JMU adds new MBA option


The James Madison University Board of Visitors recently approved a new executive leadership concentration within the university's MBA program. This program plans to enroll its first cohort in Fall 2015 and will be offered as a synchronous, online program accompanied by residencies in the Northern Virginia area.

The new and uniquely focused MBA concentration fills a gap in the MBA market for individuals who want more than a generic, traditional part-time MBA and who are not at the corporate level required to enroll in a traditional executive MBA program.  The program is designed for mid-level managers with a minimum of five to ten years of professional work experience who desire rapid career advancement. Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and tools required to successfully lead through change. 

“The intensive focus on leadership development, developing talent, and leading through change, along with the targeted audience and synchronous learning format, for which our InfoSec MBA is already well-known, sets this program apart from other programs in the MBA space,” said Dr. Michael Busing, professor and director of MBA programs at JMU. 

Dr. Mary Gowan, dean of JMU's College of Business, adds, “We are very excited to offer this new MBA concentration as part of our already nationally recognized suite of MBA programs. The research we conducted in developing this program showed a need in the DC area for this mid-level focused program.” 

In addition to coursework, students will work with faculty and business leaders to solve high-level problems.  This collaborative and hands-on component is yet another unique part of this online program and ensures students have the opportunity to be deeply engaged in the learning process.

The 14 required courses can be completed in 28 months and includes synchronous online instruction paired with a limited number of face-to-face residencies in McLean, Va., on Saturdays.

For more information about the program, contact the MBA Program at or by phone at 540-568-3058.

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Jan. 20, 2015

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Published: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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