While summer is in full swing, universities and colleges are busy preparing for the spring and fall semesters. This summer has already witnessed two new and exciting online and hybrid MBA programs announced. Also this month, Online MBA Today released the Top 50 Online MBA Programs in Entrepreneurship Ranking. Finally, US News and World Report published multiple articles highlighting important topics for prospective online MBA students to consider while research and picking potential programs.
This News in Review is proud to highlight Rice University and Siena Heights University.
Enjoy the latest news for Online MBAs!
New Online MBA Programs
Rice University – Houston, Texas
Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business announced in late June that they will launch a new online MBA, called MBA@Rice. This program will be Rice’s first online blended degree program. MBA@Rice can be completed in as little as 24 months and 54-credit hours. Students and faculty will meet weekly for online classes and students will also have pre-recorded content to use between classes. MBA@Rice also includes on-campus and global experiences, where students are able to collaborate in-person.
It is intended to serve working professionals who have a lot of experience, but who do not have the option to come to campus. According to Peter Rodriguez, dean of the business school, this new program means “working professionals across the country will have the opportunity to experience the same Rice MBA program we offer to our on-campus students without the need to relocate…”
The program is expected to begin in 2018.
Located in Houston, Texas, Rice University is a private institution established in 1912. The university’s Jones Graduate School of Business was established in 1974 and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Siena Heights University – Adrian, Michigan
Siena Heights University announced that will be starting an online MBA degree program in January 2018. Siena has a national reputation for its online education programs, according to SHU’s President Sister Peg Albert. “Our online program is ranked first in Michigan and tied for 24th nationally,” Albert said. “We also rank as one of the best in the nation in student engagement, according to the U.S. News and World Report. That speaks to its quality. Adding the MBA to our online offerings will be a winning combination.”
According Cheri Betz, dean of graduate and professional studies, the new program comes out of a need named by local employers and business leaders.
The curriculum will be focused on ethical and sustainable business practices. Betz said, “We have designed Siena’s MBA program to train strong, ethical business leaders who can leverage the markets in a manner consistent with our Dominican values.” The online eight-week courses can be completed in a little as 18 months.
SHU is a Roman Catholic university located in Adrian, Michigan. It is affiliated with and sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Also, this month, Online MBA Today released the Top 50 Online MBA Programs in Entrepreneurship. A list of over 400 online and hybrid MBA programs was obtained and vetted based upon specialization, tuition cost, accreditation, early-career salary, prestige, and graduation rates, in order to find the highest quality online MBA in Entrepreneurship. The University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business tops this ranking, followed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management and Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business.
U.S News and World Report: Consult Past, Current Students to Pick a Program
U.S. News and World Report published an article recently, called Consult Past, Current Students to Pick a Program, pertaining to prospective online students. According to the article, prospective online students connect with current or past students to learn more about programs they are interested in, especially if they are new to online education.
The article goes on to list eight questions you might find helpful to ask a current or past student if an online degree is something you are thinking about pursuing:
- What is your weekly workload?
- How are the online courses structured
- What advice do you have about balancing an education with a career?
- How responsive are faculty to online students?
- What services are available virtually, and what are most helpful?
- What opportunities are there to interact with other students?
- Was getting an online degree worth it for your career?
- What do you wish you had known at the start of the program that you know now?
U.S News and World Report: Look for 4 Student Services in an Online MBA Program
According to a recent piece published by U.S. News and World Report, Look for 4 Student Services in an Online MBA Program, prospective online MBA students should be sure the programs they are interested in pursuing offer four particular services. Being knowledgeable learning and networking opportunities will help you get the most out of your online program.
First, ask about networking opportunities. Many MBAs require online students to complete some form of on-campus work at some point in the program. These are important opportunities to interact with other students and faculty and build relationships through meaningful conversations and collaboration, which can potentially translate into future career possibilities. If the program you are considering does not require any on-campus work, see what services are offered or encouraged for students and faculty to meet virtually.
The second service to look for is, what is offered in the way of career counseling. Do the career counselors use virtual collaboration? And if so, what kind? These relationships can be useful not only in planning your career path, but, if your meetings are done virtually they can be good practice for virtual first-round interviews when job hunting.
Third, inquire about the writing center. Good writing skills are invaluable and a writing center can help you present your ideas in all kinds of written formats. But while on-campus students can simply drop in to a writing center, make sure there are options for online students as well.
Finally, what kind of alumni connections are there? Even if you are well-established in your field, making new connections is advantageous. Remote students may not have the opportunity to meet up with alumni in-person. Does the program have list of graduates students can contact?