New Online Business Degrees Reach the Market

Two programs will require in-person immersions.

To reach students seeking flexible degree formats, three schools have introduced new online degree options to the market.

In April, the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford in Connecticut announced its launch of a master of science in management (MSM) program designed for working professionals without formal business education. Delivered fully online, the 30-credit, part-time MSM has three intakes throughout the year and requires less than two years for students to complete. In addition to foundational business knowledge, the program emphasizes areas such as negotiation and conflict resolution, leadership and organizational behavior, innovation management, and business communications.

Two other schools have partnered with the online educational platform 2U Inc. to create flexible online MBA programs. The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in Colorado has created MBA@Denver. Students in its program will meet with faculty weekly in live online classes and will access interactive course content online.

The University of Dayton School of Business Administration in Ohio has begun accepting applications to its new online program, MBA@Dayton, which offers two options. The first, a 48-credit general MBA, targets individuals with limited business backgrounds. The second, a 30-credit Advanced Standing MBA, targets those who have recently earned undergraduate degrees in business. Students with significant work experience might be eligible to have their previous experience count as credit toward the Advanced Standing MBA, allowing them to complete the program in as little as one year.

Both MBA@Denver and MBA@Dayton will require in-person immersion experiences, in which students will have opportunities to interact with other students, faculty, and members of the business community. MBA@Dayton, which includes immersions on the Dayton campus as well as in other U.S. cities, will welcome its first cohort in October. MBA@Denver will launch in 2018.