The A.B. Freeman School of Business MBA: What You Need To Know
The A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University was established in 1914, with the main campus sitting in Uptown New Orleans. The Freeman School has been dedicated to preparing current and future business leaders to contribute positively to their organizations and their communities, which of course includes adapting to current national and global change.
“The world is changing rapidly, and the pandemic has only accelerated the pace of that change,” Dean Paulo Goes says. “Students today need skills that will enable them to adapt to changing roles, responsibilities and technologies over the course of their careers. The Freeman School’s emphasis on experiential learning gives students that agility to address future challenges, and our interdisciplinary programs and initiatives foster a broad perspective to help them better solve complex problems.”
As one might expect, to apply to this 21-month degree, prospective students must submit GMAT/GRE scores, essays and transcripts. With an intimate group of 40 incoming students annually, experiential learning takes on a whole new meaning especially when students collaborate with not only their fellow MBA’s, but with others undertaking joint degree programs in medicine, law, architecture, liberal arts and public health.
The 61-credit hour curriculum builds a foundation of critical business skills, provides three international business experiences, and is customizable to a variety of career paths through extensive electives courses. To break it down, the Knowledge Core accounts for 24 credits of the curriculum. In these courses, students learn business fundamentals including finance, management, operations, accounting, statistics, economics, and marketing. The Global Leadership module includes 7 credits of immersive international travel to Asia, Europe, and South America, offering hands-on experience working with senior executives from companies around the world. The remaining 30 credits consist of electives which enable students to develop their specific career interests.
Students can focus on up to two specializations offered in seven areas: entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial hospitality, real estate, and strategic management & innovation and three STEM-designated areas; analytics, energy, and finance.
Students interested in entrepreneurship have access to the Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Lepage Center has deep connections to the New Orleans entrepreneurial ecosystem and brings in industry experts to act as mentors. Many Freeman MBAs develop and launch their own startups with knowledge gained through distinctive coursework and extracurricular opportunities.