Making the Move to a Hybrid MBA

making the move to a hybrid mba
Friday, January 17, 2014

“It’s a different experience when you’re communicating with someone you’ve met face to face. You have a context for the thoughts and ideas they’re sharing online.”

That’s what Keith Burrows, 40, said about his graduate program at Boston Architectural College after deciding to switch from a traditional online program to their new hybrid program.

Burrows is not alone. Joe Lane chose Babson’s hybrid MBA because the program is designed to “advance, retool, or change careers without having to uproot families or quit jobs.”

UCLA’s Dean of the Anderson school of business, Judy Olian, discussed their decision to take their MBA curriculum partially online saying, “This is about enabling a first-class learning experience for those who can’t follow the standard schedule.” 

UCLA and Babson are just two of many schools bridging the gap between online and on-campus MBA programs, giving students both a flexible online schedule and the face-to-face network that “cannot be fully replicated online.” From Babson, to Carnegie Mellon, to Duke, top schools all across the country are finally starting to realize that education—even the long-standing MBA—needs to continue to align with the ways that professionals are adapting to the changing world.

What all of the schools making the move towards hybrid MBA programs realize—ourselves included—is that education needs to be in line with how we already live, work, and even play. We all live our lives in a hybrid way, splitting time between in-person and online interaction, so why not take advantage of an educational model that works best with how we normally operate?

Here at Midland, we understand the value of combining the best of both worlds. Many professionals today need the flexibility that an online program offers, but want the in-person interaction that just doesn’t exist within an all-online program. We’ve intentionally positioned ourselves within the shifting business education space, joining many other schools who realize the same thing.

We recognize that flexibility is one of the greatest assets of any hybrid program. At Midland, online sessions happen weekly, but so long as you stay on schedule, you’re free to digest them at your own pace each week. In-person sessions happen every third week of the program, so you can get together with other professionals in the program to address harder-hitting questions that can be tough to digest online. Hybrid MBA programs are one of the most effective ways for people to advance their careers at a time when it’s important to do so, and our program at Midland gives busy professionals the opportunity to earn their MBA in the midst of today’s ever-changing world.

Whether you’re an engineer looking for an MBA to help get funding for your startup, or an employee of a global company seeking an MBA to help advance your chances of landing an overseas assignment, hybrid MBAs like those offered here at Midland give you the flexibility you need, along with the in-person networking connections that are essential to your professional development.

If you’d like to learn more about Midland University’s hybrid MBA program and how it can help you advance your career, get in touch with us in the comments or on Twitter @MidlandMBA. We’re also having an online information session at noon on January 29th, so feel free to sign up if you’re looking for more information about our program.  

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Photo credit: UCLA Anderson

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