Top 10 Online MBAs for Experiential Learning

Despite the fact that Online MBAs are delivered through distance-learning, many programs make a virtue of in-person experiences. Many business schools offer their Online MBA students broad array of practical activities that encourage leadership and professional development, networking and career advancement.

These include global immersions to overseas locations such as emerging economies like Cuba, or to campus for periodic meet-ups with classmates, or on exchange programs at partner schools abroad. Many schools bring real-world theory and help students to build links with international organizations through having executives deliver guest lecturers.

Some go further and offer their students a hands-on consulting experience, typically overseas, working with non-profit organizations or Fortune 500 corporations to solve their live business challenges. Online participants at other schools can pursue research interests with faculty members. Here are the top 10 Online MBA programs for experiential learning.

Coventry, United Kingdom (UK) 82 Followers 96 Discussions

Warwick’s top-ranked Online MBA takes teaching and learning beyond the classroom through having executives as visiting lecturers, who bring real-world theory and help students to build links with international organizations such as Amazon, Gallup and CAPCO. Online students also join professional networks that regularly host business leaders.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina 36 Followers 21 Discussions
UNC - Kenan-Flagler

UNC Kenan-Flagler takes an active approach to learning through in-person Summits that bring online students face-to-face in Chapel Hill and global business hubs. There’s also the STAR experiential learning course that sees students apply coursework and skills to a real-world, management consulting project. And the DBI course gives students an opportunity to study abroad at one of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s partner schools.

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Bloomington, Indiana 40 Followers 32 Discussions
Indiana - Kelley

Kelley offers a number of experiences designed to enrich the Online MBA program, from residential modules on campus in Bloomington, to Immersion Courses that deepen understanding of a particular business area, such as advertising and branding in New York. Students can also visit an emerging economy such as Cuba to work with a small business on a team consulting project. 

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Gainesville, Florida 51 Followers 16 Discussions
Florida - Warrington - Hough

The UF Online MBA program offers a wide range of practical activities that encourage leadership and professional development. These include Global Immersion Experiences, an opportunity to visit an international business destination for a week, and the Career Transformation Weekend: a series of workshops on topics like leadership, business communication and social networking.

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Los Angeles, California 96 Followers 2 Discussions
USC - Marshall

At USC, Online MBA students are required to spend a week on campus in order to connect with their peers and develop a cohesive student cohort. The school’s Experiential Learning Center promotes learning through active and engaging exercises such as consultancy projects with real companies.

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Boston, Massachusetts 25 Followers 4 Discussions
Northeastern - D'Amore-McKim

At D’Amore-McKim, Online students put the knowledge gained from the MBA curriculum to work at startups and leading corporations worldwide, or pursue research interests with faculty members. A number of experiential projects amplify classroom learning, such as Co-op, in which students work full-time at leading companies across 40 countries, typically for six months.

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Madrid, Spain 105 Followers 34 Discussions

IE in Madrid, Spain, delivers an Online MBA that combines distance learning with face-to-face periods around the world to discover a new destination and learn about the local business environment. In the past these trips have included San Francisco, Sao Paolo, Singapore, Shanghai, Miami and Mumbai.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota 21 Followers 0 Discussions
Minnesota - Carlson

The Carlson School runs a number of Enterprise Programs, in which students take on real projects for paying clients ranging from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. Students can develop brand and marketing strategy, analyze and solve complex business challenges, manage more than $30 in real investments, or identify, evaluate and implement new business ideas as an entrepreneur. 

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Dallas, Texas 0 Followers 0 Discussions

Students on the Cox Online MBA gain hands-on opportunities to build leadership and teamwork skills through case-based coursework, consulting projects, virtual simulations and global immersion trips abroad. One example is War Games, a high-intensity course that simulates the moves of companies in the marketplace in response to changing dynamics. Students have also previously visited Brazil on a global study trip.

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Washington, District of Columbia 32 Followers 7 Discussions

GWSB’s location in Washington D.C enables the school to provide distance-learning students with opportunities to immerse themselves in a residency course as well as class projects and co-curricula experiences. This includes overseas study on an academic exchange program, the consulting abroad program and overseas study trips to various global locations.

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