MBA program announces major revision for Fall 2014

Cohort 3 MBA students - Miguel N. and Jacqueline G.The MBA Program has incorporated a major revision that will provide students with a great deal of new flexibility in their program in timing, focus, and price options.  Starting in Fall of 2014, students entering the program will have the ability to choose how quickly they wish to complete their degree, how they wish to focus their degree, and structure their degree at different price points.  In addition, the College of Business will present students with an exciting new curriculum option – the ability to pursue Graduate Certificates. 

The foundation of the changes being undertaken is the depth of discussion the College of Business has pursued with the regional corporate community.  This market-based development will pay great dividends to the subsequent graduates of the growing family of College of Business Graduate Programs.

 

Choose how quickly you wish to complete your degree

One Year -  You can complete your MBA, excluding any foundation courses, in one calendar year.  You will be attending class four nights a week taking courses in a blended/hybrid (combination face-to-face and online) format.  You will need very good time management skills because you will be challenged.

Two Years -   This is the most common format.  In the first year, students typically take the 20 credit hours of MBA Core classes.  Nine hours will be taken in both the Fall and Spring semesters and the remaining four credit hours will be completed in the Summer.

In the second year, students pursue their selected concentration.  The concentrations can be complete by the end of the summer.

Three Years -  Students who desire to progress through their program at a slower rate can choose to spread their core classes over two years, devoting the third year to concentration classes.  In most terms, students will be taking only one class at a time, which means they will be on campus one night a week.

           

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Choose how you want your degree to be focused

General MBA    If you are seeking a broader based program, you should consider the General Management MBA.  This curriculum is designed to provide students with exposure to wider range of areas successful working professionals will likely face. 

Corporate MBA  Students seeking a deeply-focused MBA will select among five different corporate-driven concentrations.  Choosing a focus in a selected area will provide the student with the opportunity to take 4-6 courses in specific discipline.  Not only will these courses develop a substantial depth of understanding in the area, but the knowledge will parallel needs that have been identified by representatives from leading, highly visible companies.  The five options available for a focused concentration are:

·         Finance

·         Human Resource Management

·         Leadership

·         Investment Management

·         Supply Chain Management

           

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And if you are facing a limited budget

If you desire to pursue an MBA but have limited funds you can commit to it, you should give careful consideration to the MBA with a General Management concentration.  This high quality degree is value-priced at a tuition rate that is one of the lowest in the State of Texas. 

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Graduate Certificates

Need to become more important to your company?  Or possibly you want to take your career in another direction.  But you can’t afford to take the time or make the investment in a graduate degree – or maybe it would even be another graduate degree.  Regardless, we’ve got the ticket.  A graduate certificate whose courses are tightly focused in a high demand area.  Graduate Certificates are available in the same areas as are the MBA corporate-driven concentrations:

·         Finance

·         Human Resource Management

·         Leadership

·         Investment Management

·         Supply Chain Management

 

How are the courses in the Graduate Certificate programs different from those in the MBA Program? 

They are not.  In fact, the courses are identical.  We went to incredible lengths to understand company needs in each of the five areas and we are taking documented steps to be able to demonstrate we are going to execute in the delivery of the courses that comprise each of the five corporate-driven concentrations in our MBA Program.  It is the value that these concentration courses are going to drive to companies that is going to effectively differentiate our program and abilities of our graduates.  The Graduate Certificates drive the same discipline-specific value to the students as is found in the MBA Program, just without the breadth that the MBA Core would provide.  These Graduate Certificates are aimed at a market that needs the enhanced knowledge and skills that the various options can provide, but they  don’t need and/or want the additional coursework the MBA Program would require.

 

Efficient scheduling of the Graduate Certificates with the working professional in mind.

We understand busy professionals don’t have a lot of extra time to carve out of already tight schedules.  We have designed these classes in blended/hybrid – combination of face-to-face and online – format to make the most of your class time.  In fact, over the course of the approximate 10 month program, students will take one course at a time, attend class one night a week, and each subsequent class will be offered on the same night as the first course in the sequence.  Make no mistake, these courses will carry a lot of outside work, but much of it can be accomplished at a time the student is able to control.

 

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MARKET-BASED DEVELOPMENT

Research we did helped us to identify those areas in which companies typically feel their associates need more knowledge and understanding.  We validated these areas with personal interviews and primary research that included in-depth discussions with representatives from 6-10 of the leading companies in the region.  We repeated this process for each of the five areas where companies are consistently reporting repeated need. 
 

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Different people, different situations, different needs.  You craft that combination of options that will drive the greatest value to your career.

 

QUESTIONS

If you have further questions, email us at mba@uhd.edu or call713.221.8252

 

We look forward to hearing from you.