Hybrid MBA Offers Flexibility & Quality
February 21, 2013
Isenberg's newly launched Hybrid MBA is the fourth MBA option now offered by the school. Students who elect the Hybrid MBA complete a core curriculum of online MBA courses followed by 9 months of courses on the UMass Amherst campus in the company of Isenberg's second-year, full-time MBA students.
"Isenberg's Hybrid MBA, like our other MBA programs, offers our students flexibility and convenience," observes John Wells, Isenberg's Associate Dean of Online Programs. "For some students, our hybrid option will prove the best of both worlds," he continues. "Students complete the program's online core curriculum at their own pace, tailored to their own schedules and lifestyles. After that, they immerse themselves for 9 months on the UMass Amherst campus, taking business and interdisciplinary electives with their peers and our full-time MBA students."
A critical component of the residency, notes Wells, is an extended consulting project, where teams of 3 and 4 students tackle challenges on behalf of business and nonprofit clients. Last year's clients included EMC and LEGO, medium size and small businesses, and a regional arts group. "It's a capstone experience that gives our students an immediate opportunity to apply strategic MBA skills," he remarks.
Besides the Hybrid MBA, Isenberg offers three other MBA options: a two-year, Full-Time MBA (on-campus), an (entirely) Online MBA, and a Blended MBA, where students from Massachusetts and northern Connecticut take online courses and classes at satellite campuses in Shrewsbury, Holyoke, and Boston. All Isenberg MBA programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In U.S. News' current survey of online business MBAs, Isenberg ranks 22nd in the nation, 18th among public business schools, and 7th in the Northeast.