How do you Choose an MBA That's Right for you?

Dr. Gail WhitakerWhen potential students have no shortage of choices as to MBA programs, how can they decide on one that’s best suited to them? Speaking to the Dean about her vision, and learning about the various facets of the program, certainly is one way. CEO Magazine, Winter 2013 Edition, recently interviewed Dr. Gail Whitaker, Dean of the Colorado Technical University College of Business. Whether it’s about giving students an accessible, student-centered, career-oriented and industry-relevant education or sharing what businesses expect from MBA graduates, Dr. Whitaker discusses it all. Here is a reprint of the article.

According to Dr. Whitaker, “Employers are increasingly vocal about their expectations of MBA graduates. They want graduates who have developed critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. They also seek a strong body of knowledge and global leadership acumen that's aligned with industry standards. The emerging trend is to integrate these standards and expectations across the entire curriculum, versus just one course in the program.”

In her interview, Dr. Whitaker also touches on how CTU meets this need and her vision for the school. “My vision aligns with CTU’s ‘cycle of life‘- a program that reflects the knowledge and skills that employers seek. We try to understand the needs of employers and align our curriculum to those needs. Students taking our industry-relevant courses invest this knowledge back into their places of employment,” she explains.

“Our curriculum is developed with input from entrepreneurs, business leaders and special-interest experts to bridge the gap between what traditional schools have taught and industry’s actual needs,” she adds. Further, CTU’s curriculum is mapped to a recognized body of knowledge for each concentration area, including building students’ global leadership acumen through all its MBA courses. “For example, our students respond to case studies involving global decisions including mergers; overseas marketing strategies; identifying countries to best position their product line and dealing with challenges related to each country’s infrastructure, as well as its political, environmental, technological and legal challenges.”

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Source: CEO Magazine, Winter Edition, 2013.