Flex MBA to Offer More Options for Working Professionals
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is adding greater flexibility to its part-time MBA with innovations in the use of technology, delivery of courses, and adjustable duration to ensure working professionals can better balance their career commitments with their personal commitments. The new Flex MBA is the evolution of the school’s Evening MBA. Applications are now open for the program, which will begin in the fall of 2019.
“At Georgetown, we value cura personalis, or care for the whole person. It’s important to us that students can concurrently gain an education, advance their careers, and remain connected to family and friends,” said Prashant Malaviya, senior associate dean for MBA programs. “There is more than one way to successfully deliver an MBA program. By adding flexibility to our MBA format while retaining our close-knit cohort community, high-quality education, and signature learning experiences, we ensure that our students co-create the program that is the right fit for them.”
The new Flex MBA is a continuation of the school’s highly regarded Evening MBA offering, which has been one of the nation’s premier part-time MBA programs since 2005. It will retain its commitment to a cohort format and an identical curriculum to the school’s highly ranked Full-time MBA, including the foundational Structure of Global Industries course in the opening term and the capstone Global Business Experience consulting project.
The program’s flexibility comes from three new features. First, the school is infusing innovations in the use of technology to adapt several electives into a hybrid format, with on-campus class sessions supplemented with virtual ones. These courses allow for less travel time to and from campus and provide a way for students who travel for work, have a long commute, or have other personal and professional obligations to continue to participate in their classes in a more flexible delivery method.
Second, the program will offer a more flexible schedule for delivery of its courses, with select electives now offered on Saturdays to ease students’ weekday commitments and commute time. There also will be more times during the course of the program when one- and two-week-long Intensive Learning Experience (ILE) courses are available to part-time students.
Third, while the traditional timeline to complete the program is three years, the program can now potentially be completed in as little as 28 months or as long as five years. For students who have completed prior graduate coursework, they can request approval to transfer up to 12 credit hours into the program to shorten the duration required to complete the degree.
“Our new Flex MBA is a reflection of market research and feedback we’ve received from prospective students,” said Shelly Heinrich, interim associate dean for MBA Admissions. “The need for greater flexibility often comes from work responsibilities that vary in intensity through the year, impending military deployments or changes in duty station, the desire to complete a degree while balancing demands of raising a family, and budget constraints. The Flex MBA meets these needs so our students can focus on what’s most important to them.”