January 26, 2015

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.

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» Florida Southern College — School of Business

Location: Lakeland

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.

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» Florida State University — College of Business

Location: Tallahassee

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.

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» Jacksonville University — Davis College of Business

Location: Jacksonville

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.

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