3 Benefits of Midland's Office-to-Classroom Approach

3 Benefits of Midland's Office-to-Classroom Approach
Monday, December 23, 2013

Traditional, full-time MBA programs come with high opportunity costs. Not only do full-time students lose valuable wage-earning time while in school piling up debt, they also lose critical career progression time. What’s more, they must wait years to apply what they are learning to the real world.

On the other hand, part-time programs take years longer to complete, and require in-person attendance nearly every week for two plus years, or leave students isolated in an online environment where they don’t know their classmates or professors. This makes it too easy to take time off from school, often for good.

Hybrid: A Better Option

In a hybrid MBA, students can continue progress in their careers since they are working full-time while earning their MBA. They also have the opportunity to form close bonds with students and teachers during in-person sessions, but get flexibility during online weeks. 

This model is more convenient and reduces the opportunity cost of continuing education. It also brings together a room full of working professionals with professors who are leaders in their industries and know how academic theory is most useful in the real world, which creates a powerful ‘office-to-classroom’ learning experience. 

Here are three ways Midland’s Hybrid MBA Program improves outcomes with its office-to-classroom approach:

1. You’re able to practice what you learn, while you learn.

In most traditional programs, students have to wait until they have graduated and are back in the workplace to test out theories and skills they learn while attaining their master’s degree. When taking courses and working full-time, however, students are able to apply what they are learning in real-time. This gives students the chance to see exactly how theories and skills from the classroom can actually improve their business performance.

2. Professors = practitioners.

Our office-to-classroom approach doesn’t only apply to students—it applies to professors, too. Our professors are academics who understand theory, and they're also practitioners who know how theory applies in everyday business settings—now.

That means they can draw on texts, cases, current events, and personal experiences from successful and ongoing careers in business to give students a holistic learning experience.  

As Jagdish Seth, a business professor at Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business, says, “When the rubber meets the road, reality is different than the academic concepts we teach.” Our professors understand that, which means they bring more than one perspective to class.

3. Your classmates bring their actively-growing working experience and networks to the classroom.

In this program, you’ll find yourself surrounded by many other ambitious and informed students with similar career goals to you. Each student brings valuable career insights and first-hand experiences into the classroom, connecting classroom lessons to real-world experiences. You’ll apply your newfound theories and skills not only to your own experience, but to the experiences of the professors and other students, as well.

Here at Midland University, our MBA program is set up to produce graduates with highly developed analytic and communications skills, a strong ethical foundation, and the mastery of the tools and concepts it takes to be a respected leader in the business. 

Our office-to-classroom approach helps students accomplish each of those goals while avoiding the opportunity costs of going back to school in a traditional program. What’s more, with unique perspectives brought into the program by students and professors from a range of disciplines, the overall educational experience and value is greatly improved.

We believe an MBA should accelerate your career, and that’s why we chose the hybrid format when we were building the Midland MBA. 

If you have any questions about the office-to-classroom approach used by Midland’s Hybrid MBA Program, feel free to reach out to us in the comments, on Twitter @MidlandMBA, or through our website. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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