FAYETTE, Iowa (January 10, 2014) – UIU is expanding its online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in 2014 to include face-to-face/classroom options at selected centers. Students will be able to pick from the popular online program or, at some UIU locations, pursue an evening MBA, a weekend MBA, or combine daytime and evening MBA classes.
Enrollment has increased by 46 percent in the UIU online MBA program in the past year and the MBA is one of the faster growing programs at UIU according to Kristopher Blanchard, Ph.D., associate professor of business and chair of the MBA program. He said that despite the success of the online version, the University is seeing student demand grow for face-to-face/classroom options as well.
"Not everybody learns in the same way, and some people are not comfortable with taking courses completely online. They want to study in a classroom and take advantage of those networking opportunities," Blanchard said. "At UIU, we say, 'Your degree. Your way.' Offering more options for the MBA program ensures that we are giving students choices that can fit into their lifestyle."
Blanchard said students can take courses for their MBA online or opt to take courses after 5 p.m. weekdays at the UIU-Waterloo Center, on Saturday mornings at the UIU-Quad Cities Center, or combine day and evening weekday courses at the Fayette campus.
The MBA programs will also be offered in an accelerated format at all locations. By enrolling in both online and residential classes, students would be able to complete the MBA in just over a year.
"Many graduate students are concerned about an educational program taking a lot of time away from their family or career," Blanchard said. "The accelerated format provides students an opportunity to achieve their educational goals in a very short amount of time."
Courses in the new program got under way on January 6. UIU courses are offered in eight-week terms. Registration for the next eight-week term of classes begins January 20, and classes start March 3.
For more information, contact Blanchard at email@example.com.
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