UK and UofL Working on Joint Executive MBA
Video courtesy of University of Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 22, 2013) — Kentucky’s two largest business schools are developing a plan to offer the state’s first joint master of business administration (MBA) program for executives.
David Blackwell, dean of the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics, and Charles Moyer, dean of the University of Louisville’s College of Business, announced the initiative today at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Business Summit and Annual Meeting at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.
UK and UofL have agreed in principle to create a new MBA to prepare experienced mid-level executives for senior leadership. The program would be open to executives from both profit and not-for-profit organizations and would likely start in Fall 2014 subject to normal approval processes at both universities.
Classes would be held every other weekend to allow students to keep their existing jobs.
“The most innovative schools grow and adapt with the changing needs of their students and their job markets," Gov. Steve Beshear said. "By collaborating to address this developing need, UK and UofL will deliver the best curriculum that each of their institutions has to offer. Students will get a tailored education greater than the sum of its parts—and better yet, it will be close to home.”
Faculty members at the two schools still need to flesh out courses for the program, which would be about 17 months long. Half of the courses would take place in Louisville and half in Lexington, with UofL and UK also splitting teaching duties, revenue and expenses.
“We’re excited to partner with UofL on this important initiative," said UK President Eli Capilouto. "With these two outstanding business schools working together, the best business education will be more accessible to more of our citizens, providing a well-prepared workforce for Kentucky industries and businesses.”
About 250 students at UofL and 175 students at UK are now pursuing an MBA degree. The joint program could add 40 to 45 new MBA students a year, mostly from the Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati metropolitan areas, Moyer and Blackwell said.
“This program would give students a unique opportunity to learn from the best faculty members at the state’s two leading business schools and draw on a large pool of business leadership resources in Kentucky’s two largest metropolitan areas,” Moyer said.
The new MBA also would enhance Kentucky’s business climate by allowing its emerging senior leaders to obtain an advanced education on their own turf, Blackwell said.
“In the past, many rising executives have had to leave the state to find a quality MBA program,” he said. “This would allow them to pursue a world-class program right here at home.”
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