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Stresses And Synergies…. Pt vs. Ft MBA Programs AACSB – Graduate Programs St. Louis, MO Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University Jane Mutchler Associate Dean, Master’s Programs Diane M. Fennig Director Graduate Student Services History of Robinson

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pt vs ft mba programs aacsb graduate programs st louis mo

Stresses And Synergies….

Pt vs. Ft MBA Programs

AACSB – Graduate Programs

St. Louis, MO

robinson college of business at georgia state university
Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University
  • Jane Mutchler

Associate Dean, Master’s Programs

  • Diane M. Fennig

Director Graduate Student Services

history of robinson
History of Robinson

Georgia Tech-Evening School of Commerce

Focus on Working Professionals

Eve of the 90thAnniversary for the Robinson College of Business!


Campus Locations


Aderhold Learning Center



Facts & Figures - Graduate Programs

Flex MBA 1,900

Accredited by AACSB International


E-MBA 89

Other Master’s Programs 560

Doctoral 84

Led by approximately 200 faculty members

mba program rankings
MBA Program - Rankings

Flex Program

Ranked by U.S. New and World Report as 5th among all institutions and 1st among public institutions

Executive MBA

Ranked by Business Week as 20th in the world

mba programs
MBA Programs

MBA Offerings

Flex Full-Time

Flexible MBA




Executive MBA –


Flex Part-Time


Average Age

Work Experience


Flex MBA Average Age is 26 years

EMBA Average Age is 36 Years

Flex MBA: 87% have at least one year of full-time experience.

Average: 5 years

EMBA: 100% have at least 10 years of full-time working experience.

Average: 15 years

Flex MBA:

MeetingAdmission Standards


Meeting Admission Standards

Managerial Experience


MBA – Admission Statistics: Differences


0 – 9 hours foundation coursework

39 – 57 semester hours

12 hours - concentration 18 hours - major

20 - 24 hours core & required courses

6 hours electives

Flex-MBA Program


Flex - Master of Business Administration

18 Concentrations/Majors Offered


Actuarial Science

Decision Sciences


Electronic Commerce



General Business

Health Administration

Hospitality Administration

Human Resource Management

Information Systems

International Business



Personal Financial Planning

Real Estate

Risk Management & Insurance


Flex MBA Career Paths

Five New Career Paths:

Enterprise Risk Management

Accounting Information Systems Design & Assurance

Information Systems Consulting

International Business - Information Technology

International Entrepreneurship

flex mba program
Flex MBA Program
  • Can go full time or part time
  • Not Lock Step
  • 39-57 credit hours
  • 6 hours of electives required
  • International Study trip optional
  • Can take up to 5 years to complete
executive mba program
Executive MBA Program
  • Full-Time
  • Lock Step
  • 48 Credit Hours
  • No Electives
  • Required International Study Trip
  • Complete in two years

Admissions/Academic Advising

Graduate Student & Alumni Services

MBA Career Services

MBA Student Services

Flex and Executive MBA Programs

Combining the strengths of admissions, academic advising, and career services to support the career goals of graduate students and future alumni of the Robinson College of Business.

We are dedicated to providing excellent programs and services to support your commitment to your continued education.

mba student services executive mba program
MBA Student Services Executive MBA Program
  • Textbooks and other Materials Provided
  • Meals and Snacks Provided
  • Except for Airfare all Costs of International Trip Provided
  • Reception and Lecture Series held for Alumni
stresses and synergies flex versus executive
Stresses and Synergies Flex versus Executive
  • Very Different Programs
  • Very Different Costs
  • Very Different Missions
  • Very Different Services
  • Same Outstanding Faculty
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Stresses and Synergies Flex versus Executive

Executive MBA has its own support staff

Thus very little stress and very few synergies between the two programs

stresses and synergies flex program full time versus part time students
Stresses and Synergies Flex Program – Full Time versus Part Time Students
  • Same Program
  • Same Mission
  • Same Outstanding Faculty
  • Same Services
  • Different Demands/Needs
flex mba full time versus part time students
Flex – MBA Full Time versus Part Time Students

There are more similarities between PT and FT students than differences!

  • GMAT
  • GPA
  • Work Experience
  • Male vs. Female

These distributions are almost identical.

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Flex – MBA Full Time versus Part Time Students

The biggest differences are the ethnic distributions and the actual numbers of part-time vs. full time students.

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Flex – MBA Full Time versus Part Time Students

Asian students: 20% FT and 8% PT

African Americans students: 9% FT and 6% PT

Hispanic students: 3% FT and 2% PT

Caucasians students: 51% FT and 71% PT

Total Students: 30% FT and 70% PT


Flex MBA – FT versus PT Different Demands/Needs


Day Classes


Cohort Experiences

Career Management

Faculty Mentoring

Development of Soft Skills


Fellowships and Assistantships


Evening/Weekend Classes

Classes Close to Work or Home

Ability to Miss Classes


Services Outside Normal Hours

Some Career Management

Development of Soft Skills

manage the expectations
Manage the Expectations


…The Survey says…

  • Programming at Alpharetta Center
  • Graduate Business Association
  • Graduate Research Assistants
places to create more synergies

Program Design Opportunities – Flex MBA

Places to create more synergies…

orientation sessions

Tool to manage expectations of students

New tools for success as students return to the classroom

Orientation Sessions

Orientation Sessions

graduation survey
Graduation Survey
  • Use the graduation check-list as a post-survey instrument.
  • Ask about best practices…
career services

60% sponsored by current employer


want to use on –campus interviews

Our survey said:


We created:

A fresh design to workshops!


Potential MBA ONLY Career-Fair with four neighboring campuses.

Career Services
robinson college of business is committed to

…continuous improvement,

…the mission of the flexible MBA program,

…decreasing the stresses and

enhancing the synergies

Robinson College of Business is committed to…
contact information
Contact Information

Jane Mutchler –


Diane Fennig -



Thank you…

The Robinson College of Business

…offering the Flexible MBA to meet the needs of Working Professionals