Sector Portrait: Education/MBAs
The economic downturn has boosted the number of students in traditional MBA programs around Florida.
» Florida International University — Chapman Graduate School of Business
Location: Downtown Miami, Pembroke Pines
Curriculum: Evening, International, Downtown, Professional, Executive, Corporate and Healthcare MBAs
Notable: “What we believe sets us apart is the fact that we are indeed offering many convenient options for people — during the week, on Saturdays, in the evenings ... at our main campus in downtown Miami, in Pembroke Pines ... even fully online,” says Joyce Elam, executive dean of the College of Business Administration, which houses the Chapman school.
» Florida Southern College — School of Business
Curriculum: 16-month Accelerated MBA with a guaranteed internship
Notable: “The new MBA is an accelerated, cohort-based, high value for the price, full-time MBA with an emphasis on integrating soft skills, work experience and the international business environment,” says Larry Ross, coordinator of graduate programs in business at Florida Southern.
» Florida State University — College of Business
Curriculum: Accelerated, Online MBA, Joint JD/MBA and Master of Social Work/MBA
Notable: In the Global Business Seminar, students “spend the semester researching a destination country and international commerce and then spend a week in that country touring businesses and experiencing a new culture,” says Melanie Yeager, director of graduate programs.
» Jacksonville University — Davis College of Business
Curriculum: Accelerated, Flex and Executive, Joint JD/MBA in partnership with the Florida Coastal School of Law
Notable: Dean Gordon Arbogast points to the eight-week modules as an attractive feature. In addition to traditional academics, there’s a focus on professional development, including communications skills, team leadership and mentors.