Online MBA Set to Launch
The Graduate School of Management at UC Davis will launch a fully online Master of Business Administration degree — the first in the 10-campus University of California — in September.
“As a world-leading research university with a nationally ranked business school, UC Davis is well positioned to offer an online MBA for students to learn to think in new ways, expand their network and prepare to have a positive impact on the world,” said H. Rao Unnava, dean of the management school.
Many business schools are developing niche programs as a new generation of students prefer to study at their own pace and meet virtually, said the dean, who studies consumer behavior.
The new online program offers the opportunity for more nontraditional students and working professionals anywhere in the world to earn an MBA from the UC Davis management school, ranked among the nation’s top 50 for 24 consecutive years.
MBA@UCDavis will mirror the UC Davis MBA curriculum offered through full- and part-time programs in Davis, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. It integrates collaborative leadership, innovation and sustainability.
Courses will be taught by UC Davis faculty and top lecturers who are experts in their fields. Students will participate in interactive courses with live weekly sessions. The program, which starts Sept. 30, will culminate with residential sessions that bring students together to learn and network with the school’s community of faculty, other students and executives from Fortune 500 firms, startups and technology innovators.
The school plans for four cohorts of students to start the program each year, and the typical time to degree is estimated to be two years.
The program is pending approval by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.
To provide the online MBA program, UC Davis is partnering with 2U Inc., a global leader in education technology. The management school is the company’s first MBA partner in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
MBA@UCDavis is now accepting applications.