What makes the JMU Innovation MBA program special?
Integrating innovative coursework into the curriculum. Several thematic courses have been added to the core curriculum and a wide variety of electives address pertinent issues from the different functional areas.
Solid coverage of business fundamentals. While we stress the importance of innovation throughout the program, we also realize that managers must have a solid understanding of the business fundamentals to be successful.
Format designed to fit students' fast-paced, complicated lives. This is a part-time program designed to be completed in two years by a cohort of students. Faculty utilize the most cutting-edge teaching techniques in classrooms and online to deliver a 'blended' format of instruction where students meet face-to-face with faculty once every three weeks in Harrisonburg during a week night, meet online in a synchronous format the other weeks, and utilize other advanced asynchronous teaching
Global Experience. The Cultural Awareness Experience course includes an international trip, where students will learn about cultural differences in a way that cannot be accomplished in a classroom. The location of these trips will vary yearly and will include destinations such as China, India or Europe. The international trip will include numerous visits to both business and cultural sites. The cost of the trip, excluding airfare, is included in tuition.
Leadership Development Program. The theme of our program, "Leading through Innovation with Technology and People," starts with leadership. In addition to learning about leadership theories in class, students will participate in a Leadership Development Program throughout the program. Students will focus on self-assessment, program/career goals, team building and specific leadership skills. Students will be evaluated on their leadership and team-building skills during all the group projects throughout program, via 360-degree feedback from other students.