The Online MBA (OMBA) is a cohort-based program that leverages the most advanced online learning tools and approaches to prepare you for leadership roles in today’s technology driven business world. If you are searching for a select cohort of students from a diverse set of professional backgrounds and expert faculty who teach both online and on-campus courses, we have what you want.
The flexibility of the program is ideal for students who work full time and are unable to attend in-person courses with regularity, yet still wish to earn an MBA degree.
The OMBA program prepares you with the quantitative, analytical and strategic skills that you will need to identify strategic market opportunities. Students will work on exciting business problems across disciplines that will prepare them to start their own business as well as succeed in an organization.
What is Included?
Work in Virtual Teams
All students will be in teams and will meet virtually for group projects, study sessions, course work, etc. The technology that allows us to do this is through Zoom which will be used for our synchronous/virtual class sessions. During the Orientation we will have a training session on how to work in virtual teams through our platform.
All students can come to campus and engage in all of our networking events. Additionally, we will have virtual networking events that will allow OMBA students as well as our other MBA students to meet with alumni in the virtual classroom through guest speakers, panel discussions, and more.
Students are required to participate in a three-day orientation on campus and at the Long Beach Marriott Courtyard. The focus of the orientation is to prepare the student to work in teams, master the Harvard case discussion method, begin the preparation for their career post-graduation and most importantly, to learn how to use the online platform. During the orientation, students get to know faculty, fellow students and alumni of the program and begin to work in teams. The orientation is included in the cost of the program.
Career planning and management are an important benefit of the OnlineMBA. Students begin their career planning after they have been admitted and support continues for up to a year after graduation. Students work with a career advisor on identifying career goals and developing a job search strategy, as well as resume writing, interviewing, and other important career skills.
At the end of the program, OMBA students and faculty travel abroad, to investigate business from a global perspective. The trip is a required course (GBA 690) to graduate from the program. The trip will be partially funded through the program.
Destinations have included Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Denmark, and Estonia to investigate best practices in these parts of the world as well as the challenges and opportunities for global business. Policy about trip attendance (PDF).
Virtual Teams and Networking in the Online MBA Program
For group work, all students will be in teams and will meet virtually for group projects, study sessions, course work, etc. The technology that allows us to do this is through Zoom – this technology is similar to SKYPE and will be used for our synchronous/virtual class sessions. One of the sessions during the Orientation at the beginning of the program will be to train students on how to work in virtual teams through our platform. This is a great preparation for students who want to work in a global environment as fewer and fewer companies are sending their employees around the world for meetings but instead are using technology to bring virtual teams together.
For networking, students will be able to come to campus and be engaged in all of our networking events including our Alumni mixers, etc. Additionally, through our career team we will be doing virtual networking events that will allow OMBA students as well as our other MBA students to meet with alumni in the virtual classroom through guest speakers, panel discussions, and more.
Please review Admission Information for General Application Requirements for the program.