The “dynamic community” at the University of Missouri—Kansas City unites some of the brightest business minds in the region. Academically, the school’s MBA is known for its “outstanding entrepreneurship and innovation program,” which was developed to compliment the growing number of new ventures and technology companies in the local area. Kansas City, together with several other Midwestern cities, is sometimes dubbed the “Silicon Prairie,” and “there is a feeling that everyone at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management is a part of a larger movement in Kansas City to be officially known as the entrepreneurship capital of the United States.” Those ties to the community are a huge strength of the program, and students praise the “local business community and their willingness to contribute to classes and research.” A current student shares, “My involvement with the UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recently helped me win a business planning contest valued at $100,000. I now have the opportunity to connect with the leading business men and women in my city.”
Aside from the school’s noted strength in entrepreneurship, the MBA curriculum trains students in business fundamentals, beginning with twenty-four credit hours of core coursework in key topics like marketing, management, and economics. After completing the core, students take fifteen credits of electives, with the option of pursuing a concentration in entrepreneurship, finance, general management, international business, leading and managing people, management information systems, marketing, or supply chain and operations management. While the faculty includes some “world-class researchers,” “UMKC is not as heavy on theory, but they are VERY strong on practical.” Professional students can immediately take knowledge and skills back to the workplace, as coursework focuses on “activities applicable to real-world situations.” Students explain that even their employers regard UMKC as “the best business school at preparing students for the job” in the Kansas City area.
On campus, “UMKC offers a big-city feel with a suburban community and attitude, meaning the faculty and students are down-to-earth and the quality of the education is up to Ivy League standards.” Speaking of the Ivy League, students dole out praises for their experienced and well-educated faculty, saying instructors are “engaging, intelligent, and fair.” Most have “great real world experience they can draw on,” which makes their lectures more applicable. These professors ultimately serve as valuable “resources for future opportunities” as well. A student adds, “The Bloch School professors are a cut above the rest. They are always there when you need them, and [they] are practical in their project assignment.” Convenience and affordability make the UMKC programs all the more attractive. “Most students are working while in the program,” so they appreciate the school’s flexible evening schedule, while the “affordable” in-state tuition is the icing on the cake.