Who’s Teaching Your Online Executive MBA?

When choosing an MBA or an Executive MBA program there are many factors you are likely to consider.  Schedule, cost, affiliations, location, are all criteria that I considered when choosing the EMBA program at The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  The UNR program scored high for me in all categories.

For example, UNR is my local university so it allows me to have personal interaction with the professors and the school itself.  Such a luxury is rarely available with online or extended study based programs.  Having personal interactions with your instructors is certainly valuable.  Even in a time where digital correspondence rules the day in business, there is no substitute for personal relationships.  These personal interactions and relationships go beyond student and instructor.  With a program like UNR many of us in the cohort are local or at least regionally based so I have the opportunity to collaborate with my fellow students online and in person.

Sure, personal interaction and relationships are nice, affordability of the program is important, and reputation is desirable.  However, perhaps one of the most important questions that may be overlooked or “assumed” when choosing an EMBA program is “Who is teaching it”?

The faculty in a program may well be the difference between an average and an exceptional education.  At UNR, the same faculty that teach the nationally ranked part-time MBA program teach the EMBA program, and UNR’s part-time MBA program is ranked #4 in the nation for that category. As a student in the EMBA program at UNR, I know that I am getting the same courses and same instruction as the #4 program in the nation.  As they would say in a Master Card commercial that is “priceless”.

Certainly not all MBA or EMBA programs are created equal.  So when choosing a program for yourself, I highly recommend you do your homework and know exactly WHO is doing the teaching.  At UNR you won’t find grad students or part time instructors teaching the EMBA, and most of the instructors have doctoral degrees from AACSB accredited business schools.  In the EMBA program at UNR, you will enjoy instruction from the same professors who built the nationally ranked MBA program.  The consistency and quality this provides a program, regardless of the type of delivery is invaluable and worth careful consideration.

I would certainly recommend the UNR EMBA program to anyone, but don’t take my word for it.  The accolades of the program and more over the professors speak for themselves.

Kurt Althof

Kurt is a student in the EMBA program at the University of Nevada, Reno.  He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing at California State, Humboldt.  He has 15 years experience in a variety of business development and marketing positions and is currently the public relations and and business development manager for Care Flight, Northern Nevada’s helicopter ambulance.  When spare time exists he enjoys the host of outdoor sports and recreation opportunities his home in Truckee/Lake Tahoe affords.


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Posted on March 21, 2012, in About the program and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. What is the minimum GMAT for this program or what are the score range they are willing to accept?

    Thank you!

    • Welcome, Jon. Here is the link to the page that will give you all the application requirements http://emba.unr.edu/apply.html We require the GMAT but have not established a minimum score. Thanks!

      • I believe you also accept the GRE now. How large is your cohort going to be this Fall? Will there be more than one cohort for 2012?

      • Welcome,Jared. We will probably cap our Fall 2012 cohort at 20 students, and we will only have one. Let us know if you have any other questions! Bret

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