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The PMBA program is a lock-step, cohorted program. Classes, with the exception of electives, were at defined times in a set location. This significantly improved scheduling the time required to complete the program while working full-time. Also, I got to know my classmates very well since we took nearly all of our classes together. Additionally, the professors were truly great and provided excellent content with relevant skills directly applicable in the work place.
The finance program was of a higher quality than the general MBA core curriculum. I would encourage the school to increase the difficulty and depth of analysis of some of the core classes.
All MBA students, regardless of program, have the opportunity to study abroad and take part in the myriad of events that are held in or out of their specialty. It requires the student to be engaged and shape his or her education.
They could improve the career services provided to graduate business students and increase the networking opportunities outside of class. Organize those events at times which are convenient to working professionals.
I was shocked at how many international students there were in this part-time program. It was my assumption that full time programs were the only place you'll find exchange students.
I wish there were more career workshops offered in the evenings or on Saturdays.
The downtown location helps with our commute to the school as well as having access to large corporations for advice, socializing, future employment opportunities, and it helped bring into the program better (more experienced) students.
Depending on a student's experience, some should not have to take certain classes. For example, a VP of accounting should not have to take some of the accounting classes (take a test to get out of class).
The cohort program fosters the development of relationships between fellow students that adds depth classroom discussions and creates deeper connections and commitment within team-based projects. The facilities used for learning are superb in that they are location-friendly, extremely comfortable, well designed for learning, and employ the latest technologies that facilitate both in-class and out-of-class learning, sharing, and development.
Professors say that they understand that we are working professionals, but the workloads often contradict this professed understanding. Time between the semester belongs to the students. For me, it is my time to catch up on things that I may have neglected during the semesters. Professors of upcoming classes have no right to this time, and should not be permitted to assign work in these 'in-between' times.
I enjoyed the program's efforts to balance the rigors of course work with the reality that most students were employed in full-time positions. I also enjoyed the variety of concentrations you could pursue.
For the general requirement courses - focus less on the specifics and more on the big picture since most students are not concentrating or majoring in that area.
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