The online MBA at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s Manning School of Business offers an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to business education.
“Being a business school in a STEM-based university, we take pride in interdisciplinary collaboration across the campus,” Sandra Richtermeyer, Dean of the Manning School of Business, says. “Our students interact in a variety of ways with students in the sciences, engineering, health sciences, arts, and humanities.”
The online MBA at Manning consists of 42 total credits, with 6 required foundations courses, 7 required MBA core courses, and 3 required MBA electives. If students have already fulfilled foundations course as part of their undergraduate studies, the program only requires 30 credits to be completed.
On average, students take 2.8 years to complete the online MBA.
Concentrations available to online MBAs include: Accounting, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare, Information Technology, International Business, Managerial Leadership and Marketing.
UMass Lowell prides itself in is its interdisciplinary approach to business education.
As a STEM-focused university, the school offers a number of opportunities for online MBAs to immerse themselves in emerging global industries such as technology and biotech.
One of those opportunities is the dual degree MBA program. A new program between the UMass Medical School and UMass Lowell, the dual degree MBA program allows students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and the Graduate School of Nursing to complete an MBA while completing UMMS coursework and graduating on time.
“Basically, we created a path to integrate the MBA for medical students,” Richtermeyer says.
Another example of the interdisciplinary approach at UMass Lowell is how it prepares students for emerging tech jobs.
The university has partnered with Salesforce to train students through Trailhead, an online learning platform that teaches in-demand Salesforce skills. It’s an innovative way to prepare business students with the skills that modern global companies demand.
“What we’ve done is brought [Trailhead] into our MBA curriculum and students in the marketing courses or in the IT courses have the opportunity to earn Salesforce badges,” Richtermeyer says. “The employers love it. They love that we can prepare students who are familiar with Salesforce as a platform and are ready to go with the skillset.”
GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE
The online MBA at UMass Lowell emphasizes a global entrepreneurial learning experience.
The Global Entrepreneurship Exchange (GE2) is a strategic program within the Manning School of Business that allows students to take part in a two-week immersion in entrepreneurship and innovation.
Online MBAs can go abroad to either India or China to take an accelerated, 3-credit elective course during the Winter or Summer terms and learn a variety of entrepreneurial skills from design thinking to digital marketing.
“It gives students an immersive experiential approach to how they can gain entrepreneurial skills to help them launch their careers whether they go to a small business or a big company,” Richtermeyer says.
It’s another way UMass Lowell offers a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to the modern MBA.
“Interdisciplinary collaboration is a key element of our program,” Richtermeyer says. “We’re not a business schools that’s on an island by itself. We consistently look for opportunities to expand and collaborate.”