Alabama State University to launch online MBA program

BY Sydney LakeMay 16, 2022, 1:36 PM
The Mighty Marching Hornets from Alabama State University perform during the 2019 Rose Parade in Pasadena, as seen in January 2019. (Photo by Scott Varley—Digital First Media/Torrance Daily Breeze/Getty Images)

In 2021, 91% of recruiters reported that they planned to hire MBA graduates, according to the Graduate Management Admission Council’s 2021 Corporate Recruiters Survey. Many business schools have been trying to keep up with that demand by launching new MBA programs and expanding existing ones.

Alabama State University became part of this trend in early May when the school announced it would launch an online MBA program this fall. This historically Black university did not previously offer an MBA degree, but has seen great demand from current undergraduate business students and alumni for the program. 

Almost 90% of current ASU students and alumni reported they were interested in earning their degree from the school, according to surveys conducted as part of the planning process for the program, Caterina Bristol, ASU assistant provost and dean of the Graduate School, tells Fortune. 

“We expect to see students from various levels and diverse backgrounds,” Bristol says. “Already we have had interest from more mature adult learners to traditional-aged students as well as military learners and international students.”

The program will launch in Fall 2022 with an online format, and 80% of classes will be held live while other components are asynchronous. ASU’s online MBA program will include seven core courses and three electives. MBA students will also choose a specialization in project management, enterprise resource planning, or general business—and the program itself will be focused on data and analytics.

“This is a giant step for the College of Business Administration,” Kamal Hingorani, dean of the Percy J. Vaughn, Jr. College of Business Administration, said in a statement. “We will have a graduate program in business that has great demand from our students, alumni, and residents of Alabama and surrounding states.”

How to apply

Applications for ASU’s online MBA program opened on May 9. Candidates must submit a resume, official transcripts, three professional letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose. The school waived its GMAT/GRE requirements for the fall 2022 term.

The school expects students to have an undergraduate degree in business with a GPA of at least 3.0, but applicants who don’t are eligible for conditional admission. Applicants must also complete a series of undergraduate courses in accounting, finance, management, and marketing, Bristol adds.

“The program is looking for individuals who want to advance their education and skills to improve performance in their current position, grow their business, or secure a new, in-demand job,” Bristol says. “The candidates will demonstrate a strong commitment to professional growth [and] have good communication skills.”

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