Northwood University Rolls Out Inaugural Online MBA Program in January

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New DeVos Graduate School program offered entirely online with no campus visits required, providing working professionals with graduate degree flexibility

This method allows students to optimize their success both as working professionals and as graduate students, letting them to balance the demands of work, home and study.

Designed for working professionals, the new, 24-month Online MBA program from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School can be completed entirely online with no on-site classroom attendance required. Enrollment is now open, with the first course starting in January 2015.

“Our new Online MBA classroom provides students and faculty with a flexible way to not only engage with one another but also capture learning via discussion boards, small group activities and deliverables through our carefully structured cohort-based approach,” explains Dr. Lisa Fairbairn, dean of the DeVos Graduate School. “This method allows students to optimize their success both as working professionals and as graduate students, letting them to balance the demands of work, home and study. It offers the same content and rigorous academic standards — and the same faculty — as our traditional graduate degree programs. The only difference is the delivery modality. We make no distinction between our on-campus and online graduate students.”

The flexible program requires students to complete 36 semester hours of credit and achieve a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average. This translates into 12 courses to complete the degree — or, roughly 6 courses per year.

According to Fairbairn, students enrolled in Northwood University’s new Online MBA track can expect to spend between 15 and 20 hours a week studying, completing assignments, participating in online activities and engaging in discussion and collaboration with classmates. The program is designed for students to take one course at a time so they can place their focus on one subject area, while building on the knowledge they have obtained from previous courses and allowing them to continue on their career path during their studies.

“One of the benefits of completing your MBA online is flexibility,” Fairbairn says. “It allows the students to decide what time works for them to complete the necessary deliverables and engage in discussions with their cohort and faculty. It’s the best of both worlds.”

For more information on Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School’s new Online MBA program, visit, email devos(at)northwood(dot)edu or call 800.622.9000.

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

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