Posted by: Alison Damast on March 26, 2009
Prospective students hesitant about shelling out $100,000 or more for a two-year MBA may be intrigued by a new program announced this week by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. The new nine-month master’s program is aimed at people with little or no professional business experience and will prepare them for entry-level jobs in business, according to a press release from the school.
Over the course of four six-week terms, the students will take classes in finance, accounting marketing, strategy, operations, decision analysis and management. They can also take “boot camp” courses in statistics and computer skills. At the end, students will be prepared for entry-level jobs in the business world, the school says. The program, called the “Foundations of Business Degree” will start this August and students can start registering online in the next week or so on the Fuqua Web site.
Call me crazy, but this sounds like a crash-course MBA to me. And at a good value: the price of the Duke program is $38,000, significantly less than most MBA programs. A program like this may just be the antidote to the job-searching blues that many undergraduates are now experiencing.
Recent graduates, do you think enrolling in a program like this would make you more competitive in today’s job market?