Small group of students will complete degrees on campus together in just one year.
Plymouth State University (PSU) recently launched the state’s most affordable in-person Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, in which a group of students will complete their degrees together in just one year. The full-time, on-campus graduate program caters to those looking to engage with their professors and fellow students in a small class setting. It also gives students the opportunity to pursue advanced business degrees even if they did not study business in their undergraduate coursework. The program is currently structured to serve a cohort of 25 students, with plans to scale the program to accommodate more students in the future.
The first cohort of graduate students began the MBA program in July 2019, and will attend classes together on campus two to four times per week until the program concludes in May 2020.
PSU has more than 40 years of experience with MBA programs. While the MBA program originally involved in-person coursework, it later evolved into a program that was offered online. Ranked by TheBestMastersDegrees.com as one of the top 20 “Best Value” MBA programs in the United States, PSU’s online program has graduated nearly 1,000 students over the past decade.
“We used feedback collected from our current students, prospective students and alumni to create our new cohort MBA program,” said Donald Birx, President, Plymouth State University. “Students want to build a community in their classroom and explore business concepts with others from varied backgrounds. Our cohort program gives our students a unique sense of belonging and helps them develop relationships that will serve them after they graduate.”
The PSU cohort MBA program includes courses focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and applied projects to prepare students to be successful business leaders.
Fifty prospective students applied for admission to PSU’s inaugural on-campus MBA cohort. The program was capped at 25 students in its inaugural year to ensure that all students will have opportunities to work closely with faculty members and with each other.
Students who did not study business prior to enrolling in the program began by taking two cornerstone courses online in May and June 2019, giving them foundational knowledge to help them successfully complete the program. The full class came together at PSU later in July to begin its rigorous coursework, participating in six in-person classes, two online classes and two classes that combine in-person and online coursework.
“One of the biggest benefits of PSU’s new program is that I can ask my professors questions in person, in class,” said current MBA candidate Rachel Muzio. “Having frequent, in-person classes makes learning the various concepts easier for me and helps me to understand the material in greater detail.”
PSU is currently accepting applications for the next MBA cohort. Applications are due by April 15, 2020. For additional information about the program and to apply, visit www.plymouth.edu/inquire.