In as little as 18 months, 42 credits can be satisfied completely online to earn the Corporate MBA degree from Florida International University. The FIU Chapman Graduate School of Business online MBA is listed by Financial Times as the 13th top online program in the world.
The curriculum consists of 14 total classes — all core. Students can also choose from six in-demand concentrations and exchange two of the core classes for two electives within their chosen area of study. FIU’s six concentration options are Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, International Business, Marketing Channel Strategy, Strategic Negotiations, and Business Analytics.
The FIU Corporate MBA also involves three Professional Development Seminars which students must take within their first quarter in order to graduate. The Work Preference Indicator Assessment, Presentation Skills Seminar, and Career Services Seminar are not worth any credit hours, but required to help students learn and assess their job preferences, gain public speaking skills, and implement their personal career goals.
Classes in the program are eight weeks each and completely asynchronous. Students attend recorded lectures on their own time and complete assigned coursework according to instructors’ weekly deadlines. On average, applicants can expect 10-12 hours per week that’s dedicated to their online MBA work. The school says in many cases, online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach face-to-face courses at FIU, yet some courses are taught by professionals from the business community who are experts in their field.
At FIU, the school provides three tracks for students to choose from based on how much flexibility they feel they’ll need to successfully complete the degree requirements. Applicants seeking a non-accelerated pace, can take one class per quarter by signing up for Track A. Students on this track will complete the required 14 classes in just under three years (two years and nine months). The second option is for students seeking flexibility to take courses based on their schedule. With this Track B option, students begin with one course, take two the next quarter and complete in approximately one year and nine months. Finally, Track C is for students seeking to complete and graduate the program as quickly as possible. Two courses per quarter are taken and offers the quickest speed to completion at just 18 months.
Whatever the track, students have the opportunity to communicate with professors and peers through discussion boards, chats, and emails. They benefit from extended support throughout the duration of the program, with online e-advising and e-tutoring for any questions related to the program. FIU also equips each student with an academic coach to help them stay on track and meet their goals.
To complete FIU’s Corporate MBA online will cost students a total of $42,000, but applicants should be aware of scholarship opportunities the institution offers to discount that fee by as much as $10,000. The first is a $10,000 merit scholarship available to applicants with a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and four years of professional work experience. The second is an affiliate partner scholarship wherein applicants should contact the school to find out if their employer is an affiliate partner, making them eligible to receive assistance.The final scholarship opportunity is a military scholarship for not only veterans and active members of the military, but military family members are included as well.
According to the program’s website, FIU is working diligently to remove the financial barriers that prevent access to higher education by offering affordable degree programs and providing sound financing options. Tuition, the site says, is structured to give students the best value and flexibility.
New class enrollments into FIU’s online MBA happens three times a year, twice in the spring (January and March) and once in the Fall (October). An undergraduate degree is required, but the GMAT or GRE entrance exams are not if an applicant has at least four years of demonstrated work experience. Without entrance exams scores, students will need at least two years of work experience to be considered for enrollment.