Inside Spring Hill College’s Online MBA.
It’s easy to see why students are opting in record numbers for an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. From convenience to focused coursework, these degrees are often vital to help shape the next steps in a professional career.
According to PrincetonReview.com, it’s also important to research on-demand MBA fields. Among those are supply chain management (SCM), the central focus of Spring Hill’s MBA program.
Now in its second year, it has grown from 38 students to 96 in the fall 2018 semester. Division of Business Graduate Program Director, Sam Khoury, PhD, says the focus on real world, hands-on experience and scheduling flexibility helps make the courses work for students.
But what does it take to evolve a program so students can distinguish themselves in the competitive business world?
Khoury reveals what’s behind the program’s continued success.
Q: The MBA program started with Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Why that focus?
A: Since the Mobile area has a large number of logistics and transportation firms, especially with the new distribution and sorting centers moving into the area, we wanted to offer a program that met the needs of the local area. Also, there’s a significant shortage of logistics and SCM professionals for positions worldwide. Our program helps address this shortage.
Q: Now in year two, you’re adding a focus on Leadership and Ethics. Will that be a separate MBA degree program?
A: No, it is a separate track in the MBA. All students would complete the same seven core courses and three courses in their area of specialization. There are a total of 10 classes in the MBA. Regardless of either track, students will earn an MBA with a concentration in either Logistics/SCM or in Leadership and Ethics.
Q: Describe how students interact with faculty to get the most out of their online degree.
A: Students interact with faculty through either live sessions or discussion boards. Also, faculty use narrated PowerPoint presentations, recorded videos, and other interactive tools to keep students engaged throughout the program of study. To ensure academic integrity, students will take proctored exams that record students while taking exams, using their webcam and microphone to record both audio and video.
Q: Share the kind of faculty who teach the Spring Hill online MBA courses.
A: The faculty that teach in the program have extensive experience in the field. For example, I have 12 years of logistics management experience through the U.S. Air Force. Also, several of the faculty are active in research and have published in leading peer-reviewed journals. Faculty are carefully selected and trained on how to deliver effective online course instruction. They are also assessed in every course to ensure continued development and teaching effectiveness.
Q: What have some of your graduates accomplished after they’ve completed the program?
A: Those accomplishments range from promotions to new, more challenging positions with other companies. For example, a student from the Coast Guard was promoted after earning his graduate certificate, which is an option available to MBA students that complete the concentration requirements before earning the MBA.
Q: How do you hope to see the program growing in the next five years?
A: We are in the process of developing another concentration in Project Management, launching in 2019. We also hope to enroll students throughout the U.S. and other countries and then continue the program growth in a host of other business concentrations.
If you would like more information about Spring Hill's online MBA program visit SHC.edu/MBA.