VCU School of Business launches online MBA

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business launched an online offering of its MBA program this fall. The first cohort of students begin their program today. The VCU Online MBA program offers the same world-class faculty and the same rigorous core curriculum as the ranked conventional evening MBA program, but with the added benefit of a convenient online format.

“The online MBA format is an exciting and epic opportunity for both students and VCU. Individuals who previously could not enroll in VCU’s highly regarded MBA due to time and location constraints can now do so,” said Ken Kahn, Ph.D., interim dean of the VCU School of Business, who will also be teaching a course on creativity and innovation as part of the program.

Each semester, students will take two three-credit courses and a one-credit contemporary issues course such as cybersecurity, globalization, risk management or entrepreneurship. Additionally, the two-year program requires three weekend on-campus residencies, which will expose students to professional development and networking resources, as well as allow time to collaborate with fellow students and faculty. The format is both synchronous and asynchronous — offering a synchronous video conference one night a week, in addition to online content.

“The online MBA program is a high-quality offering, incorporating global best practices in online pedagogy and offering students all the resources available at VCU to traditional students, but in a unique online format,” said Jayaraman Vijayakumar, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate programs at the School of Business.

All VCU MBA programs are accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency. Being AACSB-accredited means a business school is able to continuously pass a strict set of standards that ensure quality. Fewer than 5 percent of the more than 13,000 business schools in the world have earned AACSB accreditation.

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