Simmons College in Boston has announced its plan to discontinue its on-campus MBA programs and move them online.
The Fall 2015 incoming MBA and Health Care MBA (HCMBA) classes will be the final fully on-campus student intake for these programs. All students applying for MBA and HCMBA admission in March 2016 will be considered for admission to the online programs. Both programs will be available to male and female students.
Simmons College has partnered with 2U, an online education platform provider, to transition the programs online. 2U will also bring its experience in career placement for students. Both parties have already collaborated together in the past with the launch of nursing and social work online programs.
"Today, women are recruited aggressively for the MBA wherever it is offered," Wrote Simmons Provost Katie Conboy in an online post. "An ongoing challenge for businesswomen is their very busy schedules, which require balancing many demands and can complicate their ability to travel to a campus to complete their degree."
The decision of shuttering the 40-year-old, U.S. women-only program comes at a bad time as the White House had a convening of 47 business schools last month for women in business. The Boston Globe reported that Simmons College faces significant debts and declining enrollment in the MBA program over years. 105 students are currently enrolled in the MBA program. Many alumnae were concerned about the value of the Simmons MBA.
Ewha Womans University in South Korea is now the only AACSB-accredited school to offer an MBA for women in the world.