Online Programs Proliferate

THE MARKET HAS seen a flurry of business schools introducing new online degree programs to meet demand for more flexible educational options.
Online Programs Proliferate

It’s clear that online business degrees have become more rule than exception:

  • In May, Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business in Waco, Texas, launched a fully online version of its MBA program. The core content of the 12-month program will focus on ethics and values in business, and concepts will be integrated across multiple courses.
  • This fall, the College of Business and Economics at Longwood University of Farmville, Virginia, will offer a part-time online MBA focused on the commercial real estate industry. The program is expected to take students two years to complete.
  • Quinnipiac University’s School of Business in Hamden, Connecticut, introduces an online master of science in business analytics in fall 2014. The 33-credit program will include seven core courses and four electives.
  • This fall, Samford University’s Brock School of Business in Birmingham, Alabama, will offer its MBA in an online format, and the curriculum will include team-based projects. Students in the online MBA program have the option of choosing one of five concentrations in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, or marketing.
  • In fall 2014, the University of South Florida in Tampa will add two online programs to its curriculum: Proliferatea 32-credit-hour MBA with a sports concentration and a 16-hour graduate certificate in business foundations.
  • Villanova Business School in Pennsylvania will launch two online programs in fall 2014, including a master of science in analytics and master of business administration. The analytics program, which includes ten courses and a practicum project, will be delivered asynchronously. The 21-course, 48-credit online MBA will kick off with an on-campus leadership challenge and include a weeklong trip to an emerging market.
  • California State University Channel Islands (CI) will offer its first fully online degree, a bachelor of science in business, this fall. The program will be offered in partnership with Cal State Online, CSU’s distance-learning arm, and through the Smith School of Business & Economics and CI’s Extended University. Like CI’s on-campus bachelor’s degree in business, the online program integrates liberal disciplines such as biology, history, and the fine arts.