For Philly professionals, the Villanova MBA is a smart choice, providing “solid academic rigor while allowing a degree of flexibility needed for working professionals.” Widely known as the “best part-time program offered in the area,” the MBA is offered on two urban campuses and in two distinct formats. Busy students with demanding jobs will appreciate the Flex MBA, which can be started any semester and allows students to complete coursework in three to five years of study. In the Flex MBA, “You can really move at your own pace based on work/life balance, financial readiness, and learning style.” Those looking for maximum efficiency will likely prefer the cohort-based Fast Track program, which allows you to complete the MBA in two years while maintaining full-time employment. In addition to praising the speedy degree, Fast Track students say “the cohort environment is incredibly beneficial with regards to networking.” For students in either track, the MBA begins with core coursework, including accounting, economics, and management. After completing the core, students choose electives from a “large variety of course offerings,” and have the option of tailoring their degree by pursuing a specialization in finance, health care management, international business, corporate management, or marketing, or by pursuing a real-estate concentration through the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate. “Elective courses are outstanding,” and include special “opportunities for international travel and learning” through the overseas programs; recent trips have taken students to business capitals like Dubai and Milan. Villanova doesn’t stop there: In addition to coursework, students must complete a consulting project with a local nonprofit company, and another with a global corporation. (Note that “the Fast Track curriculum includes a one-week international trip” as a part of the Strategic Management for Global Organizations class, though overseas programs are optional for Flex Track students.) Finally, “The Leadership Development classes that bookend the program are especially valuable in group work and networking for MBA students.” The faculty comprises both academics and career professionals, so “Some core courses have more academic-oriented professors while some have professors with substantial work experience.” While students might prefer one type of professor to the other, all agree that it’s “a good balance” among the faculty. Just as important, most professors are accessible, friendly, and “really want to help students maximize their potential.” A student adds, “So far, I have nothing but good things to say about the teaching quality at Villanova. I’ve never had a problem reaching a teacher outside of class, and I’ve never had a professor that I didn’t understand.” That said, The Villanova curriculum was recently revamped, and students mention that, “There have definitely been some serious kinks in the administrative side of the program.” Fortunately, “the staff encourages and actually listens to student feedback,” so problems rarely persist.
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