By Maggie Vancampen and Sam Combest–

The University of Louisville College of Business has introduced its first 100 percent online MBA program.

Kristen Lucas, assistant dean of Program Innovation & Strategic Initiatives said, “Prospective students will complete an online application form. They also must submit a resume, personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and college transcripts. GMAT scores are required; but waivers may be granted if student fit certain criteria.”

Richard Germain, associate dean for graduate programs, said, “The number of suppliers in the Online MBA space is significant and the market is starting to fill up considerably.”

Germain said admission requirements for this new program are the same as other master programs except for the Executive MBA offered with the University of Kentucky. He said the admissions process for the MS in Business Analytics and the Master of Accountancy were slightly different too.
A U of L press release said the program will also offer an optional 10-day international study trip and other certificate opportunities. Students could finish the program in five semesters depending on their dual-status classes.

The press release said, “The launch of the online MBA program is part of a university-wide effort to provide flexible in-demand degrees that serve working adults and the professional community.”

Gale Rhodes, vice provost and executive director at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, said, “We continuously strive to launch innovative and career-focused programs that benefit adult learners and the community.”

“We will allow online MBA students to take seated MBA electives and graduate certificate courses toward their degree and to allow seated MBA students to take online and graduate certificate courses to count toward their degree. Additional online graduate level certificates programs are in various stages of development,” Germain said.
The program is set to officially launch Aug. 2019 with applications due by Aug. 1.