Posts by Matthew Korman

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Matthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.

Aug 8, 2019 by

Boston University’s Barbara Bickart Answers Our 5 Questions

Barbara Bickart

In our latest installment of the MetroMBA “5 Questions” series, we speak with Barbara Bickart, Associate Professor of Marketing and Senior Associate Dean for MBA Programs at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. Bickart talks about the school’s new Online MBA, what’s next to come for the business school, and what type of student may be a perfect fit for the program.

1.) Why You Believe Now Was the Right Time for BU Questrom to Introduce an Online MBA Program?

“Significant advances in digital technology and education delivery platforms makes it possible to now offer high-quality and rigorous degree programs in an online setting. Because of these changes, at both the university and the school level, we felt it was imperative to develop the capability to offer online degree programs at scale. Further, the global market appears strong, particularly at the lower price point. edX has received over 10,000 inquiries for an online MBA program, making it their most requested Master’s degree. The edX technology platform is scalable and has a global reach of over 20 million learners, which will help us to expand our portfolio to reach a unique segment of business learners.

In addition, the global market for online professional education is sizable and there remains value in the MBA degree credential overall. According to a 2018 survey by the Financial Times, MBA grads nearly double their pre-MBA salary within three years of completing the degree.

Finally, the invitation to partner with edX provides an opportunity that aligns with our social mission to expand access to a top-tier business education throughout the world.”

2.) How Will the Questrom Online MBA be Different from Other School’s Online Programs?

“Unlike other online MBA programs, our program was designed from the ground up with the global online learner in mind. In the design process we leveraged knowledge gained from the BU Global Business Education Jams to create an updated and relevant MBA for the 21st century. Key themes include creating a socially responsible business, decision-making in a data-driven environment, managing with integrity, global business strategy, and developing an innovative mindset.

In addition, most other online programs offer traditional disciplinary-based courses. In contrast, our program focuses on developing the capabilities that lead to managerial and business success. By focusing on delivering capabilities versus disciplinary based courses we can leverage more fully the expertise of our alumni and other business leaders in developing exercises and cases that can better support a problem-solving approach to learning in a scaled environment.”

Barbara Bickart, Associate Professor of Marketing and Senior Associate Dean for MBA Programs at the Boston University Questrom School of Business.

3.) How Important is Being One of the First Major Business Schools in Boston to introduce an Online MBA?

“We are not the first online MBA in Boston. Babson, Simmons, and Northeastern offer traditional online MBA programs. We are, however, the first scaled MBA in Boston and only the second in the world.

Traditional online MBA programs are offered by about twenty of the top fifty MBA programs in the United States, and charge the same tuition as their residential program. Our scaled online MBA through edX is a new MBA category; and lies outside of the traditional and increasingly crowded online market. Our program will increase the accessibility of an online MBA both in the Boston region and globally.”

4.) Is This a Sign of More Programs to Come?

“Definitely! Entering the online MBA market at this time allows us to generate new capabilities, content, and infrastructure that will create hybrid flexibility in our current program portfolio and introduce new credit-bearing and noncredit-bearing programs in the future. We see also this initiative as creating the technology platform to develop forms of digital engagement to drive lifelong learning for our alums.”

5.) What Do You Believe Will be the Ideal Questrom Online MBA Candidate?

“The ideal BU Questrom Online MBA candidate is someone who has been working for about five to seven years, does not want to leave their job, and is seeking to advance their career. These individuals work in a variety of organizations, including the business, not-for-profits, education, and government sectors. They are busy people with complicated schedules and therefore seek the convenience of an online program. In addition, they may live in a location (either in the United States or abroad) where access to a high-quality MBA program is limited. They are curious and are motivated to complete a degree in an online setting.”

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Aug 2, 2019 by

London Business School Full-Time MBA Deadlines Announced

London Business School MBA Deadlines

The full calendar of deadlines has been revealed for hopeful applicants to the London Business School full-time MBA program. Dates are listed below:

London Business School MBA Deadlines: 2019-20

Round One

Application Deadline: Sep. 13, 2019
Interview Decision: Oct. 10, 2019
Final Decision: Nov. 20, 2019

Round Two

Application Deadline: Jan. 3, 2020
Interview Decision: Feb. 6, 2020
Final Decision: March 31, 2020

Round Three

Application Deadline: March 5, 2020
Interview Decision: April 7, 2020
Final Decision: May 21, 2020

Round Four

Application Deadline: April 22, 2020
Interview Decision: May 14, 2020
Final Decision: June 18, 2020

Learn more about the London Business School full-time MBA program here.

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Aug 1, 2019 by

New UCLA Anderson Full-Time MBA Deadlines Announced

UCLA MBA Deadlines

The latest UCLA MBA deadlines for the full-time program at the Anderson School of Management have been officially announced, with dates posted below:

UCLA MBA Deadlines 2019-20

Round One

Application Deadline: Oct. 2, 2019
Admissions Decision: Dec. 18, 2019

Round Two

Application Deadline: Jan. 8, 2020
Admissions Decision: March 26, 2020

Round Three

Application Deadline: April 16, 2020
Admissions Decision: May 21, 2020

Learn more about the UCLA Anderson full-time MBA program here.

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Jul 30, 2019 by

UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Deadlines Announced for 2019-20

UNC MBA Deadlines

Hopeful applicants to the next full-time MBA class at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School have some new deadlines to remember.

New UNC MBA Deadlines

Early Action

Application Deadline: Oct. 14, 2019
Decision Notification: Dec. 9, 2019

Round Two

Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020
Decision Notification: March 2, 2020

Round Three

Application Deadline: March 2, 2020
Decision Notification: April 14, 2020

Round Four

Application Deadline: April 6, 2020
Decision Notification: May 18, 2020

Learn more about the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA program here.

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Jul 18, 2019 by

Real Humans of the Miami Business School

The idea of a business school, for many, conjures images of rigidity: stuffed shirts, properly tuned haircuts, and brutalist, monochrome buildings—foundational visions of the business school stereotype. But these observations can be fairly limited, if not completely outdated. While some schools are still defined by business traditionalism, the University of Miami Business School offers a decidedly less obtuse vision.

The Miami Business School, overlooking Lake Osceola in Southern Miami, defies business school assumptions. Alongside the city’s effortlessly pleasant weather, potential students won’t find the the limited, formal degree options, with more choices than the vast majority of business schools virtually anywhere, including: three full-time MBA programs; three different Executive MBA programs; a part-time MBA option; Online MBA option; and five different dual MBA opportunities. In addition, the school offers eight on-campus specialized master’s options and two more online specialized masters degrees.

Simply stated, when it comes to a wealth of choices, you won’t find many schools that offer more.

Expansive opportunities also means an immensely diverse class of students. Statistically, Miami is considered the most “international” city in the United States, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, inviting a truly global array of career opportunities that few business schools can try to match.

When talking with several Miami Business School MBA students, the diversity of choices and Miami’s undeniably friendly international appeal is certainly reflective, including a French-born fitness expert, a clothing line founder, and a Venezuelan marketing guru, among others. Read on to see their stories and what the future may hold for life after an MBA.

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Jul 16, 2019 by

The MBA Tour Comes to Toronto

The MBA Tour Toronto

Considering business school? Join us at The MBA Tour Toronto on Saturday, August 17 to meet Columbia, University of Toronto, McGill, Chicago Booth, Ivey & more Top B-schools!

Learn more about the event here

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