Villanova University’s School of Business is one of the few prominent business schools in the country without a traditional full-time two-year MBA program. The good news for the other programs — like the part-time MBA, executive MBA, and online MBA — is they get the majority of the attention and resources and are not overshadowed by a full-time program, which is the case at most B-schools at a similar caliber.
“We cater towards working professionals,” Joyce Russell, the dean of Villanova’s School of Business said in an interview with Poets&Quants last year. “If you have a full-time MBA, you spend so many resources focusing on a shrinking population.”
Rooted in a Jesuit tradition, all programs at the Villanova School of Business take a mission-based approach.
“You are training people to be really successful academically and it has a really strong academic program,” Russell, who is the school’s first woman dean, said. “It’s not just about your own success and individual’s success — we train them to do that — but it is also about what you give back to society and the world. It’s very mission-driven, which is great.”
PROGRAM CAN BE COMPLETED IN TWO YEARS
Villanova’s 48 credit hour online program was created in the same vein as its part-time MBA program and can be completed in as few as two-years. The traditional timetable for the 21-course program is six semesters, or about three years. An accredited program, students may pick between the five focus areas of Finance, Marketing, Analytics, Strategic Management, and International Business. While the program is an online one, students are invited to a Leadership Challenge campus residency during the first or second semester. Hands-on learning and collaboration have been intentionally baked into the program, the school says. “Meeting other students in person, working closely with them on team projects and getting to know the faculty truly gives you a sense of the Villanova community — and your role in it,” the school’s website says.
After the Leadership Challenge and MBA Primer, students begin the six foundational core courses which include courses like Analyzing and Leveraging Data, Strategic Marketing Management, and Corporate Finance, among others. Students then move to the four “VSB Pillars” courses before moving into the three final capstone courses. Along the way, students are expected to take 15 hours worth of elective credits where they may choose to focus on one of the five focus areas. A weeklong global immersion is offered for all students during the capstone. Highlighting the midpoint of the program is the Social Enterprise Consulting Practicum where students work in teams to assist an organization doing good in the community.
GMAT AND GRE SCORES REQUIRED
Applicants are required to complete the online application, which includes two essays, transcripts, two recommendations, a GMAT or GRE score and English language testing scores for international applicants. Students are admitted for Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.
At around $64,000, the tuition and fees are typical to most programs at a similar quality. For those seeking an MBA with a mission-driven and Jesuit approach, the Villanova School of Business should be at the top of the list.