New program set to attract current and former NFL players

The University of Miami's School of Business Administration is set to launch a new Executive MBA program, which is aimed at athletes and artists.

The program is designed with NFL players specifically in mind. The new EMBA "will equip current and former NFL players, as well as other athletes and artists, with the new knowledge and business skills they need to continue their personal and professional success.” said the school's dean, Gene Anderson.

In fact, the EMBA expressly caters to current NFL players, with classes held during the league's off-season. It launches in February, and consists of six two-week residency modules at the school’s campus in Coral Gables. The total program length is 18 months.

Florida is home to three NFL teams: the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Miami Dolphins, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The EMBA program will features the same curriculum as the school's existing Global Executive MBA program. It will help students leverage their personal brands into business and social achievement, according to a statement from the school.

The University of Miami offers several other specialized EMBA programs, including an EMBA in Health Sector Management and Policy, as well as the Spanish-language Global Executive MBA.

In the past few years, Florida has become a hub for MBA programs in sport management. Another Florida-based business school, the University of South Florida, announced in 2012 that it would launch an MBA program in Sport and Entertainment Management through a partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning, an NHL team. 

Additionally, the Boca Raton-based Florida Atlantic University College of Business offers a specialized full-time MBA program in sport management, which is geared towards helping grads land management-level jobs in sports clubs. Other schools, such as the University of Florida's Warrington's College of Business Administration and the University of North Florida's Coggin College of Business, offer sport management specializations as part of their full-time MBA programs.

For more information about the University of Miami's new program, please see the press release announcing the launch of the Executive MBA for Athletes and Artists.

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