Many semesters and quarters are coming to and end and students are walking across stages to receive their diplomas. Congratulations to all the students for their hard work and to all the faculty, staff, and administrators, thanks for your dedication and thoughtful guidance.
As the semesters close, some students are researching for the next year or two, to find the right fit in an online MBA program. To help in this search, Online MBA Today has published the following rankings: Top Online MBA Programs in Kentucky, Top Online MBA Programs in Louisiana, Top Online MBA Programs in Maine, Top Online MBA Programs in Maryland, Top Online MBA Programs in Massachusetts, Top Online MBA Programs in Michigan, Top Online MBA Programs in Minnesota, Top Online MBA Programs in Mississippi, and the Top Online MBA Programs in Missouri. 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 has been a new program announced, an online MBA program expanded with new options, and an article with great tips for online students. 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!
Western State Colorado University – Gunnison, Colorado
Western State Colorado University is now offering a two-year, online MBA program in Outdoor Industry, capitalizing on the nearly $900 billion industry. According to Program Director Pete Sherman, “The Outdoor Industry MBA at Western will give graduate students the tools and connections necessary to make forward-thinking change within this fast-growing industry. … We have a unique approach to class scheduling where we offer the industry-specific courses first. This way, students can apply content from class immediately to the workplace.”
The program will have a product concentration, which will offer courses in sustainable outdoor product development and material sourcing, supply chain and logistics in the outdoor industry, and sustainable finance. There will also be a service concentration with coursework in resort and hospitality management, natural resource regulation and economics, and sales and customer experience. Students will take their concentration coursework first during their program so that they may immediate apply what they’ve learned to their work. Residencies, immersion experiences, and guest lectures are all to be included. During their second year, students will complete a capstone project with a company in the outdoor industry.
About the new program, Adam Howard, president and CEO of Height of Land Media, publisher of Alpinist, Backcountry and Cross Country Skier magazines, said, “Western has always been a feeder school for the outdoor industry. …Given its location and culture around outdoor pursuits, I can’t think of a school more poised to bring this MBA program to fruition.”
Located in Gunnison, Colorado, Western State Colorado University is a four-year, public, liberal arts college with about around 2,400 undergraduate and 350 graduate students. Established in 1901, Western offers 19 graduate programs and 75 undergraduate areas of study. It holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.
Emporia State University – Emporia, Kansas
Emporia State University has announced the launch of several accelerated degree programs, all fully online, including four MBAs. All these new programs can be completed in 12 months, and, with six start dates throughout the year, students are able to start their programs whenever it best suits their needs and schedules. The four, accelerated, online MBA programs ESU is now offering are MBAs in information systems, marketing, accounting, and a general MBA. The courses are all seven weeks long. ESU is AACSB accredited.
Emporia State in Emporia, Kansas, is a public university first established in 1863 and is the third-oldest public university in the state. Through its four colleges and schools, it currently offers more than 80 courses of study to nearly 6,000 students.
3 Tips for Online Students from Success Coaches | U.S. News and World Report
Online Learning Lessons from U.S. News and World Report offers three tips from success coaches to help online students succeed academically. Success coaches are now available for many online programs, and their main job is to help online students feel connected to their school and well-equipped and informed about the resources available to them. Success coaches are there advise, motivate, and support online students. Arizona State University offers one such program, and what follows are the top three questions their success coaches receive from their online students.
- What is your best advice for creating productive study habits?
The success coaches recommend building a schedule that balances both your academic work and your personal life, but then make sure to stick with it. Second, find a place to study that is free of distractions, wherever that might be for you. For some, home is the best. For others a coffee shop is more productive. And third, create a to-do list each week that includes all deadlines and events for the week.
- How do you recommend I start the career planning process?
First, be sure to identify what your interests and passions are and think about a career from that perspective. Once you’ve identified some options, speak with someone is already working in that field. And be sure to take advantage of the career services offered at your institution.
- What are the most effective ways for me to communicate with my success coach?
If you are an online student, it can be hard to build relationships virtually. Try picking up the phone, if that’s something you’re comfortable with. The simple act of hearing a voice on the other end can make all the difference. This also holds true when it comes to connecting with your professors and other students in your program.