37 students enrolled in the Cox MBA Direct program, with 57% female students, while 49% are minority students. The average age of enrolled students is 23 years old, and students average 14 months of work experience before joining the program.  Students also average a 3.2 undergraduate GPA.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid for the Cox MBA Direct

Tuition for the Cox MBA Direct program is$1,762 per credit hour. Over the course of 53 credits, that total comes to $93,386.

The Cox School accepts all forms of financial aid: scholarships, private loans, grants, and veterans benefit programs. Cox participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides funding for veterans. The Admissions and Financial Aid representatives at the school are available to help students to move through the process of securing all necessary funding to attend the Cox MBA Direct program.

Admissions

In order to apply to the Cox MBA Direct program, applicants must submit the application forms found in the online application, provide a copy of their professional résumé, complete three short essays (topics available online), submit GMAT or GRE scores (optional for 2021 applicants), provide copies of degreed undergraduate transcripts and provide two professional references (names and contact information only).  The MBA Direct program was designed for early-career professionals with less than three years of work experience, therefore no work experience is required.

2020-2021 Cox MBA Direct Deadlines for Fall 2021 Entry

Early Review – February 19, 2021

Deadline 1 – April 28, 2021

Deadline 2 – May 28, 2021

Deadline 3 – June 25, 2021

Final Deadline – July 16, 2021


Dec 9, 2020

The Cox School of Business for Working Professionals

The Cox School of Business for Working Professionals

Working professionals are facing a challenging time with the impact of COVID-19 on today’s employment landscape. In our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Jillian Melton, the Director of Admissions for the Working Professional MBA at the Cox School of Business to learn more about their program offerings for working professionals.

How does the SMU Cox School of Business programs differentiate from other offerings in the Graduate Management Education space?

“SMU Cox is a top-ranked business school in Dallas, TX with multiple degree paths for working professionals, whether early in their careers or in senior leadership roles, to earn an MBA without leaving the workforce.
SMU Cox recently launched the NextGen Cox Curriculum anchored in three pillars essential to ensuring students are well-prepared for their future careers: Leadership, Analytics, and Experiential Learning. Students not only gain technical business skills through the rigorous core curriculum, but they also develop highly sought-after leadership and analytical skills through experiential learning projects in which students consult for organizations around the world.

Outside of the classroom, students have full access to the Career Management Center for career coaching and job placement opportunities with hundreds of top hiring companies, in addition to mentorship programs and, for more experienced students, executive coaching. To further deepen business knowledge and leadership skills, students participate in seminars through the Cox School’s Business Leadership Center or one of our 25 student-run clubs and organizations.

The Cox School offers four MBA programs for working professionals:
1. The Professional MBA program offers flexible options for working professionals to earn their MBA with a concentration in one of 11 areas. With over 170 electives in areas such as finance, real estate, marketing, business analytics, and operations, students are able to determine which courses to focus on to best accelerate their career.

2. The Online MBA program offers the same rigor as our on-campus MBA programs, with the flexibility for students to attend classes from wherever they are. Live class sessions are held weekly, and average class size is between 15-20 students to ensure robust discussions and teamwork. Students also participate in two global 4-day immersions to gain hands-on experience during a real-time consulting engagement.

3. The MBA Direct program is designed for early career professionals with less than three years of work experience. This part-time program begins online and offers students the option of taking electives on-campus or online later in the program.

4. The Executive MBA is designed for experienced professionals to build on previous management experience through collaboration with peers in order to hone management expertise across industries and disciplines. Classes are held every other weekend, and the program includes a 10-day global consulting trip.

What is the typical profile of a student who would benefit most from the Cox School of Business MBA programs and what characteristics are your admissions team looking for?

SMU Cox is looking for students who are passionate about growing their knowledge, skills, and careers through an MBA. We are also looking for students who will contribute to the overall SMU Cox community as both students and future alumni. The curriculum is anchored in three pillars: leadership, analytics, and experiential learning. Successful candidates will have demonstrated leadership experience and abilities, are intellectually curious, and are eager to learn through hands-on work solving big, complex, and ambiguous problems. Throughout the admissions process, the SMU Cox Admissions Team wants to get to know applicants to better understand past experiences, but also how an MBA fits into an applicant’s career goals. We take a very personalized approach and fully consider the entire application prior to making an admissions decision.

What types of financial aid are available to students?

SMU Cox automatically reviews all applicants for merit-based scholarship – there are no additional steps applicants need to take in order to be considered. Merit-based scholarship awards range from $1,000 up to $15,000. Additionally, we encourage all applicants to discuss with their employers what tuition assistance programs may exist, whether formal or informal. Finally, all students should apply for financial aid to help cover the cost of tuition. The process is simple and all students, regardless of need, are eligible to apply.

How does the Cox School of Business assist in finding job opportunities and how does your program enhance a student’s profile as a job applicant?

When students join SMU Cox as an MBA student, they immediately have support from the Career Management Center not only as a student but for the rest of their career as an alumnus of the program. Each student has a dedicated Career Coach who works with them during the program on their custom job search and career development plan. Students in the Professional MBA, Online MBA, and MBA Direct programs take the Managing Your Career course which covers topics such as search strategy, resume and cover letter writing, networking, elevator pitch, interview techniques, and salary negotiation. This course is designed for students to be ready to participate in all on-campus recruiting activities. Executive MBA students work with assigned career coaches for executive coaching and a plan tailored to students’ unique career goals and needs.
Additional programming through the Career Management Center includes skills workshops needed for landing a job in specific industries such as consulting, CPG, or investment banking; industry roundtable nights for learning about and networking in different industries; the Associate Board Mentorship program; and career treks to visit top companies in different cities.

Each year, hundreds of companies recruit for MBA hires on campus at SMU Cox, and all students are encouraged to fully utilize these opportunities and resources. Some of the top hiring companies include JP Morgan Chase, PepsiCo, Amazon, American Airlines, PWC, AT&T, CBRE, and EY.
At SMU Cox, the majority of our Working Professional MBA students are looking to make a career change whether that be industry, function, or company. One hundred percent of our students want to grow and accelerate their careers with their MBA, and the Career Management Center is poised to help all of them achieve their goals.

What is one insider tip you can provide prospective applicants about applying to the Cox School of Business?

Get to know the admissions staff! Throughout the process, we want to get to know applicants and also share why SMU Cox is such a fantastic school to study business. Attending events, emailing or calling us, or setting up a 1:1 office hour appointment is a great way to learn more about the Working Professional MBA programs and also showcase interest in the program.


Bonus Questions

Although many schools are providing remote or hybrid learning, we asked Jill about the best locations for students once classes are fully back to campus:

What is one restaurant every student must visit and why?

Bubba’s is an SMU institution serving southern comfort food breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a diner atmosphere. The fried chicken is some of the best in Dallas, but I love the biscuits most!

Where is the best cup of coffee on campus?

Herb’s House Coffee is just off campus and is a must-stop for Working Professional MBA students looking for a great cup of coffee and a good meeting space for small group projects. They even have conference rooms for rent if you need a more structured work space. I recommend the Lavender Latte.

What is the best ‘hidden secret’ on campus?

The Native Texas Park behind the George W. Bush Presidential Center, located on SMU’s campus and within easy walking distance of the Cox School, is a best-kept “hidden secret.” SMU is fortunate to be home to the Bush Presidential Center, including the Presidential Library and Museum. One of the most overlooked parts is the 15-acre urban oasis outside the Center where visitors can walk through native Texas environments, including the much-loved Bluebonnets each spring.


Dec 3, 2020

Imperial College Business School: Delivering a Meaningful MBA Program During the Pandemic

Imperial College Business School: Delivering a Meaningful MBA Program During the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge for which Imperial College Business School was ready. The infrastructure necessary to deliver a meaningful MBA program remotely already existed at the school in The Hub, Imperial’s portal for online learning. Implementing their multi-mode delivery system has enabled the school to give students and professors a flexible, effective learning experience, whether in a socially distanced classroom or off-campus.

 

Imperial College is ranked among the world’s top universities by Times Higher Education and QS, which also ranks the Imperial College Business School’s Global Online MBA second in the world. The Financial Times ranks the Full-Time MBA program 9th in the world for entrepreneurship, which is unsurprising considering the innovative development of The Hub.

 

The Hub is a proprietary learning platform designed to deliver content to students in online programs. It was developed by Imperial College Business School’s Edtech Lab, a digital learning and education group established in 2005 to research, develop, and deliver education technology and innovate pedagogy to make the most effective use of technology in the classroom. It is being marketed to other institutions worldwide through Insendi, its commercial spin-off launched in 2017.

 

Of Imperial’s 17 programs, 14 are conventional, and three are online. The Full-Time MBA program hosts 56 students this semester. The Global Online MBA Program (GMBA) enrolls about 200 students. Imperial also offers a Weekend MBA program that typically enrolls 100 students and an Executive MBA “boutique” program with a smaller cohort size.

 

How the Hub Works

Markus Perkmann, the Academic Director of the Imperial MBA and the Imperial Enterprise Lab, noted that this year the school’s Global Online MBA enrolled a record number of students. “We have a very successful online MBA which has experienced an extreme upturn in terms of interest and applications. In the market for MBAs, what we have seen is a lot of students switching to the pure online mode and do the Global Online MBA…and then you have a segment of students who don’t want to do an online degree,” Perkmann said. “They do an MBA because they want to want to be in class. They wouldn’t be attracted to doing an online degree, and it’s for those people that we are doing the multi-mode teaching.”

 

As the pandemic shut down Britain and much of the world in the spring of 2020, Imperial moved all classes online. As more information about COVID-19 came in and experts tried to determine what course the virus would take, the decision was made between May and June for the business school to implement their multi-mode model for the coming semester. The school wanted a solution that would ensure both remote and physically present students could participate equally in class discussions and interact with professors.

 

The Hub’s primary purpose is as the infrastructure for the online programs, Global Online MBA, MSc Business Analytics (online, part-time) and MSc Strategic Marketing (online, part-time), but it has now been re-deployed to allow the school to adapt its conventional programs to pandemic conditions. The Executive MBA program is a blend of online tools and on-campus learning and so classes convening in August were ideal for early tests of the model’s effectiveness. On-campus sessions take place every four weeks on Fridays and Saturdays, and are designed to seamlessly combine campus-based modules with The Hub platform, enabling students in this program to continue working full-time while earning their degree.

 

The classrooms were augmented with multiple screens, cameras, and microphones. Zoom is imbedded in The Hub platform for students to connect to the lecture. The school created a new position key to the multi-mode delivery system’s effectiveness: the co-pilot. The co-pilot is an assistant to the professor in the lecture theater, monitoring the online student activity and collecting questions fielded in the chat, occasionally interrupting the lesson so the lecturer can address student questions and comments.

 

Because in-class lectures are still taking place on campus, the school had to implement policies to reduce capacity and control traffic flow for the benefit of social distancing. Larger classes are divided into sections that are about a third of the regular class size to rotate classroom time. Students, staff, and faculty must wear masks, and plastic shields separate the lecturer from the students. Lectures have been shortened by a half-hour to make time for cleaning.

 

Student and faculty feedback has honed the multi-mode experience. Screens have been moved closer to the lecturer so they can see the students in the class who are present via Zoom. More microphones and more camera angles present a more interactive environment and realistic feel for remote learners. “Its new, it’s obviously something that hasn’t been done at scale before and so in response to students comments as well as professor’s feedback, we are constantly improving the experience,” Perkmann said. “One of the things that you need to make sure is that people can see the whiteboard; that’s a big one. And we are looking into a solution where the content of what’s written on the whiteboard is electronically captured by a device and can be projected onto a separate screen rather than being captured by the camera.”

Perkmann pointed to the flexibility that The Hub builds in to the school’s programs. With the ability to run live sessions for the online programs, they could potentially be run as multi-modal, giving students more options. It could also change the way that the more than 50 electives offered to MBA students are delivered, making them available to everyone both in-person and remote.

The Student Experience

Ronnie Johnson, Full-Time MBA Class of 2021, was an infantry officer in the US Army before enrolling at Imperial College Business School. As he describes it, “I had many concerns going back to school in a pandemic, especially since it would have been very easy to stay in a secure job like the military. While I was somewhat concerned about the actual program delivery, I knew Imperial had some very smart people working on that issue, so I knew it would be fine.”

When Johnson began his studies this fall, many pubs and restaurants were open on a limited basis, and public socializing was permitted in small groups. As a result, he had an opportunity to meet with many of his classmates on an almost routine basis before a second lockdown.

Johnson has found it easy to adapt. “Overall, I haven’t had to make any changes to my study techniques or learning strategy. I find the hybrid delivery at Imperial very organized and engaging, and that’s what helps me absorb information.” He is optimistic about university, even under current circumstances. “I think there is no better place to be right now than university. I saw abundant opportunity in going back to school in these times, opportunity that far outweighed any downside, and I think Imperial is proving that correct.”

Olivia Xu was looking to pivot away from the technical roles she had in her career by pursuing an MBA she could use to further her long-term interests in sustainability and retail. The inability to interact with her classmates on a face-to-face basis was a concern for her. “For a lot of students in the program, we would be moving countries to attend Imperial, and it wouldn’t have made sense for us to move all this way to take classes from our bedrooms,” Xu said. “So far, I’m really happy I decided to attend this year instead of deferring; the school has gone to tremendous effort to make sure students are getting in-person teaching but safely.”

Imperial is one of the universities that play a large role in forming COVID policy in Britain. The laboratory facilities of the Imperial College Faculty of Medicine enabled the college to establish a rigorous testing program and track and trace system, and enact proven health and safety protocols quickly.

Like many workers and students, Xu had to adapt to working and learning at home, but was able to do so with relative ease. “In transitioning from working in an office to working from home, I’ve learned to make space and set boundaries in the home to separate schoolwork from home life,” she said. “I didn’t feel that the transition was that difficult because all of us in the cohort were in the workforce for at least the past three years, so we’re all approaching studying with fresh eyes and months of pandemic life behind us.”

Ready for What’s Ahead

In the event that lockdown policies prevent university classes from meeting in-person, Imperial is ready with a program delivery system that has been tuned to make distance-learning just as engaging and interactive as being in the classroom.

For students like Olivia Xu and Ronnie Johnson, their program is reinforcing the flexibility and innovation necessary for success in the global marketplace. MBA programs are designed to challenge, but also to build strengths and foster connections. Imperial College Business School has been able to maintain the integrity of their program through conditions that attack the very foundations it builds upon.


Nov 12, 2020

How Long Does It Take To Get an MBA?

How Long Does It Take To Get an MBA?
How long does it take to get an MBA

The process of earning an MBA is an exciting and often transformational time in someone’s life—and for some people, the faster you can get through it, the better.

The benefits of earning an MBA, such as increased post-graduate salary, career advancement potentials, and development of a strong business network, remain true regardless of how long it takes to complete your degree program. Completing your degree quickly just means reaping the benefits faster, while limiting the amount of time without an income.

MBA graduates are a diverse group—not only are they rising business leaders, but they are also parents, community organizers, and working professionals. With so many different types of MBA programs available, such as Online or Accelerated MBAs, students can choose the best program for their busy life and time constraints.

How Fast Can You Earn an MBA?

The average time it takes to complete your MBA can vary depending on the school, program, and type of degree. We’ve rounded up the most important information regarding the average program length and schedule for a variety of MBA programs throughout and beyond the United States.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Full-Time MBA?

With so many options to truncate the amount of time it takes to complete an MBA, it may seem strange that someone would still choose to pursue a full-time degree. Nevertheless, there are still numerous benefits to pursuing your MBA full time. Among these benefits is the increased opportunity for full-time students to get fully involved in the goings on of their university and business school. From student organizations to case competitions to hands-on experiences, full-time students have committed their full schedule to their business education and most certainly reap the benefits when it comes to skills and network development. Furthermore, taking time off of work to pursue your degree full-time leaves you open for more opportunities- such as traveling for study abroad, business plan competitions or corporate visits- that likely wouldn’t be possible for someone working while they’re in school.

The average full-time MBA degree today typically require around 30-60 credit hours, with variation depending on the program. With the typical course load asking students to take three courses (nine credits) per semester, the average full-time MBA can be expected to be completed in two full years. Most full-time programs begin in August or September and take four semesters for students to complete their required work, earning their degree by May or June of the second year.

Since the number of credits required by a particular program can vary, some full-time MBAs may be able to be completed faster than two years. Whereas programs like the full-time MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business takes two years and requires 60 credits, a program like the full-time MBA at McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business can be completed in as few as 16 months.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Part-Time MBA?

A part-time MBA is the perfect option for someone who doesn’t want to put their career on hold while they earn a degree. With a flexible and often self-paced schedule, students are able to complete their degree in a time frame that works best for them, with classes typically offered at night or on the weekends.

While the benefits of a flexible schedule are enormous, one downside is that taking less courses each semester will ultimately extend the amount of time it takes to complete your degree. Typically, students pursuing their MBA part-time will earn their degree in three years, but this can vary significantly—not just depending on the program, but the person! For example, the top part-time MBA program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management can take anywhere from 1.25 to five years to complete.


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What About an Accelerated MBA?

It’s right there in the name—the Accelerated MBA is all about earning a quality business education quickly and jumping right back into work. Most accelerated MBA programs can be completed in just twelve months if pursued full-time, or twenty-four months on a part-time schedule.

Of course, completing a degree in this length of time takes an impressive commitment. Unlike other programs that have winter and summer breaks between the semesters, many Accelerated MBA programs have shortened vacation periods and will require students to continue working throughout the summer.

Not every school offers a One Year or Accelerated MBA options, but those that do take these programs seriously and ensure that the same quality education received in a full-time degree program can be provided to students in just one year. Programs like the One Year MBA at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School boast impressive statistics, such as a 5:1 student to faculty ratio and a 93 percent success rate for graduates receiving employment within three months of completing their degree.

Is An Online MBA a Faster Option?

The world of Online MBAs is a diverse one with a wide array of options to choose from. Really, the only commonality between all online programs is where the classes take place—online! These programs provide for maximum flexibility where students can pursue their education from the comfort of their own homes—or wherever the world may take them.

Online MBAs come in all shapes and sizes, but typically require an average of around 30 credit hours. Depending on the university schedule, this can take up to two years to complete. At Temple University’s Fox School of Business, for example, the Online MBA program can be completed in 20 months, and includes a one week long opening residency. Some schools may also offer their part-time or Accelerated MBA programs in an online format. At the Kogod School of Business at American University, their AACSB-accredited online MBA involves 48 total credits but can be completed in just one year.

What About an Executive MBA?

The Executive MBA is a program designed for professionals with several years of work experience under the belt, who are looking for an MBA education to enrich their professional experience and open new career opportunities. Since this degree is targeted towards working professionals, it is typically structured so that students can keep working full-time, taking classes in the evenings and weekends.

On average, Executive MBA programs will take up to two years to complete, though this is typically a very part-time schedule. One of the top ranked EMBA programs in the country is the Executive MBA at Fordham University Gabelli School of Business, which can be completed in 22 months by attending class for one three-day weekend per month.

From your first day of classes to graduation, a world-class business education is typically no more than two years away. However, the flexibility of many programs put the power in the student’s hands: important factors like your schedule, finances, and the impact of taking time off of work should all factor into your decision about what type of MBA to pursue.


Oct 28, 2020

Syracuse University’s Whitman School Makes Firm Commitment to Lead Business Schools in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

Syracuse University’s Whitman School Makes Firm Commitment to Lead Business Schools in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

2020 is certain to stand out as a year when issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion consumed the country — and the Syracuse University Campus was no exception. In a proactive effort, The Whitman School recently announced its commitment to being a leader among the top business schools to “produce ideas that help businesses unlock the power of diversity in driving innovation and produce leaders able to recognize and address inequities in organizations or markets,” according to Dean Gene Anderson.

“Our world faces extraordinary challenges, and we can’t afford to leave any talent on the sidelines,” he said in a recent announcement to the Whitman community. “The best business schools will foster inclusive learning communities that embrace all of their members and prepare students to lead in today’s increasingly diverse and interconnected economy.”

While diversity, equity, and inclusion have been a priority in the most recent strategic plan established in 2017, the Whitman School made the decision this June to fast track its Future Now initiatives in light of recent events. In October, Anderson recently outlined specific actionable items that include:

  • Doubling financial and scholarship support for students from underrepresented groups
  • Providing mandatory diversity, equity, and inclusion training sessions for all matriculating students
  • Expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion co-curricular programming to all students through the IMPRESS program
  • Expanding opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate with community partners working with underserved populations in the community, particularly those offered by the South Side Innovation Center (SSIC) and the Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Business Center
  • Requiring workshops and training for faculty and staff that include topics such as unconscious bias and inclusive communication
  • Continuing the One Whitman Talks series for faculty and staff with topics that include classroom microaggressions, and engaging in anti-racism and allyship
  • Implementing and monitoring the university’s new faculty hiring guidelines to increase the success rate of diverse hires
  • Creating virtual forums and mentor-mentee opportunities for underrepresented alumni and students
  • Initiating four Inclusion Student Leader Internships through Whitman’s executive director of institutional culture, Diane Crawford
  • Offering a second $100,000 round of diversity and inclusion research grants for topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in management, organizations, and markets; and
  • Launching additional fundraising initiatives in order to support and expand on the efforts set forth above.

Of the utmost priority is DiversityEdu, a series of asynchronous learning modules for faculty and staff that focuses on building inclusion skills. The Whitman School has taken the initiative to pilot this initiative now before it becomes a university-wide requirement.

According to Anderson, all of these efforts will not only help the Whitman School continue to lead but also further an atmosphere where “everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to add value.”

Recent Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts Reflect School’s Commitment

Throughout the summer and fall semester, the Whitman School has not only continued to prioritize its commitment to critical issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion but has specifically upped its game through several initiatives meant to educate its students, faculty and staff, while also opening up greater opportunities to support a more diverse campus.

NBMBAA Partnership Includes Full-Tuition Scholarship

The Whitman School continues its partnership with the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), a professional organization that works with MBA students and undergraduates. Current plans include working closely with the New York City Chapter of the organization, further recruitment efforts, additional mentoring and professional development opportunities, and the continuation of an annual full-tuition scholarship awarded to an African American student pursuing an MBA at the Whitman School.

The Whitman School is especially proud to offer the full-tuition scholarship each year, as it continues to pursue ways to make its MBA program available to a more diverse body of applicants. In 2019, Amara Moss ‘21 was the first MBA student to receive the award, and the 2020 recipient is Nneka Akukwe ‘22. Applications for the 2021 scholarship are still being accepted.

Working closely with the New York City chapter of NBMBAA is a logical choice, given that that the city is home to many Whitman and Syracuse University alumni.

“The New York City chapter is very progressive,” says Diane Crawford, executive director of institutional culture at the Whitman School. “A lot of its members work for NASDAQ and some of the top ‘Big Four’ accounting firms, so this organization provides mentorships and professional development for persons of color pursuing an MBA or any master’s degree.”

The collaboration will also include greater representation at NBMBAA career fairs in an effort to recruit more diverse applicants to the Whitman School’s program. Most recently, the Whitman School’s graduate recruiting team participated in the NBMBAA’s 2020 virtual career fair in September.

“Our involvement with NBMBAA provides recruiting opportunities and outreach to diverse populations, specifically at the graduate level,” Crawford says, adding that the relationship also provides mentorship and professional development for current African American students in both the management and MBA programs.

At the end of the spring 2020 semester, Crawford took part in an information session with members of the NBMBAA, as well as some Whitman School undergraduate and online MBA students. During this event, 16 free annual NBMBAA memberships were offered by the Whitman School to online MBA students and another four went to undergraduates, giving the recipients greater access to the NBMBAA’s many resources.

The Whitman School is also working with the NBMBAA’s Leaders of Tomorrow program, which focuses on preparing high school students for careers in business management. In the spring, the Whitman School showed its commitment by providing laptops to 10 graduating high school seniors from the New York City chapter who planned to attend college and study business and/or management. More efforts to work directly with current high school students are in the works, as well, including campus visits. This fall, 30 New York City high school students planned to come to the Whitman School but, due to the pandemic, visit had to be turned into a virtual event.

“Despite this year’s challenges, The Leaders of Tomorrow program is going to be a great pipeline for us to get students of color to the Whitman campus,” Crawford says.

To learn more about the MBA program at the Whitman School, including the annual NBMBAA scholarship, contact Chris Wszalek, executive director, graduate admissions and student recruitment, at cwszalek@syr.edu.

Faculty/Staff: One Whitman Talks

Another on-going diversity and inclusion-focused initiative is One Whitman Talks, a ten-week forum, held on consecutive Fridays for faculty and staff, that focuses on inclusive learning and leadership. Recent sessions included “The Chinese Virus: Why Anti-Asian Racism Is so Contagious,” presented by guest speaker Jonathan Wang, center director for Asian Pacific American Student Services at the University of Southern California, who addressed the need to support Asian college students, particularly during the pandemic; and “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” a session that discussed how such privilege is usually invisible to those who have it.

“It opened my eyes to the advantages a white person has just by the virtue of being white,” said participant Patricia Morgan, executive assistant in the Dean’s Office. “I believe this is a very important conversation we must all ponder, as we continue discussing cultural diversity and inclusion.”

Students, too, have had the opportunity to take a deeper dive into diversity and inclusion. This fall, the Whitman School began One Whitman Talks: Safe Spaces, a series of presentations designed to resonate specifically with students and cover key topics like white privilege and understanding and managing implicit biases. Students also had the opportunity to attend a Stop the Bias session, which helped to educate participants on what bias is, how to recognize it, and how to best be an ally to others.

In October, Dean Gene Anderson committed to continuing the One Whitman Talks series into the foreseeable future.

Addressing the Needs of the International Population

Another initiative is attempting to further diversity and inclusion efforts related to the University’s large international population. The Whitman School is working on a task team to help improve engagement with international students by looking for ways to join with corporate partners to provide these students with more opportunities for work experience in the U.S.

“Our international students are being excluded from internships and opportunities for full-time hire because of their status. That’s not likely to change, and we don’t have control over that,” says Crawford. “So, we need to be innovative in how we can develop programs and corporate partnerships that use and develop their skills in the short term.”

Crawford recently took on several student interns in the Dean’s Office, including one international student. According to Crawford, they are inclusion leaders assisting with programming, as well as educating the community through demographic and population statistics. All of the interns were selected from traditionally underrepresented groups based on their “passion for inclusion, leadership, and diversity.”


Oct 24, 2020

Distance Learning MBA

Distance Learning MBA

Warwick Business School Distance Learning MBA Program Structure

The Warwick Distance Learning MBA consists of eight required modules, a choice of four electives, and a dissertation.  Each of the 12 modules takes approximately 100 hours, which includes a minimum of 27 hours of structured teaching. The remainder of the program is made up of guided online study and independent self-study. Students have up to four years to complete your MBA, but it is recommended to complete in two years.

The program also requires two residential weeks, which will be on campus at Warwick or at WBS London, depending on the program.  You will also meet with WBS faculty who specialize in a wide range of business and management areas.  In addition, you will participate in case studies, group work, assessment briefings, networking, careers, and study skills sessions.  Included in your tuition fee is one optional face-to-face elective mode, with teaching typically taking place over four or five days.  There are other models available at an additional cost.  All students complete their program with a final dissertation.

Curriculum

The eight required modules are taught online and during your residential weeks.  Your required modules will be taught through a combination
of bespoke authored text, lectures, seminars, plus group, and networking activities. For assessed group work, you will work in teams to investigate an aspect of a module in the real-world and co-create an assessed piece of work on the day. As well as undertaking eight required modules you will have the opportunity to select four electives. These may be studied online, or face-to-face at the Warwick campus or WBS London. Required modules include Accounting & Financial Management, Economics of Business of Environment, Innovation & Creativity in Organizations, Leadership, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, Operations Management, and Strategic Advantage.

There are also numerous electives available including, Corporate Finance, Economics of Wellbeing, Entrepreneurship & New Venture Creation, Management of Change, Management Accounting, Modeling & Analytics for Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Mergers  & Acquisitions, Strategic Marketing, and Strategy & Practice.  As part of Warwick’s electives, they also offer modules at international locations.  These change from year to year, but they are currently offered in China, India, and Mexico. In addition, topic-specific modules are located in Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

Warwick Distance Learning MBA Rankings

The Warwick Distance Learning MBA is ranked first in the world by The Economist, 2020.

Class Profile

According to the 2020 Warwick class profile, the average age of a Warwick Distance Learning students is 37 years of age.  Students also have an average of 6-15 years of work experience. There are 63 countries represented with 28% of the class being female. The top pre-employment MBA industry for Warwick Full-time MBA students is Financial Services, Technology, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Energy.

According to the 2020 London class profile, the average age of a Warwick Distance Learning students is 36 years of age.  Students also have an average of 6-15 years of work experience. There are 23 countries represented with 39% of the class being female. The top pre-employment MBA industry for Warwick Full-time MBA students is Financial Services, Technology, Consulting, Healthcare, and Energy.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid at the Warwick Distance Learning MBA

The tuition for the Warwick Distance Learning MBA for 2021 entry is $44,550, which includes registration, tuition, examination, graduation, some study materials, flights, visas, and accommodations. To secure your placement you must submit your deposit within four weeks of receiving your offer. The tuition cost does not include residential accommodation, meals, travel – including to overseas modules and placements, graduation robes and photographs, and PIM exchange – including travel, accommodation, subsistence, and registration fee.

Please note that the Distance Learning MBA is not eligible for the Postgraduate loan through Student Finance.

Future Finance

Future Finance offers smart, flexible loans to help you reach your potential, when government student loans and scholarships are not enough. Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. Please note that other sources of funding may be available.

Admissions

The Warwick Distance Learning MBA requires you to have at least four years of managerial work experience. In addition, you must have upper second class honors at undergraduate level from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas university. Warwick also welcomes applications from candidates who do not have the academic qualifications but are exceptional, with a proven ability to achieve. All of our programs are delivered in English, so if English is not your first language, you have not graduated from an English speaking university, or not worked in an English-speaking environment for at least two years, you must demonstrate a minimum overall standard in the following recognized tests of English.

Deadlines

January 2022 intake

Round 1: Monday 2 August 2021
Round 2: Monday 27 September 2021
Final deadline: Monday 15 November 2021

May 2022 intake

Round 1: Monday 17 January 2022
Round 2: Monday 28 February 2022
Final deadline: Tuesday 19 April 2022


Oct 24, 2020

Full-Time MBA

Full-Time MBA

Warwick Business School Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The Warwick Full-time MBA has one intake per year beginning in September with classes being held during the day.  This program is ideal if you are looking to fully focus on studying or are going through a significant career transition. The program consists of eight required modules designed to provide you with a solid foundation in management, business, and leadership. In addition, you will also study a compulsory non-credit foreign language module.  In addition, the Warwick Full-time MBA offers a wide range of elective modules.  Students are able to customize their MBA by choosing four elective modules such as strategy, entrepreneurship, marketing, leadership or international business.

Students also are required to complete a consultancy project, which is an opportunity to consolidate everything you have learned and apply it to real business.  The program is completed with a dissertation based on your consultancy project and is the culmination of everything you have learned during your studies.

Curriculum

The Columbia full-time MBA program requires a total of 60 credits that consist of an 18-credit core curriculum and a minimum of 42 elective credits. At the beginning of the program, students are divided into clusters, groups of 60 or so peers who take most of the first-year core courses together. Each cluster is then broken into five- to six-person learning teams who work together on class projects. Clusters and learning teams are designed to reflect the diversity of the class as a whole and to help students form closer relationships with each other.

The core curriculum consists of two full courses and eight half courses. These full courses are typically worth three credits each, whereas students earn 1.5 credits for half courses. Beginning in the second term, students choose from over 200 elective offerings to complete the rest of the curriculum. Students may assemble their own elective sequences, but can also refer to lists that the school provides of recommended courses for common career paths such as entrepreneurship, healthcare, marketing, media, real estate, value investing, and social enterprise.

Warwick Full-Time MBA Rankings

The Warwick Full-time MBA is ranked first in the UK and 24th in the world by The Economist.

Class Profile

According to the 2019-2020 class profile, the average age of a Warwick Full-time MBA students is 30 years of age.  Students also have an average of 8 years of work experience. There are 40 countries represented with 39% of the class being female. The top pre-employment MBA industry for Warwick Full-time MBA students is financial services, Technology, Consulting, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Energy.

Career Statistics

63 percent of Warwick Full-time MBA students changed industries post-graduation, while 50 percent of the class changed countries. 94 percent of the class changed employers, while 78 percent saw a salary increase.The average base salary was $95,275 with a $17,045 signing bonus. In addition, students also saw an average of $13,402 in additional benefits.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid at the Warwick Full-Time MBA

The tuition for the Warwick Full-time MBA for 2021 entry is $57,335, which includes registration, tuition, examination, graduation, some study materials, flights, visas, and accommodations. To secure your placement you must submit your deposit within four weeks of receiving your offer. The tuition cost does not include residential accommodation, meals, travel – including to overseas modules and placements, graduation robes and photographs, and PIM exchange – including travel, accommodation, subsistence, and registration fee.

The Warwick Business School has a scholarship fund available for admitted students, designed to promote excellence and diversity within each class, across professional sectors, geography, gender and experience.

The Warwick Business School takes a holistic approach when evaluating a candidate’s suitability for a scholarship and applications will be assessed on the following broad criteria:

– Evidence of individual impact

– Alignment with WBS’ core values – Curiosity, Openness, Restlessness and Excellence
– A desire to make a positive difference in the world of business and beyond
– The potential to become a future Change Maker
– The ability to fulfill future ambassadorial duties for The School. Successful applicants are expected to work closely with the marketing and recruitment teams in order to attract future candidates onto the program.

Scholarships are awarded on an ongoing basis, so candidates who apply early may have a stronger chance of being successful.
Warwick offers a range of scholarships from 20% up to a maximum of 50% in truly exceptional cases.

Scholarships are allocated in the following areas:

Change Maker scholarship: For those who seek to challenge the norm through their impactful drive and vision. To be considered for this scholarship you will need to demonstrate a confident, determined, forward-facing and open-minded attitude with a commitment to making an impact in business.

WBS Inspiring Social Impact scholarship:  For those currently working in the third/public sector who strive to use business as a power
for good. To be considered for this scholarship you will need to demonstrate a commitment to generating better social outcomes and create a positive impact on society.

WBS Inspiring Diversity scholarship: Warwick is looking to bring together people from different backgrounds to share new voices, new viewpoints, and new ideas to drive positive change in the world. This is why they have created this scholarship, aimed at high-performing talent from diverse and non-traditional geographies, backgrounds, and sectors.

WBS Inspiring Women scholarship:  Warwick is committed to working towards a more gender-balanced future for the most senior positions in the boardroom. This scholarship is aimed at females who can demonstrate business excellence and are an inspiring role model to others.

Alumni Loyalty scholarship:  This scholarship is available for Warwick alumni, who possess a thirst for new knowledge, new experiences, and strive to better themselves and the world around them.

Bursaries: A number of bursaries are also available to candidates experiencing economic hardship for reasons beyond their control e.g. severe economic downturn in an economy.

Admissions

The Warwick Business School requires you to have at least three years’ postgraduate professional business experience. In addition, you must have upper second class honors at undergraduate level from a UK university or the equivalent from an overseas university. Warwick also welcomes applications from candidates who do not have the academic qualifications but are exceptional, with a proven ability to achieve. Generally you will need a well-balanced GMAT score or a valid GRE score. The average GMAT at the Warwick Full-time MBA is 660. The Warwick Test may be available as an alternative for certain candidates, dependent upon circumstances

Deadlines

Phase Application deadline Shortlisting decision communicated Interview period Application and Scholarship decision date
Round 1 17 Oct 27 Oct 1 Nov – 26 Nov 3 Dec
Round 2 30 Jan 11 Feb 14 Feb – 18 Mar 25 Mar
Round 3 29 May 9 Jun 12 Jun –  14 Jul 21 Jul
Round 4 31 Jul 6 Aug 9 Aug – 27 Aug 31 Aug


Oct 24, 2020

Warwick Business School

Warwick Business School

History

The Warwick Business School was established in 1967 when it became a global university. The school began with 3 courses, 5 staff, and 24 students Today the Warwick Business school has become the largest department at the University, and have a global network of over 50,000 alumni. In addition, In 2015 WBS London was officially opened at The Shard, bringing the Warwick teaching, research, and thought leadership events to the heart of London.

The Warwick Business School Rankings

The Financial Times

  • Ranked 43rd Full-Time MBA in the world and 4th in the UK, 2020 Gobal MBA Ranking.
  • Ranked 1st Distance Learning MBA in the world, 2020 Online MBA Ranking
  • Ranked 24th Executive MBA in the world, and 4th in the UK for stand-alone Executive MBAs, 2019 Executive MBA Ranking
  • Ranked 11th MSc in Finance and 3rd in the UK, 20202 Masters in Finance Pre-experience Ranking
  • Ranked 16th in the world and 3rd in the UK, 2020 Masters in Management Ranking

The Economist

  • Ranked 9th Masters in Managemen in the world and top in the UK, Economist/WhicMBA? 2019 Masters in Management ranking
  • Ranked 24th Full-Time MBA in the world and 1st in the UK, Economist/WhichMBA? 2019 global ranking of full-time MBAs
  • Ranked 6th Executive MBA in the world, 3rd in Europe and 1st in the UK, Economist/WhichMBA? 2020 Executive MBA ranking

Forbes

  • Ranked 8th Full-time MBA in the world and 3rd in the UK for one-year MBAs outside the USA, International MBAs: One-year programs 2019

Location(s)

Warwick Business School is part of the University of Warwick located in the centre of England, within an hour of the city of London and only twenty minutes from Birmingham Airport. North of Oxford, the Warwick Business School is close to the cosmopolitan Birmingham, Leamington Spa, and pretty Warwick with its medieval castle. In Autumn 2014, Warwick opened their London base at The Shard – the tallest building in the EU. WBS is on the 17th floor of the 87-story Shard, which is at the heart of the London Bridge Quarter neighborhood, one of London’s most vibrant districts.

Facilities

The Warwick Business School has dedicated MBA, Postgraduate, and Undergraduate study spaces. The extension was completed in 2015, allowing Warwick students to create a number of study spaces complete with big screens, individual and group work areas. The Library houses 1.2 million printed volumes and 13 kilometers of archives. Every year they add around 1.1 km of stock. Over 30,000 electronic journals are currently received and more than 56,000 electronic books. The Library houses various workspaces enabling group and private study. The Warwick Learning Grid is an exciting and innovative space that supports and facilitates independent learning. The Learning Grid allows students to work flexibly including individual study, group problem-solving activities, teamwork, and presentation work. The Warwick Business School also offers a post-graduate study hub for all students.

Warwick Business School Network

The Warwick Business School community comprises over 50,000 graduates, plus all WBS students, faculty, and support staff, as well as a network of corporate partners. This community is your connections to future careers, global networks, and friends for life.

Warwick Business School Degree Offerings

The Warwick Business school offers a Full-Time MBA, Distance Learning MBA, Distance Learning MBA, Executive MBA, MSc in Accounting and Finance, MSc in Consulting, MSc in Marketing, MSc Business with Operations Management, MSc in International Business, MSc in Business Analytics, MSc in Management, MSc in Management of Information Systems & Digital Innovation, MSc in Marketing and Strategy, MSc in Finance, MSc in Finance & Economics, MSc in Mathematical Finance, MSc in Business and Finance.



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