After comparing MBA programs, many students choose University of Michigan—Dearborn for the unbeatable triumvirate of “value, location, and name brand” its College of Business offers. The program is geared toward part-time students, and the combination of “evening and online MBA classes are perfect for professionals already in the workforce.” Courses begin three times a year (in September, January, and May), and through the “flexible online program,” students can take as many (or as few) classes as fit their schedule. Core courses cover all functional business areas and comprise more than half the forty-eight units of required course work; however, students with undergraduate business degrees may be eligible to waive core course work, thereby completing the program in less time. After the core, students can choose to take various electives, or complete a concentration in finance, international business, marketing, supply chain management, investment, human resource mangement, information systems, or accounting. But the program is definitely open to students of all undergraduate majors and all levels of Professional experience. The college has long maintained a strong local reputation (not to mention, it boasts the excellent University of Michigan name). Even so, students say things are always improving: “In the last few years, the program has become increasingly relevant and well-suited for graduate studies.”
Just as they praise the college’s dean, UMD students are pleased to report that the administration is “very accommodating and helpful,” assisting students with everything from scheduling to academic advising. With a fairly large student body, it “can be difficult to get into popular classes, but the college has offered several options to help students get the classes they need.” For students who take their classes on campus, the facilities are modern, and the school “provides the variety and excellence expected of a satellite campus of a world-class university.” And, like the academic offerings, facilities are consistently improving. For example, the school opened a trading floor on campus in 2010, which helps bring real-world capacities to finance and accounting courses, in addition to being open for general use.
In terms of faculty, “there is a wide range of professor capability at this school.” Many “are clearly experts in their fields,” while others are less prepared for their important posts. On the whole, however, professors are “friendly and easily approachable” and “lectures are well-organized, and there is plenty of opportunity provided for discussion on topics of current interest.” With an average of sixteen students in each classroom, “small class sizes help the interaction between students and professors, as well as among our peers.” If you’d like assistance outside of class, “most of the professors will give you their home telephone number to reach them if you can’t make office hours. They are as committed to us as we are to learning.”