The Simon School‘s Executive M.B.A. Program is becoming more flexible. Based on feedback from alumni, corporate sponsors and students, Simon is introducing major changes to its rigorous top-ranked E.M.B.A. program in Rochester, N.Y.
Starting in September 2007 (incoming Class of 2009), changes will include: a new alternating week format (every other Friday/Saturday instead of every Friday); a 19-month completion option (usual program length of 22 months); adding a capstone business plan course to enhance the entrepreneurial nature of the program; offering two electives during the second year of study; and continuing to offer two more electives tuition-free after graduation enabling student to specialize in a particular area of study (e.g., marketing, entrepreneurship, computers and information systems, strategy or health sciences management).
The changes are good news for prospective students who might not otherwise have been able to consider a Simon E.M.B.A. due to challenging work and family schedules. Sponsoring companies seem to like the changes as well.
"From an employer’s perspective, we are very pleased with the changes to the Simon School’s Executive M.B.A. Program," says Sarah J. Craig, vice president of human resources and administration at Fisher-Price, based in Buffalo, N.Y. "We encourage our employees to further their education through our generous tuition reimbursement program, but the every Friday format for two years may have prevented some of our people from attending. The more flexible format and shorter completion option will enable more busy working professionals to consider pursuing a Simon E.M.B.A. than ever before."
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