Midland University Graduates Fourth MBA Class, Largest in History

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Students complete the 16-month hybrid program from Midland University

Midland University awarded more than 30 MBA degrees this December. This class is the fourth group of graduates from Midland’s innovative hybrid MBA program, where students were able to complete the program in as little as 16 months.

“I am honored to welcome the latest cohort of MBA graduates into our alumni community,” Midland University President Jody Horner said. “We’re proud to help foster the growth of local business leaders.”

To reach these business leaders more directly, Midland will be opening a new location in Omaha in 2017. The Midland MBA program will be the first to make use of the space, located at 11213 Davenport St.

The Midland MBA is a natural fit for the Omaha space. The hybrid structure utilized by the program combines online and in-person class meetings, allowing students to work remotely and still form the personal connections that are vital in the business world.

“All of our students are incredibly career-focused, and nearly half have families and kids,” said Raymond Sass, Midland University’s Dean of the MBA Program. “Many thought that returning to school, even for just 16 months, would be impossible until they saw how our schedule was built specifically for them.”

This structure was an important consideration for Brianne Mathew, Class of 2016. As a busy professional, she knew she wouldn’t have time for a traditional MBA program. “[The hybrid structure] had enough space between classes that I knew, even with all of my travel, I could make it back for a Friday class once a month.”

The hybrid structure benefits students indirectly as well, as the flexibility allows the Midland MBA to pull from a national faculty pool of talent. The Class of 2016 gained valuable insight from accomplished professionals such as Avi Atholi, Senior Director of Data Management at First National Bank of Omaha.

“What you want to do is show the ability to be a good synthesizer. If you have a background in finance, learn about economics, marketing, and statistics and be able synthesize and integrate it,” Professor Atholi said. “Then you can become a creative problem solver and think two levels above where you are right now.”

 “The caliber of the faculty our program attracts is a huge point of pride,” said Sass. “Their ability to teach students from their own highly successful industry experience, coupled with a robust understanding of academic theory, is a clear differentiator for us.”

This real-world application and synthesis is reflected throughout the program. As a final step before graduation, students complete consulting projects of value to companies across the country or the world. This year’s graduates completed projects at First National Bank, Union Pacific Railroad, and the Kiewit Corporation, among others.

As these graduates enter the rapidly growing Midland MBA alumni community, they will be able to take advantage of unique opportunities. All alumni of the Midland MBA are offered the chance to return for electives tuition-free thanks to Midland’s MBA for Life program. Launched in the summer of 2016, this unique opportunity allows all Midland MBA alumni to take additional elective courses to help them continue to develop new skills five, ten, or twenty years down the line.

This cohort will be honored at the Midland University Commencement Ceremony in May. The next 16-month hybrid MBA program at Midland University starts in August with options to start every ten weeks throughout the year. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Midland University MBA office at Admissions@MBA.MidlandU.edu for more details or visit MBA.MidlandU.edu.