Part-time MBA Programs Growing in Popularity









Changes are in the air for MBA programs. The economy and rising costs of business education have caused traditional MBA programs, which require participants to leave their jobs to attend full-time, possibly delaying promotions and salary increases, to become less appealing than part-time programs for many professionals. Part-time MBA programs, which offer flexible schedules, including online courses, allow students to maintain career momentum and gain a degree for a fraction of the cost of a traditional MBA program.

Since 2007, according to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), total MBA tuition has increased by at least a third in the United States. This has contributed to the decline of full-time MBA programs, with some schools, such as Thunderbird (which recently merged with Arizona State University), discontinuing their MBA programs. Other schools, including Wake Forest University, will only offer part-time MBA programs. Many are joining the trend of teaching online courses. Innovations in technology appear to be driving this move, with more and more executives preferring to study from a distance.

Rollins College, in Winter Park, FL, offers a Professional MBA both on-campus and through an online/on-campus option. The program is ranked the No. 9 part-time MBA program in the United States and has sessions beginning in April 2015 and September 2015.

For more information about the Rollins Professional MBA, visit them on the Web.

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