Darden | Mr. Corporate Dev
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Equity To IB
GMAT 730, GPA 3.6
Cornell Johnson | Mr. SAP SD Analyst
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
Kellogg | Ms. Public School Teacher
GRE 325, GPA 3.93
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Military MedTech
GRE 310, GPA 3.48
Stanford GSB | Mr. Latino Healthcare
GRE 310, GPA 3.4
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Army Officer
GRE 325, GPA 3.9
INSEAD | Mr. Future In FANG
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Aspiring Leader
GMAT 750, GPA 3.38
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Advisory Consultant
GRE 330, GPA 2.25
INSEAD | Mr. Marketing Master
GRE 316, GPA 3.8
Darden | Ms. Marketing Analyst
GMAT 710, GPA 3.75
Harvard | Mr. Hedge Fund
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Deferred MBA
GMAT 760, GPA 3.82
Stanford GSB | Mr. Robotics
GMAT 730, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Yale | Mr. Army Pilot
GMAT 650, GPA 2.90
Kellogg | Mr. Double Whammy
GMAT 730, GPA 7.1/10
INSEAD | Mr. Tesla Manager
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Tech To MBB
GMAT 710, GPA 2.4
INSEAD | Ms. Investment Officer
GMAT Not taken, GPA 16/20 (French scale)
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Startup Of You
GMAT 770, GPA 2.4
Kellogg | Mr. Hopeful Admit
GMAT Waived, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
GMAT -, GPA 2.9

Villanova To Enter Fast Growing Online MBA Market

Three months after gaining a $50 million gift from an alumnus and his wife, Villanova University’s School of Business announced today (Jan. 30) that it would enter the online MBA market.

The program, to be taught with the university’s same part-time MBA curriculum by the same faculty, will launch this fall at a cost of about $60,000. At that price point, Villanova’s program will cost twice as much as the least expensive online program offered by a U.S. business school ranked in the Top 100–Auburn University which has priced its program at just $27,000–and half as much as the most expensive online program by a highly ranked school–Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School whose online MBA costs $118,000.

Villanova thus joins a growing number of business schools that are launching online versions of their MBA degree programs. Earlier this month, the University of Maryland’s Smith School took in its inaugural online cohort of 19 students. The Smith Online MBA program expects to take in four cohorts annually. Smith’s 21-month program has a $80,0000 price tag.

Villanova said its online MBA will feature a three-day leadership challenge on-campus that kicks off the program as well as a one-week immersion trip to an emerging market country, which is part of the school’s capstone Global Consulting Practicum.

Most of the program will be asynchronous—meaning the classes can be taken at any time because they are archived online. The 48 credits required to complete the program can be wrapped up in as little as two years.

Villanova also said it would launch an online master of science in analytics program in the fall as well. The program will teach students the whole analytics continuum, from data collection to analysis to implementation.

Both programs come in the aftermath of a $50 million commitment made last October by alumnus James C. Davis ’81 VSB and his wife, Kim. It is the largest-ever gift to Villanova University,


About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.