Los Angeles' Loyola Marymount University's College of Business Administration (LMU) has restructured its MBA program, according to reporting by the school newspaper which has been confirmed by the school.
The program will now be structured around a two-year timeline, rather than giving students the opportunity to extend their studies up to five years, which had been offered previously.
During the first year of the MBA, students will attend core classes in a cohort format. During the second year, students will be able to select from various elective offerings. Concentrations are available in the following areas: Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources/Organizational Behavior, Information Technology, International Business, and Marketing.
Classes will continue to be offered in the evenings, beginning at 6pm. Classes used to be offered as early as 4:30pm, but the school decided to push this back to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Additionally, an orientation session that takes place over two weekends will also be required, as will some Saturday skill development classes.
The MBA will also feature an international travel component.
The program can be started in either the fall or the spring. The fall 2015 intake will begin on August 31st. The application deadline for this intake is July 31st.
LMU is accredited by AACSB International.
In addition to the LMU program, several Southland area business schools offer MBA programs aimed at working professionals. The Fully Employed MBA program from UCLA's Anderson School of Management, for instance, offers three different night and weekend scheduling options. Likewise, the Fully Employed MBA from UC Irvine's Merage School of Business features two different weeknight scheduling options.
Other options include the Professional MBA program from Orange County-based Chapman University's Argyros School of Business and Economics, which features classes in the evening or during the day; and the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, which offers evening classes.
For more information on this and other Southland MBA programs, please see FIND MBA's article about part-time MBA programs in Southern California.