Changes are coming for Heidelberg University’s MBA program.
Beginning next fall, the MBA program will be offered exclusively on the Tiffin campus with a new focus on traditional undergraduate and international students. The move comes in light of the announced closing of Heidelberg’s Arrowhead Park campus in the summer of 2015.
While the two-year program still will be available to working adults and other students, Heidelberg has developed a one-year, full-time MBA program, said Dr. Haseeb Ahmed, dean of the Heidelberg School of Business and professor of finance. “We believe our new one-year program will be attractive to students just finishing undergraduate degrees who have no prior related work experience,” Ahmed said.
Heidelberg’s MBA is an excellent option for non-business students who wish to increase their job potential in the marketplace, Ahmed added. “For example, an English degree and an MBA would be an attractive combination.”
The two-year MBA program will retain its current accelerated format of one course per eight-week term with classes one night each week while the one-year MBA will require two courses each term with classes meeting one night per week. All of the courses will be seated and taught by highly qualified, full-time business faculty, Ahmed said.
Heidelberg has created a solution for non-business majors to simplify transition directly to the graduate business program. Most students are required to complete six prerequisite courses before beginning MBA coursework. While that path will still be available, the School of Business has developed two MBA foundation courses, offered in the summer, encompassing all of the necessary prerequisites.
The full-time MBA program can be completed in 12 months. Theoretically, undergraduate students who complete their bachelor’s degrees in May could complete the foundation prerequisite courses in the summer, begin MBA coursework in the fall and complete it one year later.
Another component that differentiates Heidelberg’s MBA program is unique field study coursework that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios. All MBA students are required to complete a practicum through the Heidelberg Business Institute, an applied research and consultancy arm of the School of Business, through the field study coursework. Working in small teams and under the guidance of a full-time faculty supervisor, they are paired with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations as a client to address real-world business issues.
Ahmed said the innovative field study program engages students with the community. “It’s a partnership that shows that the Heidelberg School of Business is not only relevant in the lives of the students but within the community as well,” he said, adding that the liberal arts-based business programs that are offered by the School of Business must be current, relevant, engaging, innovative and impactful to the lives of its stakeholders.
Recently, Heidelberg MBA students have been engaged with the Port Clinton Civilian Marksmanship Program, completing an economic impact study; the city of Tiffin, developing a branding program around the education community theme; and the Tiffin St. Joseph Federal Credit Union, developing a marketing strategy based on a cost analysis of its products. “Our students are really making contributions in the surrounding economy,” Ahmed said.
In the fall, Heidelberg will welcome a cohort of MBA students from Tianjin Normal University in Tianjin, China. The two schools share a long-standing partnership that brings scholars to Tiffin each academic year and sends a delegation of Heidelberg faculty and students to teach English to TNU graduate students each summer.
“International students come here wanting to be part of classes with domestic students. They expect a good quality education and a good quality cultural experience. At Heidelberg, they will receive both,” said Allen Underwood, director of the MBA program.
Heidelberg’s MBA degree program was authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education in 1996. The curriculum focuses on general management with emphasis on the development of skills including communication, strategic planning, decision-making under conditions of uncertainty and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.
Research has borne out that students who complete an MBA are more likely to be high performers, well prepared for the challenges of their positions, promoted sooner and paid more on average than their peers. “Earning an MBA from Heidelberg will increase employment opportunities and offer career advancement for our students,” Underwood said. “Our experience is that most employers recognize the benefits of employees obtaining an MBA. They know an MBA can make a major difference in long-term performance.”
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