With colleges deep into the spring semester, student and administrators are not only working on concluding the semester strong, but also looking to the coming semesters. If students are still researching to find the right program, rankings are a great tool to use. This month, Online MBA Today published the Top Online MBA Programs in Georgia, Top Online MBA Programs in Hawaii, Top Online MBA Programs in Illinois, Top Online MBA Programs in Indiana, Top Online MBA Programs in Iowa, and the Top Online MBA Programs in Kansas. For more information about other online MBA programs, check out our article on the top MBA specializations and explore our other Online MBA Rankings.
Over the past month, there have been two new programs announced and an article giving a strong argument on why students should consider online MBA programs. Whether you are a prospective online MBA student, a current student, or a professional in the Online MBA world, enjoy the latest news for Online MBAs!
University of St. Thomas – St. Paul, Minnesota
Starting in the fall of 2018, the University of St. Thomas will offer its part-time MBA program in an online format. Said Dr. Lisa Abendroth, associate dean for graduate program innovation, "We know that one-third of our current MBA students considered a fully online program before deciding to join our Part-time MBA." To ensure student success, online classes will be capped at 30 students. The 45-credit program is made up of half required course work and half elective coursework. Students will start the program with a four-day, on-campus residency. There is also an 8 to 12-day study abroad elective students may opt to participate in or students may instead choose to use their elective credits to complete a graduate certificate on top of their MBA degree.
Minnesota's largest private, nonprofit university, the University of St. Thomas is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 1885, it is a Catholic, liberal arts university with a student enrollment of over 10,000 students across 88 undergraduate majors, 41 master's degree programs, and five doctorates. St. Thomas holds accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.
West Liberty University – West Liberty, West Virginia
West Liberty University announced it will launch a new concentration in fraud and forensics accounting for their online MBA program. The 30-hour program already has a management concentration. This new, 12-hour credit concentration will begin in August 2018 and will prepare students to be certified fraud examiners and licensed CPAs. According to Online MBA Program Director Greg Chase, "It's a way for students to continue their studies in accounting, get their master's and their CPA license. There's a huge demand for people with the fraud certification."
West Liberty University is located in West Liberty, West Virginia and is a four-year, public university with five colleges that offer over 60 majors. Home to just over 2,300 students, West Liberty is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Here's 5 Reasons Why You Should Study An Online MBA in 2018 – Business Because
Touting flexibility for women in business, upward career trajectories, and flexible learning opportunities, Business Because released an article entitled Here's 5 Reasons Why You Should Study An Online MBA in 2018. Reason number one is that an online MBA offers more opportunities for women in the business world. Said Jane Mutamangira, an online MBA student, "I have a family consisting of small children," she continues, "so I decided to do an online degree because of its flexibilityâ¦"
The second reason given is "quickfire career wins"; an online MBA gives students the skills needed apply what they are learning into their professional lives. Said Kathirvel Balakrishnan, another online MBA student, "I am able to articulate the issues, problems, and messages in a clear and concise manner now. I understand business much better and am now able to provide evidence-based responses to teams more often—which helps for completing a thorough analysis of items at work."
Thirdly, an online MBA program means "entrepreneurs need not fret" by providing them with opportunities to simultaneous work on launching their companies alongside building their understanding of how to continue to "scale up their business.
Fourth, Business Because highlights the benefits of flexible learning with an online MBA. The flexibility, especially for those programs that are truly 100 percent online, give students a huge sense of relief knowing they can work toward their degrees without sacrificing their other obligations. Which leads right into the fifth reason, which is online MBA students don't need to miss time at work or with family.