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Florida's business school deans talk about their MBA programs

Nancy Dahlberg | 2/26/2020

MBA News Around the State ...

University of West Florida


The University of West Florida likes to say it has a pathway for everyone, and in its MBA programs, the College of Business has worked to provide more ways to help prospective students get in and succeed. Prospective students with significant work experience may be able to waive the GMAT, and a new seven-week class delves into all the business basics for those needing the background. About three-quarters of students opt for online.

Rollins College

Winter Park

Last fall, Forbes magazine ranked the MBA program at Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College No. 1 in Florida and No. 51 in the nation. The biennial Best Business Schools 2019 ranking was based on the return on investment five years after graduation, and it was the 10th time Crummer’s program ranked tops in the Sunshine State. The private university based in Winter Park also recently revised its executive MBA program, updating it with more global immersion.

Jacksonville University


CEO Magazine recently ranked the EMBA program at Jacksonville University Davis College of Business best in Florida and 25th in the world. Quality of the faculty was weighted at nearly 35% of the ranking, and class size, international diversity and accreditation also factored into this recognition. The private university has seen an increase in its 4-plus-1 program, in which students who maintain a strong GPA get special consideration for the MBA program. It added dual degree MSMBA curriculums in health informatics and business analytics in 2018-19.

Barry University


Barry University added online MBAs to its traditional MBA programs in 2018. Joan Phillips, dean of the Andreas School of Business at the private Miami university, says students still prefer face to face but their work and home lives don’t always permit it. “What students like is that even though it is an online program, the students still have access to the faculty that Barry is known for.” Barry offers MBAs with concentrations in international business, marketing, management and health services administration, among others. It offers a dual degree program (master’s of science and MBA combined) in its popular sport management and accounting concentrations. “We are always trying to stay current with the needs of the market,” Phillips says.


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