Sector Portrait: Education/MBAs
The economic downturn has boosted the number of students in traditional MBA programs around Florida.
» Barry University — Andreas School of Business
Barry University’s MBA progarm teaches social values.
Curriculum: Evening MBA program for part-time or full-time students
Notable: The private, Catholic school focuses on its Dominican tradition. “Our MBA graduates are prepared to make decisions and establish policies where nobler — social and ethical — values would never give preference to greed,” says Tomislav Mandakovic, dean of Barry University’s Andreas School of Business.
» Florida Atlantic University — College of Business
FAU’s College of Business has a trading room for students.
Location: Boca Raton
Curriculum: Traditional, Weekend and Executive MBA programs
Notable: FAU's Executive MBA is a 23-month program that meets every third weekend on Saturdays and Sundays. The program is designed for working professionals and starts in August and January every year. FAU also offers an 18-month Weekend MBA that meets every Saturday and starts every June. It is designed for newly employed, recent business graduates. The primary MBA specialization for these 40-credit-hour programs is international business, but alternative specializations are available.
» Florida Gulf Coast University — Lutgert College of Business
Location: Fort Myers
Curriculum: Traditional, Executive MBA
Notable: All foundation courses and core courses in the regular MBA program are available online. “If a student were to miss a class due to travel or professional commitments, the online support for work at a distance would mean that nothing would be missed from the learning experience,” says Stephen Drew, FGCU’s director of the Center for Leadership and Innovation.
» Florida Institute of Technology — Nathan M. Bisk College of Business
Location: Melbourne and nine additional locations
Curriculum: Traditional, MBA Online and extended studies program with MBA classes at military and space-related facilities in five states
Notable: A two-course sequence on the Essentials of Business substitutes for the standardized GMAT entrance examination, says MaryEllen Roy, director of marketing. “Students can begin immediately after these courses to take the MBA core and electives.”