Sector Portrait: Education/MBAs
The economic downturn has boosted the number of students in traditional MBA programs around Florida.
» Northwestern University — Kellogg School of Management
Location: Coral Gables
Curriculum: Executive MBA for students who are employed and have a minimum of eight to 10 years of work experience
Notable: Northwestern’s MBA is consistently at the top of rankings published by the Economist, Business Week, U.S. News & World Report and others. The program’s Global Initiatives in Management program includes five weeks of classroom study on the culture, economic climate and business conditions of a selected country followed by a research trip to the country.
» Nova Southeastern — H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship
Nova expects MBA students to participate as team members in consulting assignments.
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Miami, Miramar, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa
Curriculum: Full-Time MBA, MBA in Entrepreneurship, MBA for Working Professionals, Dual JD/MBA
Notable: The MBA in Entrepreneurship prepares students to create business plans, participate as a team member in consulting assignments, build a portfolio, evaluate and purchase existing businesses and start their own businesses.
» Palm Beach Atlantic University — Rinker School of Business
Location: West Palm Beach
Curriculum: 36-credit-hour MBA
Notable: Palm Beach Atlantic’s 36-credit-hour MBA program is designed for working professionals who prefer to take evening classes. Students can complete the program in 15 or 24 months depending on their needs and time commitments. Twelve hours of undergraduate prerequisites in accounting, statistics and economics are required. Rinker Dean David Smith says that small classes and faculty members with extensive real-world industry experience make Palm Beach Atlantic stand out. Also, the curriculum intertwines business education and Christian principles.