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Sector Portrait: Continuing Education

MBA Programs in Florida

A Florida Trend in-depth report on the state's top MBA programs.

Patti Roth | 3/1/2011


Tomislav Mandakovic
Tomislav Mandakovic,
dean, Andreas School of Business,
Barry University, Miami Shores

Barry University's graduate business programs are trying to capitalize on the diversity of its students' backgrounds. With the economy still lagging, professionals from a wide assortment of fields are seeking training to run their own businesses successfully. Some are out of work and interested in entrepreneurial opportunities. Others are veering off from an existing job to branch out on their own.

The diverse backgrounds, Mandakovic says, are "great for classroom environment. You analyze different situations from different perspectives. You learn a lot from other people by being with them in the classroom."

Another trend, Mandakovic says, is an increased emphasis on service-oriented learning. That, he says, addresses general comments from the business world. MBA students gain practical, useful experience working with non-profits and other organizations in the community. "They're learning and at the same time seeing the usefulness," he says.

Mandakovic says he encourages prospective students to get two years of experience in the workforce before seeking their MBAs. "It's an issue of maturity,'' he says. "The students are coming here to learn — and not be taught."


Steven Foley,
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach

Steven Foley won't be scouting for employment after school. He's already accepted a job in global customer management at Rolls-Royce. He says the opportunity arose through school.

Before enrolling in the MBA program, Foley worked for several years as a commercial banking officer and served on the Wausau, Wisc., City Council. During school, he interned at Orlando International Airport, worked as a graduate assistant for his college's marketing director and participated in extra team projects. Part of his goal, he says, was to take advantage of the networking benefits.

Returning for an MBA after being in the workforce was an approach that Foley, 31, recommends. "You just know how to relate that education to the real world,'' he says.

University Enrollment (2010) Cost
Barry University — Andreas School of Business 107 $31,500 - $34,125
DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management* 197 $33,600
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 154 $40,000
Florida A&M University 81 N/A
Florida Atlantic University — College of Business 630 $42,090
Florida Gulf Coast University —Lutgert College of Business 300 $39,000
Florida Institute of Technology — Nathan M. Bisk College of Business 1,000 $19,000 - $36,000
Florida International University — Chapman Graduate School of Business 862 $54,000
Florida Southern College — School of Business 47 $24,000
Florida State University — College of Business 349 online: $20,700 (in-state); $23,800 (out-of-state); on campus: $15,600 (in-state), $42,100 (out-of-state)
Jacksonville University — Davis College of Business 160 $49,000
John Sykes College of Business — University of Tampa 336 $39,600
Keiser University 430 $25,914
Nova Southeastern University — H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship N/A $26,600 - $31,000
Palm Beach Atlantic University 113 $16,560
Rollins College — Crummer Graduate School of Business 475 $88,000 (2-year cost)
Saint Leo University — School of Business 1,429 $13,752 - $23,304
Stetson University — School of Business Administration N/A $45,600
University of Central Florida — Executive Development Center 470 $44,000
University of Florida — Hough Graduate School of Business 930 $46,000
University of Miami — School of Business 178 $76,000
University of North Florida — Coggin College of Business 376 $13,283 (in-state)
University of South Florida — College of Business 270 N/A
University of South Florida Polytechnic N/A $14,998 - $19,457
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee 54 $17,057
University of South Florida St. Petersburg — College of Business 141 $12,874
University of West Florida — College of Business 164 $7,950

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