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A CMBA for Floridians

There is no better time to get an MBA than now. The expected median starting salary for MBA graduates in the U.S. is $100,000, up 5 percent over last year. Compare that to job candidates with a bachelor’s degree, who can expect to start at half that amount. The online Corporate Master of Business Administration at Florida International University (FIU) was designed for working professionals who are ready to move up in their careers. The CMBA at FIU offers people with jobs the flexibility to tailor school around their lives instead of trying to arrange life around school.

For people working full time who want to further their careers without sacrificing quality of life, the CMBA program at FIU is a perfect fit. Coursework in the CMBA program is available around the clock so students have access when and where best suits their needs. The online program allows you to access coursework from any location with an internet connection, from airports to coffee shops.

One former CMBA student, Lucas Canning, says that he would have never been able to attain a CMBA if it were not for the online program at FIU. “Because of the flexibility it afforded me, I was able to meet my family obligations and my work obligations. The fact that this program was available online was nothing short of a minor miracle for me, because it allowed me to reach my educational goals in the timeframe I expected; that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.”

Even though classes are online, interaction with faculty is still essential for students, and the online program at FIU allows students easy access to instructors. Canning says every one of his professors was available to him, even on weekends, and they were always willing to answer his emails and phone calls.

According to Sarah Youbi, another FIU graduate, the CMBA online program allowed her to move up the corporate ladder and enabled her to fit studies around her work schedule. “I wanted a program that let me do what I needed when I needed to do it without restricting me for class times and things like that,” she says. “So that’s how I selected my master’s program.”

The CMBA program at FIU dispels the myth about the lack of peer interaction in online education. The program offered Youbi the opportunity to interact with students from different backgrounds. “It definitely opened my eyes to different cultures. Different lifestyles meant different answers. We got to see how people do business differently. It was really interesting.”

Top-notch faculty and a world-class program have led AACSB-accredited FIU to be named in the top 50 Best Online MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report. FIU professors have adapted their on-campus corporate MBA program curriculum to an online format, so students can be confident they are getting the same education they would from on-campus classes. According to CBS News Money Watch, research by the U.S. Department of Education shows that students in online-learning conditions perform better on tests and earn higher grades than those who receive face-to-face instruction, as they have more opportunity to digest the information at their own pace.

The quality of instruction, accessibility to instructors and the ability to complete an MBA in as few as 18 months make the FIU CMBA an attractive alternative for working adults.

Learn more about the FIU online MBA program.


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