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Working With Your Schedule - There Are Many Creative Ways to Get Your Masters Degree

Working With Your Schedule - There Are Many Creative Ways to Get Your Masters Degree

The New York Post via Yellowbrix

WITH an influx of brand new students each year, and in our still volatile economic climate, today’s business schools must keep up with the career path needs of today’s MBA candidates.

“Some of the trends we’re seeing are MBA specializations in entrepreneurship, sustainability and globalization,” says Rob Franek, vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review, an education services company. “Accelerated class time and flexible schedules for working students are additional ways schools are accommodating graduate students,” added Franek.

For example, a new early bird special has come to town – the first of its kind in New York City – with Adelphi University’s MBA program. Launched last spring at the Manhattan Center on Varick Street, degree candidates attend weekly classes from 7 a.m. until 8.50 a.m. It’s tough for commuters to use their main Garden City, L.I. campus, so the school came up with an innovative way help students with a limited interruption of their workday by adding the central location.

Classes meet once a week and programming content is the same as that offered on their main campus. For the past decade, students have taken advantage of similarly flexible MBA programming at CUNY Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business.

Through the school’s accelerated, part-time MBA program, about 100 students who are also working professionals pursue their MBA, which takes 28 months to complete. Two nights each week and Saturdays, MBA candidates take a core group of foundation courses, including accounting, marketing and organizational behavior.

To succeed at the intense curriculum, the school offers advisors, said executive director of graduate programs for Zicklin, Frank Fletcher. “Time management is key. We have a dedicated, advising staff that works with these students and we offer workshops on such skills. You need to prioritize well to succeed in this program.” Zicklin’s Flex Time MBA enrolls about 1,500 students each term.