University of Rhode Island MBA programs
retooled to meet challenges at turn of century
KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 9, 2000 -- Just as the turn of the century
has focused people's attention on new ways of doing business, it has prompted
the University of Rhode Island to retool its master of business administration
degrees to offer more choice, a greater commitment to global education and
URI's College of Business Administration offers three distinct MBAs:
the Executive MBA (EMBA) offered at the University's W. Alton Jones Campus
in West Greenwich, the full-time Kingston MBA offered on the
main campus and the part-time Providence MBA offered at URI's Feinstein
College of Continuing Education at night.
Two major changes are being implemented in the Executive MBA program.
Denise Early, associate director of the EMBA program, said one of the
additions to the program is a week-long trip in the spring to Germany, Switzerland
"Students requested spending time in Europe as part of the course
because they are dealing with global issues in their companies," Early
The students will visit a different European company every day, including
Swissaire, BMW, and Siemens.
"Students will attend lectures on strategies from high level managers,"
This year and next, the trip is optional, but when this year's class
enrolls, the trip will be included in the program and tuition costs. Of
the 22 students in the program this year, two thirds are going on the trip.
Three professors are making the trip as well. Lisa Hadzekyriakides, MBA
coordinator said, "This trip is one of several recent changes made
in our MBA curriculum as we respond to changing markets. For example, when
the EMBA program was first created, students entering the program needed
training in computer and math skills. Students applying to the program
today already possess those skills so we made them pre-requisites to entry
rather than a part of the program."
"Making market-driven changes to our curriculum has enabled as to
reduce the EMBA program from 22 months to 18 months without denigrating
its content," agreed Early.
Each August at the start of the EMBA program, a class of 20 to 25 experienced
professionals begins the intensive 18-month learning experience with a week-in-residence
at the Alton Jones Campus. The residency program continues with alternate
Friday/Saturday sessions throughout the year, with classes beginning on
Friday afternoon at 1 and concluding at 6 p.m. on Saturday.
URI's College of Business Administration has also redesigned the full-time
Kingston program from a two-year program to a one-year program. Classes
start the last week in August and end the following July. What accounts
for the time difference? Like the EMBA program, the computer and math requirements
are no longer part of the course work. In addition, students are now required
to complete both semesters of summer sessions. Students also once concentrated
in one area, such as finance or marketing, but that approach has been replaced
with an internship and directed study that focus on companies and industries
of interest to the student.
"The redesigned program is more competitive overall and more attractive
to young professionals," said Deborah Rosen, URI associate professor
of marketing and director of the Kingston MBA program.
"While starting salaries for undergraduates in fields such as engineering,
pharmacy, and nursing are hitting record highs, the MBA still offers a big
boost for advancing beyond the entry level position."
Hadzekyriakides said the College has developed a joint MBA with the College
of Pharmacy in which students will be able to transfer credits within each
discipline whether they choose to enter the one-year program or the part-time
The part-time MBA program held at the Providence location is currently
the largest of the three programs, with enrollment at around 200 students.
"We are currently working on strengthening our electives through possible
weekend and distance learning electives" said Hadzekyriakides.
She went on to say, "Most business schools offer only one or two
MBA programs. The three different programs are all about giving students
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