Sector Portrait: Education/MBAs
The economic downturn has boosted the number of students in traditional MBA programs around Florida.
» Rollins College — Crummer Graduate School of Business
Location: Winter Park
Curriculum: Early Advantage, Key Executive, Professional and Saturday MBAs
Notable: Forbes magazine ranks the school’s MBA first in Florida in terms of return on investment. “You go to some schools and their career development is campuswide. We focus on the business school,” says dean Craig McAllaster. Crummer graduates can refresh their skills at no cost by taking classes after they graduate.
» Saint Leo University — School of Business
Location: St. Leo (Pasco County), Atlanta and Chesapeake, Va.
Curriculum: Saint Leo does not offer a full-time MBA. Instead it focuses on working professionals including military personnel who take classes online or on the weekend.
Notable: The general 36-credit-hour program allows students to earn their degree in as little as one year. The online MBA and weekend MBA both offer a general MBA or specializations in accounting, healthcare management, human resources management, information security management, marketing and sport business. Specialization courses are only offered online. Saint Leo offers a values-infused curriculum, says dean Michael Nastanski. “In every class we have values-based exercises. We’ve been doing that since day one,” he says, adding, “We’re different that way.”
» Stetson University — School of Business Administration
Stetson University offers MBA students small class sizes.
Location: DeLand, Celebration, Gulfport
Curriculum: Traditional, Executive MBA program at Celebration for students with significant professional experience, JD/MBA program at the College of Law in Gulfport
Notable: “Stetson University is committed to providing students the academic focus and tools they need to succeed by personalizing their educational experience by providing an academic adviser and small class sizes,” says dean Stuart Michelson.