Sector Portrait: Continuing Education
Florida MBA Standouts
MBA programs are broadening their reach in an effort to meet student and marketplace demands.
» Nova Southeastern University in Davie has added six MBA concentrations, says Huizenga Business School Dean D. Michael Fields. The new programs include logistics, process improvement, supply chain management, business intelligence/analytics, conflict resolution and information security.
» Stetson University has added online components to its joint JD/MBA program. In addition, this year the EMBA international program based in Celebration will include Istanbul and Budapest for the first time.
» Florida Southern College in Lakeland is putting a new emphasis in several areas, including live case studies in which students work with companies on real-world problems, providing each student with an executive mentor as a personal career guide, and offering day, weekend and online course work to complete an MBA in 16 months.
» Florida State University's MBA program is now open to applicants with non-business backgrounds. The college no longer requires business prerequisites and focuses instead on work experience, GMAT score, demonstrated leadership and past academic strength. The school's online MBA program is ranked No. 20 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which based its rankings on faculty credentials, training and online teaching experience.
» The University of Florida now provides students in the internet MBA program with an Apple iPad2 when they enroll. UF MBA's history with Apple products began with iPods, which also were given to internet students when the devices first came out.
» The University of West Florida and the Transatlantic Institute of the Universities of Applied Sciences in Ludwigshafen and Worms have entered their 10th year of providing the UWF MBA to German working professionals. The program is aimed at midlevel managers.
» The University of Miami launched a global executive MBA program taught entirely in Spanish that draws executives from Latin America as well as Spanish-speaking executives from Florida.
Of the 227 MBA programs in Florida in 2010-11:
» 85 were traditional full-time
» 61 were part time during the days
» 55 were part time during the evenings
» 11 were online
» 15 were distance education, off campus and partnership
» The top three areas of study were general business, finance (including banking) and management, according to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Tampa-based global accrediting organization.