Prospective online MBA students usually have many questions plaguing them before starting a program. What will the program be like? What will an online classroom be like? Will future employers respect my online degree? Will my job prospects widen? Will the program be worth what I put in?
Online MBA Today is sitting down with John Wells, the Associate Dean at the Isenberg School of Management at The University of Massachusetts Amherst, to help answer some of those important questions. Their 42-credit hour, AACSB International-accredited online MBA is one of the most prestigious online MBA programs in the country. They can be seen in the US News and World Report Best Online MBA Program Ranking, as well as ranked globally in The Financial Times Online MBA Ranking and Quacquarelli Symonds Online MBA Ranking.
Online MBA Today: What are some key differences between an online MBA and a residential MBA that prospective students should be aware of?
John Wells: A key difference between an online MBA and a residential MBA is the format for content delivery. The majority of content will be presented asynchronously, allowing students to digest the information at their own pace within given timeframes; at times that are convenient for them. While the majority of content is delivered asynchronously, the Isenberg MBA has a few instances where online students are given the opportunity to participate synchronously with fellow MBA students located in Amherst, MA.
Online MBA Today: What do you think are some advantages of an online MBA program verses a residential program?
John Wells: Two major advantages of an online MBA Program are flexibility in completing coursework and not needing to leave current employer to relocate to attend a residential program.
Online MBA Today: What makes your program unique among online MBAs?
John Wells: The Isenberg Online MBA program has strong integration with courses and content with the residential day programs. This integration provides student with opportunities to engage in experiential learning, streaming guest speakers, case competitions, and student group participation.
Online MBA Today: What do you look for in successful applicants to your program?
John Wells: Students in the Isenberg Online MBA program showcase strong prior academic success and significant professional work experience.
Online MBA Today: What has been the experience of your graduates in the job market?
John Wells: Online and Part-time students typically are not actively pursuing new careers, for those who are looking to pivot into a new career path the MBA provides them an advantage.
Online MBA Today: Anything else you'd like to say about your program?
John Wells: Forty-nine percent of the Online and Part-time Isenberg MBA students have other advanced degrees.
Flexibility. The Isenberg School of Management offers a full-time MBA, a part-time MBA, and an online MBA. Each format hold the same curriculum and has courses taught by the same faculty. Isenberg realizes that not all prospective MBA students can continuously meet in an on-campus format. Some professionals looking to expand their business foundational knowledge have many work and personal responsibilities to juggle or have extensive traveling requirements that make a face-to-face program almost impossible. Their online MBA delivers the same, highly acclaimed Master of Business Administration program in a more accessible and flexible format that fits the schedule and needs of the working professional.
Competitive Advantage. The Isenberg School of Management Online MBA attracts a unique student body. A large number of the Isenberg online MBA students already hold advanced degrees as well as have significant professional work experience. These highly knowledgeable and successful students are still investing into this program to give them more of a competitive advantage in the workplace. They look to this program for an engaging experience and additional credentials to keep achieving their future professional goals.