Why UNR Online Executive MBA?
To better serve and create access for professionals, the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno has started an Online Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) in August 2011. The first cohort is strong consisting of fourteen professionals from Northern Nevada, Las Vegas, Sacramento, and San Francisco who bring extensive leadership and academic credentials to the program. The UNR.s Online EMBA builds on the existing nationally ranked part-time MBA program at UNR. Specifically, UNR’s part-time MBA is ranked #4 in the U.S. and #2 in the West by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in 2011. Bloomberg BusinessWeek is the most prestigious source for ranking of Business Schools. The courses of UNR’s Online Executive MBA are taught by the same faculty who teach in UNR’s part-time MBA. The faculty are well connected within professional circles and have national and international recognition in their areas of expertise. Nevada’s Online Executive MBA provides quality, flexibility, reputation, and cost competitiveness. Its salient features are:
- Courses are online,
- Program is cohort-based and each cohort will be completed in two years,
- Courses are taught by faculty with significant professional and academic background,
- Program meets the accreditation standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest attainable level of accreditation in business education,
- Program is entirely self-funded, and
- There is no residency and immunization requirement making the application process highly convienient.
Business leaders face increasingly complex responsibilities, demanding extensive knowledge of all functional areas of business. They must maintain and enhance their managerial and leadership capital. To advance, they must acquire new skills and broaden their management perspective.
The EMBA program will teach executive leadership by integration of knowledge, skills, and experience. The EMBA program is oriented towards managerial skills in problem identification and analysis, and application of managerial skills to discovery of alternative solutions. The UNR Online Executive MBA program encourages application of theoretical solutions to real world business problems. The objective of the program is for the graduates to acquire the following skills:
- To lead organizations,
- To apply knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances through a conceptual understanding of relevant disciplines
- To adapt and innovate to solve problems, to cope with unforeseen events, and to manage in unpredictable environments.
Obtaining the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree has many benefits: the opportunity to advance in your career, increase your salary, and to meet and develop a strong network with executives and colleagues in your industry. The Online MBA experience is both personally and professionally fulfilling and enables students to realize their career goals.
One of the biggest challenges in today’s economy is acquiring tools for career adaptation. A good Online MBA candidate should have an understanding of what “career adaptability” means — it means that they should be prepared to experience employment changes, as well as moves to different fields and areas of expertise, just to survive in today’s business environment.
Kambiz Raffiee is associate dean and director of MBAs program of College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno. For information about UNR Online Executive MBA, e-mail him at Rarfiee@unr.edu or visit the program’s website at emba.unr.edu