Lasell advances with PMBA Reply

Emily Kochanek – News Editor

As Lasell moves closer to the deadline of “Vision 2017,” the graduate department has unveiled its new Professional Masters of Business and Administration (MBA) program, one of the few in the state. 

The program has been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and will be implemented for the Fall 2014 semester.

“The school hopes to market to working professionals with at least three years prior experience in a supervisory position in business,” said Dr. Nancy Waldron, Chair of Marketing and Management, a co-developer of the program.

The program will last four semesters and each semester is dictated by a modular system that offers nine credits. Waldron found a modular system that ran 15 weeks and introduced three sub-courses was the best way to make the program applicable for working professionals. “We did a lot of research on what we wanted to develop,” said Waldron. The team of developers “needed to be distinctive in some way” to stand apart from other professional MBA programs.

The modular system, including a “cohort” model, moves quickly as well as creates professional bonds with classmates. All students registered together will stay within all their modules until they graduate from the program. Multiple professors will teach, one for each course within each module. Graduate Dean of Admissions
Joan Dolamore said, “Our main concern is that there is a seamless move from one section to another.” Professors will teach individually for four weeks then co-teach with another professor for the fifth week, introducing the module and professor
for the next five weeks.

So far, two students have enrolled in the Fall program and there are seven other applicants. Dolamore hopes to see 20 students apply. Interest in a professional MBA program continues to grow. Dolamore believes Lasell will move ahead of other
schools by implementing “strong student support, connected learning, and small class sizes.”

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