At the University of Cincinnati, Carl H. Lindner College of Business, whether you choose to do your MBA on-campus, or in the comfort of your on home, or on that two-hour train ride you have every day to and from work, you’ll learn from the same industry experts and thought leaders.
The Lindner part-time MBA program, ranked No. 66 overall in the 2018 US News & World Report ranking, jumping up 16 places from the previous year. It’s full-time MBA program ranked No. 79 among all institutes, and No. 45 among public institutions. The online MBA program checked in at No. 61 (tie).
At this AACSB-accredited College of Business, students can earn the 38-credit MBA in just one year as a full-time online student, or 18 months as a part-time student, by putting a reasonable 12 to 16 hours of work a week. This is much shorter than some of the other online MBA programs out that can take up to 30 months or more to complete, and up to 25 hours of study a week.
The cost of getting a MBA degree from Lindner College is also affordable, with an in-state part-time student paying $33,820, and an in-state full-time student paying $31,437, making the possibility of earning an MBA more attainable for most people. Out-of-state students pay $34,390 and $43,194 respectively.
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The program has a heavy emphasis on business in the healthcare sector, and students in the Lindner MBA online program can choose from concentrations in Marketing, Individual Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Finance, Healthcare Operations, and Healthcare Policy & Regulation.
Like many other programs, students at Lindner College of Business can choose to join in study abroad programs available, but the school has gone one step further to institute Global Core Requirement as one of the core courses, to prepare graduates to work internationally, or with international colleagues locally. Students must choose a course with the word “international” or “global” in the title and popular choices include International Competitiveness, Global Entrepreneurship, and Managing Across Cultures.
The online MBA program is relatively new, having started just in 2013, and has so far built an alumni of 156 graduates. The school currently has 264 students enrolled, and accepts applications six times a year, for classes that begin in August, October, January, March, May, and June. Last year, 120 students were admitted to the program, which has a 66% acceptance rate.
ONLY 7% OF APPLICANTS SUBMITTED TEST SCORES
Students can either submit their GMAT or GRE test scores with their admissions applications, and the average GMAT school of students entering in the 2017 – 2018 academic year was 643, though 93% of students who entered had their test scores waived because they met the work experience or previous education requirements. Test scores can be waived if the individual has at least three years of relevant professional experience and a 3.0 GPA from a completed Bachelor’s degree program, have seven or more years of relevant professional experience that shows advancement, graduated from a University of Cincinnati degree program less than three years ago with a 3.5 GPA or better, have an active CPA certification or terminal degree such as a PhD, an MD, or a JD. Students who had previously already completed a graduate degree in a relevant field may also apply for the waiver.
The school reported that 19% of applicants who did not submit a test score had ten or more years of work experience, and the admitted students had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.55.
Students applying also need to submit two letters of recommendations, a resume, school transcript, and a statement of purpose.
FULL SUPPORT FOR ONLINE STUDENTS
Students at Lindner College of Business have access to the schools dedicated team of career services counselors, who provide coaching on resume building, interviewing, and networking to students. They also provide job search and career placement assistance.
While many other online MBA programs tend to be equally divided between the genders, at Lindner, the number of men who are in the online MBA program is almost double the women. The men make up 63% of the current cohort, while women make up 37%. Students in the current class also come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging in age from 22 to 56, and while some come in with no work experience at all, the school shared that there were students with as many as 19 years of work experience under their belt, making the average 7.5 years of experience in the industry. This offers the possibility of robust online classroom discussions from the variety of experiences and viewpoints in each academic cohort.
“The University of Cincinnati’s dynamic and comprehensive online MBA program offers a mixture of academic, research-intensive learning combined with real-life learning experiences, teaching you to create solutions with real business impact,” said a spokesperson from the college.