With its convenient location, “experienced professors,” and “low tuition,” the MBA program at Eastern Michigan University’s College of Business offers a great return on investment. “Designed for working professionals,” EMU’s courses are offered in the evenings, on the weekends, via the Internet, and through hybrid online/classroom delivery. The format is totally flexible, and students can take as little as one class per semester and up to a full course load. While balancing a career and an education can be tricky business, students say EMU “provides great support for students and overall great atmosphere of learning.”At EMU, “Most of the professors are amazing,” with close to 100 percent of the school’s faculty holding the highest degree available in their field. Students admit that, “You get a couple bad professors/classmates along the way, but there is little if anything to complain about.” Graduate class sizes average fewer than twenty, which gives students the opportunity to “work directly with professors who provide PhD-level class time, rather than having to work through a teaching assistant.” The result is a dynamic classroom environment, in which discussion is encouraged and “professors challenge you to develop your own opinions regarding global business and economies.” In addition to the professors, there is “lots of diverse work experience among the students,” adding even more depth to the academic environment. Real-world applications are stressed in the classroom, though students would like to see coursework incorporate “more up-to-date case studies” and hands-on instruction. One student suggests, “EMU needs to strengthen their program with real business partnerships where students can apply what they learn and gain real job experience.” The MBA curriculum is comprised of foundation coursework (which can be waived for students with previous education in business), core coursework, electives, and an area of specialization, which combine for a program of study between 36–34 credit hours. Catering to its diverse student body, EMU offers specializations in a variety of business fields, including e-business, entrepreneurship, internal auditing, international business, management, and nonprofit management, as well as the opportunity to pursue a general MBA with no particular specialization (in that case, students can take a range of elective coursework to meet the units required for graduation). While the program runs smoothly, students would like to see the school “upgrade technology,” as well as the infrastructure: “Stairwells, classrooms, and presentation areas sorely need updates.” College of Business classes are being relocated in late summer 2013 to accommodate planned classroom technology upgrades.
The Princeton Review