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PROFESSOR AT WORK — Giovanni Fernandez, Ph.D., teaches a class of Stetson University graduate students.

Stetson University’s School of Business Administration Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has undergone a comprehensive redesign that allows unprecedented flexibility, personalization and program accessibility for students with differing lifestyles.

Three major curriculum changes taking effect for the fall 2019 semester help students intentionally plan a personalized course of study that will translate into success in the real world.

“The transformation of the MBA program addresses two very critical student needs,” explained Giovanni Fernandez, Ph.D., executive director of graduate programs and associate professor of finance. “First, a majority of our students are working full time while taking classes, so an online format is essential for their busy lifestyle. Shifting to this model of delivery also allows students with different learning styles the ability to shape the courses to their own mode of learning, promoting a successful experience for each student.”

The most significant change is tied to the recognition that many students who pursue an MBA do not have an undergraduate business degree. Instead of going back to school for the undergraduate degree, these students are able to begin their MBA experience by taking two foundation courses designed to prepare students of all backgrounds with both the business acumen and graduate-level rigor needed to succeed in the 36-credit-hour MBA program.

Following completion of the foundation classes, students dive into their core MBA courses and more elective offerings, giving them the ability to focus their program of study in the areas they are most interested in.

The redesign also broke the course into two, eight-week terms per semester, giving students flexibility to respond to life’s demands. This is particularly useful for working professionals who in the past may have had to take a break from school for work commitments.

In addition, the coursework will now be 100-percent online with a combination of prerecorded lectures and live online sessions.

“This redesign of the MBA is an important step in enhancing the accessibility of Stetson’s business graduate programs to meet the goals of students in Central Florida and beyond who want to build their business acumen,” said Neal Mero, Ph.D., dean and professor of management in Stetson’s School of Business Administration. “We are thrilled to add this online option for pursuing an MBA to our portfolio of graduate programs, and believe these students will experience the superb business education for which our business school has been known for well over a century.”

The redesigned MBA program will be offered to both full-time and part-time students.

The Stetson University School of Business Administration offers several distinct graduate programs for students looking to expand their career opportunities in the business world. In addition, Stetson’s hybrid MBA is being restructured and is expected to relaunch in spring 2020.