Sector Portrait: Education/MBAs
The economic downturn has boosted the number of students in traditional MBA programs around Florida.
» University of North Florida — Coggin College of Business
Curriculum: Traditional; GlobalMBA offered together with three universities in Germany, Poland and China; Ibero-AmericanMBA offered with universities in Argentina and Spain
Notable: UNF’s international focus is what makes its MBA programs stand out, says Cheryl Campbell, the school’s director of student services.
» University of South Florida — College of Business
USF Tampa requires MBA students to have work experience before enrolling.
Curriculum: Traditional MBA, Executive
Notable: “We are the only one in the area that requires professional working experience for MBA admission. Most of our students have at least four years’ experience,” and the figure is even higher for the Executive MBA program, says Robert Forsythe, business school dean.
» University of South Florida St. Petersburg — College of Business
Location: St. Petersburg
Curriculum: A 36-credit, 12-month program
Notable: USF St. Petersburg’s program is designed either for students with or without undergraduate business degrees. Students who hold non-business degrees take MBA Essentials, a one-semester, non-credit program that mixes online and classroom learning of basic business concepts. Electives, which make up 18 of the 36 credits, are offered in accounting, international management, marketing, economics and finance. “USF St. Petersburg has one of the few MBA programs in the South that emphasizes the study of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and ethics as principal themes,” says dean Maling Ebrahimpour.