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March 3, 2023

UConn remakes MBA program, reducing course requirements, offering more flexibility


The UConn School of Business announced Friday it is revising its MBA program by reducing the credits needed for a degree from 57 to 42 and changing its concentrations and core courses.

John Elliott, dean of the UConn School of Business, said the changes will make it easier and faster for students to earn an MBA. 

Students – if they pursue the degree aggressively – will be able to complete the requirements in a little over a year and at a lower cost, UConn said. Currently, many students are on a three-year schedule.

The changes will kick in starting in the fall semester. 

“The UConn MBA program, which has long set the bar for excellence, will retain its vibrancy, rigor, and focus on essential leadership development,” Elliott said in a statement. “We have re-examined our offerings and arranged courses to have maximum impact, added elective concentrations, and allowed students to pursue specialized interests.”

UConn’s new program will also be more customizable, according to Jose Cruz, associate dean for business graduate programs. 

Students can select from specialties in business analytics, digital marketing strategy, finance, management, and supply chain management or elect to pursue a general MBA degree. They can also more easily mix-and-match courses that meet their needs, instead of having to follow a pre-planned track, UConn said.

The program is also introducing elective courses called “MBA Now,’’ which will address prominent topics in business today. The first MBA Now program will address sustainability and global supply chain.

“Our revised curriculum allows students to customize the program they wish,” Cruz said.

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