University of Connecticut School of Business Boasts Close Community and High ROI
Studying at the University of Connecticut School of Business means an individualized learning experience. With no more than 65 students per class, UConn MBA candidates benefit from a tight‐knit community in which alumni are highly engaged and faculty and staff know every student by name.
“We pride ourselves on a highly‐individualized approach,” explained Full‐time MBA Program Director, Meg Warren. “This is especially true when it comes to career advising. We sincerely believe in coaching for long‐term, enabling our students to gain the skills that will serve them well, long after they graduate.”
International students, who make up about half of the student population, are very successful at UConn and nearly all find jobs within three months of graduation. Students see their studies pay off with a 36% increase in base salaries upon graduation in 2014 versus 2013.
A high return on investment is a distinct advantage of studying at UConn. “Our annual in‐state (resident) tuition is less than $15,000 and, if you are from out of state, it is just above $30,000 per year, which is less expensive [than most MBA programs]. We don’t have students graduating with six figures of debt, and they are getting highly‐coveted jobs,” said Ms. Warren.
Every five to six years, the business school faculty redesigns the MBA curriculum and adapts its teaching methods for the current job market. The newest curriculum, for example, includes three specialized tracks—finance and investments, business analytics, and digital marketing strategies.
This latest design also includes a shift to a seven‐week module system, which exposes students to a greater variety of subject matter and allows them to learn from almost double the number of faculty members. Students can therefore truly benefit from the expertise of the faculty during their studies as well as for networking purposes after graduation.
Experiential learning is also a critical component of the UConn MBA program, and can be fulfilled in many ways, such as through a traditional summer internship or during the academic year under faculty supervision. Practical experience ensures that UConn graduates immediately add value to employers from day one.
New dual‐degree programs, which combine the MBA with a specialized master’s program, offer a distinct advantage for UConn MBAs, particularly international students. A couple of the specialized master’s programs are STEM‐based, meaning students can stay in the US to work for up to 29 months after they graduate. Talk about return on investment!