Interview: George Barnes, Global MBA Program, The University of Texas at Dallas

George Barnes, Director for the Global MBA Online program, School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas joins us today to discuss their program.

Tell us about the Global MBA Online program (GMBA), in the School of Management, at The University of Texas at Dallas.

The Global MBA Online is an online extension of the 53-hour Professional (part-time), campus-based, MBA program. As such, courses are drawn from the same curriculum, are taught by the same full-time faculty, and are offered each of three semesters/year.

What is the duration of the GMBA program?

As an extension of the part-time program, GMBA students proceed at their own pace. Taking 2 courses each semester would permit completion in just over 3 years. A student must complete the MBA program in no more than 6 years.

What would you say makes GMBA program different and better than other comparable online MBA programs?

The GMBA is accredited and anchored by the same full-time faculty that teach in the campus programs. It is flexible and requires no residency.

Proctored exams required in some courses can be taken at an institution of higher education or testing center in a city of the student's choice.

Faculty work one-on-one with instructional designers, and a production studio located in the School of Management is used to ensure high quality audio-streaming and video files.

There is some debate as to whether or not online MBA degrees are as worthwhile as campus-based MBA's. What steps does The University of Texas at Dallas take to ensure that online students are receiving the same education that they'd receive in a classroom?

The online MBA students are taught by the same full-time faculty as students in the campus-based program. Courses, drawn from the same curriculum, are offered on the same semester-basis, and feature the same approaches to instruction as the campus-based courses: lectures, written assignments, group projects, exams and media-assisted peer to peer and peer to instructor discussions - some real-time, but most asynchronous. The comparable quality control across MBA degree programs permits GMBA students to be awarded the MBA without any "online" notation.

What would you say are some of the benefits of earning a MBA degree online rather than in a traditional classroom?

Benefits of the online approach rather than the traditional classroom include:

  • The program requires the student to participate in virtual teams, engage in self-directed learning, and utilize time management skills, all of which are required to function in today's business environment
  • Time flexibility for students who are working, have travel conflicts or personal/family issues that prevent them from attending a class at a regular fixed time and day
  • Students can continue to pursue their degree even when transferred to another city/country.

Does University of Texas at Dallas offer any job placement services to your students and graduates?

The job placement services of the School of Management are available to all degree-seeking students and alumni.

Is financial aid available to students in your programs?

UT-Dallas financial aid is available to all degree-seeking students, online or campus-based.

Do you have any advice for students enrolling in an online class for the first time?

Take a self-assessment dealing with such issues as type of learner, comfort level using technology, absence of face-to-face contact, and self-discipline. The GMBA website features a 10-question self-assessment for prospective students.

What qualities and/or accomplishments do you look for when admitting students to your program?

Pre-requisites are the same as for the campus-based Professional (part-time) MBA degree program: undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, standardized exam (preferably the GMAT), computer literacy and an adequate level of math to take the quantitative core courses. No special accomplishments are required such as a certain number of years of working experience.

To Request more information about the Global MBA Online program available through The University of Texas at Dallas, Go here to visit them online.

Thank you George, for sharing and participating in this piece for Online Degrees 2.0

That concludes our interview!

About George Barnes

"The Global MBA Online dispels time and place as obstacles to earning a degree and extends delivery of the School's existing MBA resources to students who can't commit to regularly scheduled classes on campus. These students " really our customers " are people who may live outside the UTD geographic area or travel extensively for their organizations. They may also have relocated to other cities prior to finishing their UTD degrees."

- George Barnes, Director, Global MBA Online, And Senior Lecturer, International Management

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