October has come and gone and the world is preparing for the holiday seasons coming up. This means that universities and colleges are preparing for the end of the semester and the coming new year. With the changing seasons coming, comes the changing of the academic world as well. New programs are still being announced, prospective students are gathering applications together for the coming semester and year, and more and more research is being done about the online MBA world.
Also this month, Online MBA Today released our newest ranking of the Top 50 No-GMAT Online MBA Programs. This list is a product of evaluating over 450 online MBA programs based upon their Accreditation, Estimated Tuition Cost, and PayScale Early Career Salary. These programs either offer a set GMAT waiver or eliminate the requirement all together. For more information about other online MBA programs, check out our article on the top MBA specializations and explore our other Online MBA Rankings. Finally, The Tangerine, Utica College's newspaper, published an article about the benefits of blended online MBA programs, and US News and World Report published important articles for prospective online MBA students.
This News in Review is proud to highlight Jacksonville University and Keystone College.
Enjoy the latest news for Online MBAs!
New Online MBA Programs
Jacksonville University's Nathan M. Bisk Center for Professional Studies
Jacksonville University's Nathan M. Bisk Center for Professional Studies recently launched an entirely online Master's of Business Administration (MBA) program. Bisk, founded in 1971 and is a respective facilitator of online education. This new program provides options for students to pursue either a general MBA or a concentration in management. Students who opt for the general MBA track may chose an accelerated, one-year program. Coursework is focused on theories and practices in global business environments, macro- and micro-economics in decision making, and resource management, corporate responsibility, economic optimization, and characteristics of self-leadership.
Jacksonville University, located in Jacksonville, Florida, serves more than 4,000 students across over 100 programs, from bachelor to doctoral degrees. Established over 80 years ago, it is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. JU's David College of Business, which is supported by the Nathan M. Bisk Center for Professionals Studies, is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Keystone College – Online MBA
Keystone College has begun accepting applications for its new online MBA degree, which will begin in January 2018. The program consists of 36 credit hours and is particularly focused on students with undergraduate degrees in areas such as business administration, economics, finance and accounting. The MBA will emphasize analytical frameworks such as risk assessments, cost-benefit analyses, and strategic planning that are applicable to a variety of business situations.
Keystone College is a private college in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1868 in Factoryville, Keystone is home to just over 1,400 students, Keystone offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options, from associate to master's degrees. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The Benefits of Blended Online MBA Programs
The Tangerine, an independent, weekly newspaper published by and for Utica College, recently published an article entitled The Benefits of Blended Online MBA Programs. UC has been adding more online courses and degree programs and currently offers 24 online degrees, among which is it's MBA program.
Students pursuing the MBA have the option to attend online classes on campus or attend them virtually, creating a blended program. Patricia Swann, who teaches one of the MBA blended courses says, "I am a big fan of the blended classroom. It is convenient for students and it provides an opportunity to get to know their professor. The live class is helpful to students because the group activities prepare them for their assignments due later in the week."
These blended classes have cameras and microphones in the class for virtual students who still want the face-to-face experience, but they are also recorded for those students who are unable to participate in the course live.
Kyle Dempster is currently pursuing the a degree in the blended MBA program while working full-time. He says that "Online courses are easier and convenient for students as they don't have an obligation to be in class," Dempster said. "If students stay on top of their work online, just like in a regular class, they will be able to keep up and do well."
Signs You Should Transfer to a New Online Degree Program
U.S. News and World Report released an article entitled Signs to Transfer to a New Online Degree Program. Highlighting the struggles of students currently enrolled in online programs, including MBAs, the articles lists six reasons students should consider transferring:
- The quality isn't what was expected: This can be anything form class size, interaction with faculty or other students, or course materials.
- The institution loses its accreditation, which is a sign of legitimacy to both employers and other institutions.
- The program lacks flexibility. Because one of the reasons many people enroll in online programs is for the increased flexibility, if the program isn't serving those needs it might be time reconsider.
- The faculty aren't responsive or engaging. Just because you are an online student doesn't mean you don't deserve the same time and attention of faculty members' in-person students.
- The program no longer fits your career goals. Your goals can (and will change) over time. If it's something you realize while in an online program, it's a good time to reconsider.
- There is a lack of student services. Much like point number four, just because you are an online student doesn't mean you don't need or deserve student services to help support you and your educational and career goals.
Assess U.S. Online MBAs as an International Student
Assess U.S. Online MBAs as an International Student from U.S. News and World Report outlines three considerations for international students interested in pursing an MBA in the U.S., especially as they have the option to do so from their home countries.
- Does the school have a diverse student body? Diversity brings new ideas, healthy debate, and broader business experiences. It also means staff and faculty will be better prepared to help you with specific needs and learning styles as an international student. Check on the website or call a program coordinator to get an idea about the program's demographics.
- What are the program's ties and opportunities with overseas universities? Find out if the programs you are interested in offer immersion classes, courses in other countries, or international faculty. Immersion means you will meet other professionals from other areas who might become future business partners, and international professors can bring a new perspective to local business.
- Can you embrace the experience and connect with your peers? What are the kind of assignments you'll be asked to do? Try to get a feel for how they might be easier or more challenging for you as an international student.
This goes beyond the content of the coursework. Consider also if the timing of classwork will work with your location. Will there be challenges with synchronous discussion boards, for example? Also consider how you feel about your written and spoken English.