Sector Portrait: Education/MBAs
The economic downturn has boosted the number of students in traditional MBA programs around Florida.
» University of South Florida Polytechnic — Division of Business
Curriculum: A full-time, day program
Notable: Students can complete the program in 16 months. It requires a business degree within the past six years. The 37-credit curriculum offers specializations in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. “Our students in the MBA program will work very closely with our business incubators to apply classroom learning to real problems,” says Jennifer Beyer, assistant director of enrollment management for USF Polytechnic.
» University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee — College of Business
Curriculum: Professional MBA
Notable: The Sarasota Professional MBA is a 48-credit-hour program designed for working professionals. Students use case studies, experiential learning, group projects and presentations along with traditional lectures. Classes meet on Saturdays for two years. An undergraduate degree in business is not required. The program begins in January each year. “All admitted MBA students are required to have at least two years of full-time work experience, and all MBA classes are held on the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus on Saturdays only,” says public relations coordinator Crystal Rothhaar.
» University of Tampa — John H. Sykes College of Business
Curriculum: Full-Time, Part-Time and Saturday MBA for business leaders
Notable: “Our MBA is unique in that we have very small classes of only 20 to 30 and our professors emphasize real practical issues,” says dean Frank Ghannadian. “All our graduates work on a real world case project at the end of their program, and we emphasize technology.”