The University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business will offer a new class schedule for its Executive MBA program which will minimize time away from work and family.
Starting from September 2016, students will come to the campus every other week on back-to-back Fridays and Saturdays limiting the number of times they have to commute to the campus as students of the current format attend classes once a week. Furthermore, Friday will be condensed by 2 hours to 6 hours. Classes will start in the afternoon just after lunch at PM 1:00 allowing students to spend their Friday morning to wind down their workweeks. As Friday classes will finish in early evening, students will be able to conveniently go home with lighter traffic.
Although the time spent is reduced from 32 to 28 hours per month, the content of the program will remain identical. Students will have additional coursework during the period between class sessions such as video lectures, take-home case studies or online discussions.
"This new delivery model will provide the flexibility our students tell us they need," said Dave Boush executive director of the Oregon Executive MBA . "The redesigned schedule will make the program available to professionals in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and beyond who have wanted to take on the challenge of a top-tier MBA program but weren’t previously able to balance it with their other commitments."
Lundquist gathered feedback from faculty members and current students as well as fact-finding interviews with administrators of similar programs throughout the U.S.
"This reorganization is the result of a full year of research, interviews, thoughtful evaluation, and careful planning," said Julianna Sowash, director of marketing and executive admissions of the EMBA program.
52 students enrolled in the Oregon Executive MBA program this Fall, the largest class since its inception in 1985. Additionally, the program will move to a new 37 million, six-story building in Portland's Old Town Chinatown in June 2015.
The cost of the 20-month Executive MBA program is $74,500. The program features a concierge-style services and a mandatory global study trip.