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Experiential learning and customization drive Jenkins MBA program updates


The Jenkins MBA Program is excited to announce significant academic updates that enhance experiential learning, leadership development and customization of the Jenkins MBA Think and Do experience.  All changes will be effective for the fall 2016 semester, and some details are still being finalized.

The changes impact the curriculum for all MBA programs — Full-time, Professional Evening and Professional Online.

This video highlights the upcoming changes, as do the points below.

Improved Foundation

We accelerated the Core Curriculum so students can spend more time focused on deeper-level elective courses.

We reorganized the Core courses into three blocks to maximize faculty collaboration and the application of foundational business concepts:

  • Finance and Markets
  • Analyzing the Value Chain
  • Managing the Organization

Enhanced Experiential Learning

All students must complete a practicum course, providing a real business challenge. Virtual practicum courses will be offered for online students.

Deeper Analytical and Critical Thinking Skills Development

All students will complete at least one advanced quantitative course to ensure Jenkins MBA graduates master a level of analytical and quantitative skill demanded by industry.

All students will complete a one-credit hour course dedicated to critical thinking, which increases the overall credit hour requirement for Professional Evening and Online MBA students from 39 to 40 and Full-time MBA students from 54 to 55.

Additional Changes for Professional Students

We added a residency, so Professional Evening and Online MBA students will complete two three-day residencies over the course of the program to enhance networking and enable hands-on leadership development. Both residencies are delivered over a Thursday-Saturday in Raleigh, NC.

Professional Evening and Online MBA students will complete a depth requirement, consisting of six credit hours dedicated to a specific area of study. Full-time MBA students will still be required to complete a concentration.

These changes are significant, but the benefits are many. Most importantly, these changes reflect the needs of industry, particularly among MBA recruiters.

Now, that’s what we call Think and do.