The Fogelman College of Business and Economics’ MBA programs have experienced several changes over the last year. In addition to the launching of an integrated Graduate Programs Office that centralizes and rationalizes the operating processes for all its MBA programs, faculty and staff have built upon recent curriculum changes with alterations to program formats and new degree offerings.
Our flagship Executive MBA program, which is celebrating its 30th intake this year, has been the focus of structural changes that include the elimination of Friday classes and the offering of some courses on-line, moves intended to open up the program to those who have to work five days a week. We have also made the program more intensive and compact with a reduction in program length from 21 months to 17 months, which brings us more in line with our competitors. Marketing efforts have been renewed with additional emphasis on recruiting executives from family businesses and the health care sector.
A new Executive MBA for Health-System Pharmacy is being launched in Fall 2011 in partnership with the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. Designed to meet a national shortage in the field, this program will be offered through residency weeks and on-line courses, and is intended to draw students from across the country.
The Professional MBA program continues to grow with the introduction in Fall
2011 of a new concentration, again in conjunction with the UT College of Pharmacy, of a Pharmacy Practice Management concentration. Students enrolled in the PharmD program at the University of Tennessee may now earn a MBA concurrently from the University of Memphis. Students admitted to our college will complete the MBA core courses in addition to 15 hours of pharmacy practice management courses developed for those individuals interested in learning about managing large pharmacy operations. Elective courses are offered both at the University of Memphis and the UT College of Pharmacy.
The Customer-Driven MBA program is the nation’s only full-time, tuition-paid, corporate-sponsored MBA program with a paid internship – uniquely designed to emphasize specific industry needs. By partnering with Memphis-based corporations, including AutoZone, FedEx, International Paper, Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, and Wright Medical, the College can offer high-caliber students the opportunity to obtain an industry-centered graduate education with internships and full-time employment upon successful completion of the degree and internship.
With enrollments increasing by 11% in Fall
2011 from the previous year, and the changes outlined above, the MBA programs are well positioned to continue as the flagship offerings of the FCBE. For more information about the College’s MBA programs, please visit http://www.memphis.edu/fcbe/grad_programs.php or contact MBA Programs Manager, Brenda Williams (Tel.: 901.678.3405; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).