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Cdn Business: For many MBA programs now, global experience comes standard

October 2, 2015 — 

Canadian Business magazine writes about the new trend in MBA schools.

Schools that have recently added international travel to their curriculums include Saint Mary’s Sobey School of Business, which is planning a trip overseas for students in 2017; Rotman, which sent a cohort of students abroad this year as part of its global consulting program; and the University of Manitoba’s Asper School, which has revamped its curriculum so that students can now do a semester in another country.

The Customized MBA

And as BizEd magazine reports:

When employers and prospective business students are asking for something different, it’s important to listen, says Marci Elliott, executive director of MBA programs at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business in Winnipeg, Canada. Two years ago, when students asked for an MBA program that would cost less, could be finished more quickly, and could be customized to their personal interests, the Asper School decided to redesign its MBA program to suit.


In 2014, the Asper School introduced its new 60-hour MBA, in which the credits for the core curriculum have been reduced from 48 to 30 and those for electives have been increased from 12 to 30. Students now can take preparatory online boot camps in subjects like Excel and basic quantitative skills so they can be ready to complete the course content. Finally, they can qualify for up to 30 credit hours of course exemptions based on professional designations or on prior business courses in recognized programs. Students can take as little as 12 months or as long as six years to earn their degrees.



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