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I appreciate that the curriculum is fixed (with the exception of one elective). It required me to learn a diverse skill set encompassing all aspects of business management. I will be much better able to manage a business because of it. I have friends in other programs who have "concentrated" in certain fields that know little about any other aspect of business management. I believe I am better prepared than they are to work in any management position.
Career services needs to be greatly improved. Not everyone was employed at the time of the program nor was everyone satisfied with their current employment. More options should have been available to switch career fields.
The flexibility provided by its schedule (one weekend of class every month) is fantastic. This is an excellent structure for a part time program as it gives the student the ultimate flexibility in determining when school can fit into your work schedule. There were several weeks where I didn't work on school work at all given my workload at work. However, this was not a problem since I had three more weeks to focus on school work.
In some classes the workload wasn't indicative of a part time program, but a full time program
Professors travel from the main UF campus in Gainesville to the South Florida area, providing me with the same education I would have received in Gainesville without the inconvenience of having to travel to and from.
Although the school offered a few networking events, I would like to see more networking events since we are a working professional program and networking is very important to our career at this time.
I grew up in Minnesota and had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into in terms of school and sports team pride. It's unlike anything I've ever experienced, in a positive way. Very cool experience!
The educational and professional development element of the program is excellent. However, the program lacks strong career services in South Florida. The school has not helped me or any of my classmates with career placement post-graduation. Instead, I have to rely on the alumni network for career opportunities. Bottom line: excellent education, poor career services in South Florida
The Professional one-year MBA program provides students the opportunity to physically attend classes 1 weekend per month, rather than provide online courses or courses during the work week. This structure allows for maximum networking / interaction with fellow students who are also working full-time at top companies.
The program is lacking a better career services department due to limited staff and the fact that they are based out of Gainesville while the students in this program are in South Florida. I would suggest that the program seek better connections with South Florida employers and schedule in-class speakers and networking opportunities. While an MBA from the University of Florida is very respected among South Florida employers, I had very little support from the program while I was looking for a post-MBA opportunity.
The team building exercises really helped to break the ice with the cohort. Since the working professional program meets once a month it was a great way to facilitate the bonding of the class. Surprisingly the group got very close considering the limited time we had together.
Aside from the one professor I didn't really care for, the program was what I expected. I honestly wish the workload was a bit higher. The finance classes had me doing work nightly to keep up, other classes didn't push hard enough at times. It seemed like the choices for elective classes dwindled from what we were originally told would be offered.
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