Ohio's Youngstown State University Williamson College of Business Administration has announced that it has restructured its MBA program and changed up admissions requirements for the program.
Primarily, classes now meet only one evening a week for eight weeks or less, so that the program better fits the schedules of busy working professionals.
In terms of curriculum, rather than being organized around functional areas, the classes are now structured around four main business themes: Decision making, business leadership, managing, and strategic thinking. According to the program's curriculum list, the MBA includes a strategic consulting project as part of the strategic thinking theme.
Additionally, Youngstown State has changed up the MBA program's admissions criteria. Now, full-time professionals can apply for a GMAT waiver, which is otherwise required for the program.
39 credit hours are required to complete the program, so if students take 4 credits per 8-week period, they can finish in 5 semesters. However, the program is flexible so students can take classes based on their own schedules. The MBA can be taken either in an in-class format or online. Additionally, the program is also offered in a Saturday format, which is delivered offsite.
The Williamson College of Business Administration is one of 16 business schools in Ohio that are accredited by AACSB and offer part-time or flexible MBA programs. Others include Wright State University's Raj Soin College of Business, which offers both weekend and weeknight MBA programs, and Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, which offers a part-time MBA program with classes delivered on weekends and evenings.
Youngstown State's restructured MBA program is set to launch in January 2015. An MBA info session will be held on the Youngstown State campus on July 21st. For more information about the MBA program changs or the upcoming info session, please see the Youngstown State press release announcing the changes to the MBA program.