Just three short months after the Graziadio School’s Online MBA program launched, students are giving it rave reviews.
According to David Smith, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, eleven women and eleven men are part of the inaugural class, which includes students from five states and a military officer stationed in Japan. One weekend in January, seventeen members of the first cohort of students met in Malibu for the Fully Employed MBA program’s perennial Personal and Leadership Development Workshop. The workshop allowed students to meet face-to-face with faculty and each other to find support and develop partnerships as they continue their MBA journey.
Jennifer Pham, a staff accountant with Gaikai, a Sony Computer Entertainment company and current Online MBA student, said the workshop was a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow students and professors. “I feel more comfortable talking to my cohort members online now that I can put a face to their names. There is more cohesion and trust after the workshop.” Continue reading
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“Students more than ever want flexibility and convenience,” said Associate Dean David Smith in an article on OnlineMBA.com. “This online framework increased the flexibility of when students can take classes. That’s what drove us to explore this space.”
“I think the dean at every business school has on their minds what their digital strategy is going to be in the next five to 10 years,” he said. “In the graduate business school market, there’s a lot of movement from these quality schools into this space. I think every school needs to have a strategy about what they are going to do with online.”
LOS ANGELES — The Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University will offer an online master in business administration program for working professionals, announced Dean Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. The Online Fully Employed MBA will be an option alongside the school’s existing portfolio of traditional on-campus part-time evening and weekend MBA program offerings.
“Online students will receive a MBA at a fully accredited, internationally recognized business school with more than 40 years of experience delivering education focused on responsible business practice that is values-centered, global in orientation and entrepreneurial in spirit,” said Dr. Livingstone. “The Online Fully Employed MBA is an appropriate option for the professional who seeks a superior learning experience in a manageable period of time that minimizes the impact on work and home life schedules.”
The Graziadio School is currently accepting applications for its first class, which is scheduled to start in January 2013. Continue reading