UConn’s flagship full-time MBA is a relatively small program with an attractive return-on-investment. The school’s part-time students outnumber the full-timers by eight to one, with total full-time enrollment at 106 versus part-time enrollment of 827.
It takes full-timers two years to complete. The school’s interdisciplinary MBA curriculum leverages traditional academic instruction with unique learning accelerators successfully closing the gap between theory and practice. Essential to UConn’s MBA Program curriculum is what it calls innovative experiential learning accelerators, which includes the GE/UConn Edge Lab, SS&C Technologies Financial Accelerator, Innovation Accelerator, and a $2 million student-managed fund.
Year one of the program follows a lock-step format in which all students go through the core curriculum together – no exceptions. The first year curriculum guarantees a core set of knowledge for every UConn MBA student. The first year core curriculum covers fundamentals across all business disciplines
In the spring of year one, MBA students develop an Individualized Plan of Study that consists of 8 courses (24 credits). After fulfilling the summer Internship milestone, MBA students continue with year 2, pursuing the customized plan of study. UConn MBA students take a total of 57 credits (19 three-credit courses) in the program.
Rankings Analysis: UConn’s School of Business began getting serious media attention when it scored extremely well in Forbes’ rankings measuring return-on-investment. In the latest Forbes’ survey, the school ranked 37th in delivering superior returns to its full-time MBA graduates, much better than many other top business schools, including Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Forbes estimates it takes just 3.5 years to achieve payback on a UConn MBA. That’s a month or two less than Wharton, Columbia, or Dartmouth.
On U.S. News’ ranking, which more broadly measures a school’s quality on a variety of statistics including average GMAT scores and job placement rates, UConn placed 61 on the latest list, up from 79 a year earlier. So its Poets&Quants composite ranking is expected to improve when P&Q totes up the latest numbers at the end of the end of 2012.