Stetson University offers fast-paced MBA programs for working professionals on three of its four central Florida campuses. In broad strokes, the Stetson MBA is divided into the following areas: foundational course work (or prerequisite courses), advanced course work, and electives. Stetson’s is a general MBA, so students do not have the option of selecting an area of concentration; however, they can tailor their education through elective courses in fields like decision science, finance, management, information technology, and marketing.
Stetson offers the MBA degree on their main campus in DeLand, as well as on their campuses in Celebration (Orlando) and Gulfport. In all locations, the school offers a “great class schedule” for working professionals, with MBA courses offered once a week in the evenings. While Stetson’s Professional MBA allows students to take as many courses as fit their schedule, the Accelerated MBA is both fast and efficient. Students who have already fulfilled the prerequisites can complete the program in just over a year by attending full-time. Even part-time students often finish the entire MBA in just two years of study. (Stetson will review an applicant’s undergraduate transcript to estimate how many prerequisite courses are required; often, students with an undergraduate degree in business are required to complete fewer courses.) In addition to the traditional MBA, Stetson offers a challenging, cohort-based, 51-credit hour Executive MBA (more than four years of work experience is required for this program) on the school’s Celebration campus. The school also offers a joint MBA/JD at Gulfport, which can be completed at lightening speed: just three years for both degrees, start to finish.
A recommendation in itself, many students come to Stetson’s graduate business program after completing their undergraduate degree at the college. Indeed, Stetson’s graduate programs retain many of the qualities—like intimacy and friendliness—that define the undergraduate experience. A particular advantage, the Stetson MBA is a relatively small program, giving students excellent access to their professors, and an emphasis on “one-on-one discussions.” Even more importantly, “the professors are excellent and outstanding mentors on campus,” providing insight and support to their students. While many professors are accomplished professionals, they are “dedicated to the educational services, not busy with their own research.” Course delivery is in-person (not online), but professors incorporate technology, using Blackboard software to post syllabi, assignments, grades, and, occasionally, discussion forums online.
Located in central Florida, students at Stetson enjoy proximity to both local businesses and the beach—and everyone loves Florida’s year-round sunny weather. On the main campus, the Lynn Business Center is equipped with high-speed Internet and numerous computer terminals. Despite the nice campus environment, prospective students should be aware that Stetson’s MBA is principally designed for working professionals, so most students come to campus for class—and nothing more. Accordingly, some students would like to see “more of a sense of community” at Stetson, as “the campus is a ghost town on the weekends.” However, the school has placed great emphasis on student life and student activities in recent years.