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.”
Aside from the school’s noted strength in entrepreneurship, the MBA curriculum trains students in business fundamentals, beginning with 24 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.
Masters of time management, most students “take a balanced approach to life,” splitting their time between career obligations, coursework, and personal life. There are “a lot of commuters” so there is “not a whole lot of socializing” between MBA students on campus. Most “people show up for their class and leave,” though they occasionally linger in the “computer labs, study areas, and meeting with class team members.” Home to almost over 14,000 students, UMKC’s vibrant campus is located in the Rockhill area of Kansas City. In their free time, students can easily access the range of cultural, recreational, shopping, and dining options around town.