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UNC is first top 20 MBA program to launch Online MBA program.

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The Wall Street Journal reports July 7 (UNC Makes Risky Online Bet: Top-20 Business School Aims to Extend its Global Reach with Internet MBA) that the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School is launching an online MBA program called “MBA@UNC”. The initial class of 19 students will take the same main classes the regular MBAs take on campus. It’s another sign that online education is a growth area, particularly in the MBA and EMBA space. Joe Light at the WSJ writes:

While online programs are still mostly seen as the purview of for-profit schools, like the University of Phoenix and Capella University, UNC is hoping to change that image…

It is the first online program of its kind from a top-20 U.S. business school. Other universities, including Indiana University, Northeastern University and Howard University, offer or will soon offer online M.B.A. degrees.

Light writes that the program faced stiff opposition on campus. It’s geared to working adults, similar to EMBA programs. It says admissions standards are as high as for the on-campus business school, which include a score of 700 on the GMAT. A New York-based start-up called 2tor helped develop the program with UNC. Light writes:

 2tor has helped start online programs in nursing at Georgetown University and in teaching at the University of Southern California So far, other top schools, including Harvard and the University of Chicago, say they don’t have formal plans to create their own programs. While the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, has offered “a handful” of hybrid or fully online versions of short electives in recent months, they’re still “experimental at this stage,” said Carla Hayn, senior associate dean for the fully employed M.B.A. and executive M.B.A. programs. 

Here’s a link to UNC Flagler Online MBA the http://onlinemba.unc.edu/

 



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