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Graduation Day For Our First Cohort Of EMBA Students

embacohort2The inaugural cohort of the Online Executive MBA program at The University of Nevada graduated on Saturday, August 24, 2013. We were pleased that nine of our thirteen graduates were able to attend the ceremony. The students were addressed by University of Nevada Provost Kevin Carman, College of Business Dean Greg Mosier and Associate Dean and Executive MBA Director Kambiz Raffiee.  Each student also received a framed certificate of completion (the official diploma comes in the mail!) and College of Business Medal. The graduates then attended a reception in their honor.

Our second cohort of about twenty-four students will graduate next year at this time. Our third cohort of thirty-three students starts their first semester next week. Even though it is just getting started, the program is already being recognized as one of the Top 10 Best Online Executive Programs for 2013.

For more information about the program, please visit our website.

Statistics for Decision Making

My name is Bahram Adrangi, and I teach BADM 700 Statistics for Decision Making. I have been teaching a variety of statistics, econometrics, and forecasting classes for over thirty years. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to class, and hope that this will be a productive and enjoyable learning experience for all of you. I also want to say a few words about statistics and its uses and applications in life.

I am aware that statistics is often viewed as the bogeyman of most schools of business. I try in my classes, online and on ground, to dispel that image. Statistics has also been confused with probability theory, drenched in combinatorial arithmetic that students suffer through and forget about after finals. I must say that I have been able to dispel that one too. While statistics is imbedded in probabilities, it is more than esoteric probability problems. Furthermore, I cannot remember a single student of mine from schools of business who pursued a career in actuaries.

In my years in academia, which has coverd my entire professional career, I have applied some form of statistics or econometrics in my academic research, forecasting, and limited consulting. I hope I can bring my years of experience to this course. Ultimately, I hope that some of you will put these skills to immediate use. We will cover data analysis, graphing, descriptive statistics, making inferences from samples about populations, and see applications of regression analysis in almost all fields of business, from management to production and finance. Furthermore, our course constitutes a strong foundation for some to continue and be certified as quality control engineers. I have had a few students, undergraduate and MBAs, who pursued that path very successfully. I am excited to work with UNR EMBAs for the first time and hope that the excitement will be mutual.


adrangiBahram Adrangi is professor of economics at the Robert B. Pamplin School of Business Administration, University of Portland. He received his BS in economics in 1973, his MBA in 1975; and a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in 1982. His areas of research interest are financial economics, transportation economics and international economics. His published papers have appeared in the Journal of Futures Market, Financial Review, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Applied Financial Economics, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Transportation Journal, The Logistics and Transportation Review, and Journal of Industrial Organization, among others. He is also a regular presenter at economics and finance conferences nationally and internationally.

Executive MBA Mixer

We held a mixer for the first and second cohorts of students in our Online Executive MBA program on September 7, 2012. The mixer was optional, and was the first opportunity many of the students have had to meet each other and the faculty in person since we don’t require any campus visits as part of our program. Posted below are some of the photos from the event:







Students from our first cohort








Students from our second cohort











Executive MBA Director, Dr. Kambiz Raffiee








Faculty and staff of our program

Executive MBA (EMBA) Online: Program Progress

The Online Executive MBA program at the University of Nevada was approved by the Nevada Board of Regents in late spring 2011. With minimal time to market and recruit, we were able to start our first cohort in the fall of 2011 with 14 exceptional students.  For the second cohort, we got another round of exceptional applications and are expecting to select 30 students to start in fall 2012.

The online EMBA at UNR continues to improve, expand, and evolve. Our program is housed in an AACSB accredited College of Business and is taught by many of the same faculty that earned our part-time MBA a top national ranking. Check us out – we think you will find that we offer an excellent program that is also an exceptional value.

If you are interested in joining our 2013 cohort, be sure to apply early!

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Decisions Executive MBA Students Face

The decision to enroll in an Executive MBA program is one rife with difficult questions, the answers to which may well determine the extent of your success as a future executive. Most people entering Executive MBA programs are young professionals aspiring to reach greater heights in their field; they want the education to temper their passion for leading a business in the right direction, but it’s not easy choosing the best program or teaching style. Business schools around the country design Executive MBA programs in any possible format: online education, classes that emphasize peer involvement, mentorships from industry professionals—the list goes on. I wish all MBA students could take the outstanding classes offered at various Executive MBA programs, but that’s hardly a realistic aspiration.

Let’s address some of the biggest decisions a student has to make when you look through potential Executive MBA programs.

Classes taught online or in person?

The difference between online and in person education is one of the biggest issues concerning graduate business degrees in general. There are strong arguments to be had on both sides, but I think the decision really hinges on whatever works for your unique lifestyle. If you’re simultaneously interning at another business or even running your own small enterprise on the side, you might see great appeal in taking an online Executive MBA program that offers a relatively freer schedule. You might be the lone wolf student who thrives on the challenge of completing coursework on your own, relying on your own philosophy of leadership to guide them through lessons and hypothetical management scenarios.

On the other hand, you might thrive in an environment where you’re among your peers, bouncing ideas and strategies off one another. The idea of working alongside a professor with real world experience leading a business and a team of trained professionals might appeal to you if you’ve never worked with someone like that before. If you’re looking for greater involvement and interaction from your faculty and classmates, taking your MBA classes in person is obvious the right choice for you.

Fulltime or balanced with work?

Once you’ve decided on the atmosphere of your Executive MBA program, it’s time to decide the extent to which you want to involve yourself in classwork. Some students prefer to get their degree out of the way as quickly as possible so they can enter the working world immediately. These ambitious students usually cram as many classes as they can per semester, trying to graduate in record time. You might prefer the lightning round MBA path, but there are more steadily paced options.

Though it’s tempting to choose the quickest path to your Executive MBA, not every student has the luxury of dropping everything in their life to go back to school. It takes a serious time commitment to complete an MBA, and you might not have the option of sacrificing your day job for it. If that’s the case, then I highly recommend completing your Executive MBA over a number of semesters, giving yourself only as much classwork as you can handle. There’s no use overloading yourself if you have obligations outside of class.

Where to find the best connections

And finally, you want to be careful about choosing the Executive MBA program that has the right connections for you to advance your business career. This isn’t as simple as choosing a business school with the most famous faculty; it’s a matter of researching business schools with professors and lecturers with experience and knowledge that’s relevant to your field of interests. If you have ambitions to found a startup tech company, you want to look at schools with faculty that have successfully founded small business venture in that field. Applying anywhere else would be to miss the most important aspect of graduate education in business: meeting the right people, absorbing their industry advice, and applying it to your own venture.


Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez

Online Executive MBA (EMBA): Apply Now!

The priority application deadline for the University of Nevada Online Executive MBA program is just around the corner, April 16, 2012. We will accept applications until we fill the next cohort, or NLT July 8, 2012. Qualified students have already been accepted, and we are quickly approaching the limit for our cohort that will start in August, 2012.

Our program is a great value but also very challenging. Our courses are taught by many of the same faculty that earned our part-time MBA program a national ranking, and we are motivated to bring the same recognition to our new Online EMBA program.

If you are ready to learn the skills that can take your career to the next level, then join our Fall 2012 Online EMBA cohort now!

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Are You Prepared for the Online Executive MBA Program?

Graduate from an accredited four-year university, Check.

Register for or complete the GMAT, Check.

Secure employer sponsored tuition or other funding, Check.

Explore the reality of an online program….

The Executive MBA (EMBA) program at the University of Nevada, Reno is not for the faint of heart.  If you are dusting off the old resume and looking to add an accessory with a degree from an easy MBA program, this is probably not what you are looking for.  However, if you are searching for an opportunity to earn a quality business education, and willing to expend your efforts to amplify your skill set and provide superior value to your employer, this is probably the program for you.  Ensuring that you are prepared for the online program should include a few considerations:

Online Format

Have you ever taken an online academic course?  If you have, you know why this is important.  While the online courses in the EMBA program are flexible, they do not cut corners so as to ensure students’ proficiency in the subject matter.  Online courses typically require additional reading, so saving time on coursework is not the reality.

Time Commitment

Do you have sufficient time to complete the program?  Managing work, school, family, community activities and leisure time can be convoluted.  With this in mind, the online EMBA program is tailored to the seemingly hectic schedules of working students.  But, the program requires a weekly time commitment of approximately 20 hours.  For those of us whose undergraduate degree is not business-related, the learning curve may require additional study time.   Time management skills are crucial to success in the program.

Non-Business Undergraduate Degrees

If your degree is not in business, DO NOT PANIC!  As a student with a non-business undergraduate degree, achieving excellence is definitely possible.  The EMBA classes and professors are very accommodating to the student’s needs in maneuvering the learning curve.  In courses that are quantitative in nature, it is helpful to read any “optional” texts or material to facilitate a clear understanding of difficult concepts and unfamiliar topics.  Keep in mind, the program is customized to the business education for students of all academic backgrounds in order to benefit a variety of industries and sectors.

Please consider investing your time, effort, and resources into the EMBA Program, based on the nationally ranked part-time MBA Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.  You will discover an invaluable occasion to experience Your Education.Upgraded. Apply today!

Tracey Gray McDonald

Tracey is a student in the EMBA Program at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento.  She has 12 years experience in administering professional volunteer and program management, public outreach, community relations, strategic planning, marketing strategies and coalition building.  Currently, Tracey works as a Consultant, advising small entities on community outreach strategies, marketing, and brand management in the Sacramento region.  A resident of Rocklin, CA, she enjoys running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, competing in triathlons, and traveling.

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Our MBA Program Is An Exceptional Value

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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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 or visit the program’s website at

Our MBA Program Is An Exceptional Value

Our part-time MBA program in the College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno, was recently rated #4 nationally by Bloomberg BusinessWeek. We first appeared in their rankings in 2009 at #21 nationally, so our jump to #4 was a very pleasant surprise.

I looked at some of the data Bloomberg BusinessWeek used to determine their rankings, and one number really jumped out at me – our very affordable cost. The spreadsheet I have displays the top 30 schools in the part-time MBA rankings, and our tuition costs are the lowest of those top 30 ranked schools. According to the website for the part-time MBA program, the total cost to complete our program in tuition, books, and fees, is around $21,000. That is an incredible value!

Our online Executive MBA program, taught by the same faculty as our nationally ranked MBA program, is also an exceptional value. According to the website, the total cost of the program is only $24,000. If you can find a better value in an online Executive MBA from an AACSB accredited college of business, please let me know!

If you have five or more years of professional work experience beyond the undergraduate degree and have wanted to advance your career by earning an MBA, you should check out our online EMBA program. We are currently accepting applicants for our 2012 cohort, but space is limited so apply NOW!

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