UConn’s popular Executive MBA program is launching a ‘HomeLink’ option this fall that will enable students to participate in some live classes from their homes and require in-person attendance one weekend every other month.
“Our Executive MBA program is exactly what many rising leaders are seeking, not only because of the rigor of the program but also the weekend course schedule that accommodates demanding work schedules,’’ said Director Michael Bozzi. “We recognize that some prospective students want to pursue their degrees at UConn, but aren’t always able to commit to program because of they don’t live in Greater Hartford.’’
“We believe a more flexible course option will appeal to potential graduate students in southern New York, Massachusetts, in fact much of New England,’’ he said. “Our typical EMBA student is in his or her early 30s and those with young families may find travel challenging. We don’t want a few hundred miles to separate someone from a great education.’’
Using video and educational technology, HomeLink students will be able to fully participate during live sessions, enabling them to build strong relationships with their peers and professors. They will be required to attend in-person classes once every two months for full days on Friday and Saturday. Classmates who prefer to attend all the classes in person at the Hartford campus are welcome to do so.
UConn’s 20-month, accelerated EMBA program is tailored to experienced managers and other professionals seeking top leadership positions. The 48-credit program is designed so that participants retain their current professional jobs while pursuing graduate studies. More information is available at emba.business.uconn.edu.
Management professor David Souder, who is the program’s academic director, said the pandemic helped the School of Business fine-tune its academic programs to accommodate both in-person and at-home learners. “The HomeLink schedule preserves the integrity of the learning experience while maximizing student flexibility and minimizing travel time,’’ he said. “I think it will be a great option for many students.’’
UConn’s Executive MBA program was established in 1992. Alumni include Mary Laschinger, the retired CEO of Veritiv, a Fortune 500 B2B packaging solutions company, who was one of only 24 women in the elite Fortune 500 leadership club during her tenure there; Matt Fleury, the president and CEO of the Connecticut Science Center; and Vincent G. Capece, Jr., the President/CEO of Middlesex Health.
The UConn School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), considered the ‘gold standard’ of accreditation, assuring applicants that the program fulfills a core set of strict educational metrics. Fewer than 5 percent of business programs worldwide receive that designation.