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Redesigned MBA Program Welcomes Second Cohort

The School of Business at Eastern Kentucky University recently redesigned its Master of Business Administration program. The first cohort began the new program in fall 2018. Changes to the curriculum and structure of the MBA program include stackable certificates, earned as the students progress through the program; compressed eight-week courses; interdisciplinary curriculum; two, three, and four-year plans that allow working professionals to finish the degree at their own pace; and the elimination of specific pre-requisites courses for admission to the program.

Each cohort begins the MBA Experience with MBA 800, or “MBA Bootcamp”, which consists of three evening sessions prior to the start of the students’ first semester in the program.  During the Bootcamp, students are introduced to technical topics and complete team-building activities. Joseph Delos Reyes, a student who attended the inaugural MBA Bootcamp in August of 2018, said: “It was very helpful to meet all of our professors and get the chance to spend a few days getting to know the rest of our cohort. I really enjoyed getting mini sessions with each professor so we could get a good understanding of what they are expecting in class.”

Students who recently completed the first year of the redesigned program have a lot to say about the value of the new structure. “The program is rewarding and flexible. The professors are second to none, and they make the material intriguing and applicable to our current and future lives,” one student said. He continued: “My favorite aspect is the cohort model. My cohort has grown so close over this past year, and it is something I have never experienced in my educational career! I highly recommend EKU’s new program.”

MBA Director and Interim Associate Dean Dr. Trish Isaacs also commented on the success of the program’s new design. “With the redesigned MBA Experience, EKU’s School of Business is well-positioned to serve our students, their employers, and our entire service region,” Isaacs said. “The approach our program has taken is unique.  Our focus was on knowledge, skills, and abilities a manager needs. Our students have embraced the cohort model, indicating that in addition to building their professional networks, it enhances classroom experiences as well.”

There are still a few spots left for the 2019 cohort. The application deadline is July 15. For more information, visit  

Published on June 25, 2019

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