MBA Program Refresh

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MBA Program Refresh

MBA program refresh: Greater flexibility, increased possibilities

Grad students walking down the stairsIncreased flexibility in RCB’s newly refreshed MBA program is expanding students’ options as they meet the demands of their busy professions as well as their goals.

Students customize their degrees by capitalizing on stackable credentials. Required core courses account for half of the 36 credits required for an MBA, and students select the remaining 18 credits based on their study pathway and career objectives.

“Students can choose two related concentrations to build depth, two distinct concentrations to build breadth or choose one concentration and three elective courses across disciplines to gain a wide view from varying perspectives,” said Assistant Dean Jennifer Maden.

Concentrations now include accounting, business analytics, management, data analytics, entrepreneurship,Grad student outside Business Hall finance, human resources management, organizational leadershipmanagement information systems, supply chain and logistical systems, and sustainable business.

“With the most customizable MBA curriculum in the region, students will have the ability to hone their skills in specific areas of business — or build knowledge across sectors — to expand their insights and set themselves apart from the competition,” Maden said.

The Graduate Curriculum Committee updated the program based on many sources, including trends in graduate management education, AACSB Emerging 2020 Standards, regional competing programs, RCB’s Executive Advisory Council, student and faculty surveys, and examples of AACSB-MBA programs with flexible content.

Grad student at a computerThe program was designed to further enhance content fluidity, problem-solving skills and collaboration. The curriculum also was adjusted to meet changing accreditation standards and priorities, such as responsible leadership and sustainability.

“Students have a lot more control over choosing where they want to spend their time and energy and where they want to focus their intellectual growth and career,” Maden said.

 

 

 

Pictured above: Top: With new program changes, MBA students like (left to right) Jordan Wisser, Kaitlyn Anthony, Caitlyn Burnes and Kelli Stout can further customize their degrees to meet their career goals. Center: MBA student Kelli Stout. Bottom: MBA candidate, Jordan Wisser.