by Jenifer Shockley
ATLANTA – Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business will introduce this fall a redesigned program for its flagship part-time MBA, including a new curriculum and experiences that emphasize the development of business acumen and data-driven analytical skills to anticipate the needs of consumers, firms and societies, as well as skills needed to interact with others and drive change.
Robinson offers its part-time MBA in two formats: a 24-month cohort-format Professional MBA for early to mid-career professionals with four or more years of work experience and a Flexible MBA for high-potential, early-stage professionals with a minimum of one year of experience. The Flexible MBA can be completed in two to five years.
Among the changes to both programs:
- More than 75 percent of the curriculum is new or redesigned for greater relevance to emerging needs.
- There will be an increased focus throughout the program on creativity and digital innovation, as well as data, information and analytics, providing students with the ability to grow top-line revenue in any business.
- Client projects in Robinson’s recently opened big data analytics facility, the Institute for Insight, will provide students with applied learning experiences to co-produce value with the college’s strategic partners.
- Robinson will add to its already extensive selection of electives with a four-course sequence on innovation and design thinking offered through Robinson’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute.
In the Professional MBA, one-third of previously in-classroom content will be delivered online, freeing up on-campus time to focus on experiential learning and team-based leadership. Through this change, students will experience the hallmarks of an immersive full-time program within the convenience of a part-time format.
“These innovations reinforce Robinson’s reputation as a leader among schools offering MBA programs for working professionals,” said Dean Richard Phillips. “Our unique position as a key partner to the business community provided us special and early insights into the sort of employee that is increasingly sought. Every new element in the curriculum was purposely designed to help Robinson students stand above their competitors and ensure Robinson MBA graduates are ready to execute in environments where digital platforms provide unparalleled opportunities to create the business models of the future.”
The largest business school in the South and part of a major research institution, Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business has 200 faculty, 8,000 students and 75,000 alumni. With programs on five continents and students from 88 countries, the college is world-class and worldwide. Its part-time MBA is ranked among the best by the Bloomberg Businessweek and U.S. News & World Report, and its Executive MBA is on the Financial Times list of the world’s premier programs. Located in Atlanta, the Robinson College and Georgia State have produced more of Georgia’s top executives with graduate degrees than any other school in the Southeast.