Online MBA programs have become increasingly popular among those with busy schedules, who are attracted to the flexibility and convenience of part-time study. However, such courses often miss the deeper bonding and networking that occurs on campus, when students study cheek by jowl in full-time programs. Many business schools now offer the best of both worlds, however: the blended MBA.
Blended MBA programs are a mixture of “bricks and clicks”, delivered mostly online but with plenty of in-person components to enrich the learning experience. At many schools the in-person component can be taken at a wide range of global locations and satellite campuses in such cities as San Francisco, Sao Paolo, Singapore, Shanghai , Miami or Mumbai, giving students the global perspective that is vital to business today, which is borderless.
In these hybrid MBA programs, not only do students sample different business cultures, they also develop closer bonds with their classmates, which enriches the learning experience when they are back at home studying online. The immersions are also excellent opportunities to develop valuable and influential global networks. Students also develop their crucial soft skills as part of a cohort.
But, importantly, a main benefit of blended MBA programs is that students do not have to give up their jobs, so the opportunity cost of not working is erased, significantly boosting the return on investment in the MBA.
In Spain, IE Business School offers a blended Global MBA, with most of the course delivered online but with optional all-day workshops on campus in Madrid to crystalize networking opportunities, along with a global immersion week in San Francisco, Sao Paolo, Singapore, Miami, Shanghai or Mumbai, to give students an international perspective. The program is ranked highly in many important Online MBA ranking publications.View School Profile
The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University runs the part-time Online Hybrid MBA that uses the same faculty and same curriculum as the traditional full-time MBA, so it’s not compromising on quality. The program is also STEM-designated, which gives overseas students extra time on their visa to live and work in the US, the world’s biggest economy. The Online Hybrid MBA program is ranked highly by some of the major ranking publications.View School Profile
Isenberg School of Management is a high-ranking, AACSB-accredited American business school. Students can opt for a blended format MBA combining on-campus and online study, providing flexibility. Students can take the course completely online or chose to take in-person classes at one of the school’s three satellite campuses, in Boston, Springfield or Shrewsbury. Prospective students can also try out a class for free.View School Profile
In the UK, Alliance Manchester Business School puts on a Global MBA degree, jointly with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in the US. This MBA is a blended, part-time course, combining the flexibility of the online format with immersive in-person teaching at a choice of eight global locations: Dubai, Hong Kong, Manchester, Sai Paulo, Shanghai and Singapore. That’s in addition to the main Manchester campus in the UK and Bloomington in Indiana.View School Profile
Babson College in the US has a highly ranked Blended Learning MBA program delivered over 21 months. It combines online classes and face-to-face sessions at Babson’s campuses in Massachusetts and Miami, giving students the chance to make the most of their time while also networking.View School Profile
Imperial College Business School in London offers the Global Online MBA, a part-time course delivered in a distance learning format but with optional modules in the UK capital and other global locations. Imperial is world renowned for its STEM research and entrepreneurial ecosystem.View School Profile
ESMT Berlin, one of Germany’s top ranked business schools, runs a Blended Online MBA that is delivered 80 percent online and 20 percent in person. Run over 24 months, students spend 14 weekends in either Berlin or Munich. ESMT’s curriculum covers the essential MBA topics, followed by courses on entrepreneurial strategy and innovation, digital business and agility.View School Profile
Australia’s leading business schools runs the MBAX program that is delivered online with optional in-person elements in Sydney. This strengthens bonding, enabling participants to build a valuable and influential global network. Students can specialize in either change management, social impact, finance or technology, so they can tailor the curriculum to their professional needs and personal tastes.View School Profile
Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management offers a highly-regarded, blended Weekend MBA program. Two-thirds of the course is delivered on campus in Indiana while a third of the content is delivered online. The online coursework is mostly discussion boards, videos and case studies. Students come to campus in West Lafayette for networking and to develop soft skills as part of a cohort.View School Profile
The Live Online MBA at Hult International Business School is offered through a blended format. Students attend live sessions over a four-day weekend each month, but for most of the time, they study online. They can choose to come to one of several global campuses in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai, or New York. Hult was the first school to receive the “triple crown” of AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accreditations, a quality stamp.View School Profile
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