The Hybrid MBA Program Experience: Electives

Today’s blog post is another in a series of blog posts that shed light on the Hybrid MBA Program experience. This series will focus on a variety of topics, including the Immersions, Foster Live sessions, on-campus activities, study teamscareer management resources and more.  Today’s topic: electives

As part of the Hybrid MBA Program, students will have the ability to enhance their academic studies by electing some of their courses in the second year. Students will elect five, 2-credit courses in addition to being enrolled in required core courses.

How will the process work?

Electives are an opportunity for students to choose from a menu of course options that are outside of the core program requirements. During the first quarter of the Hybrid MBA Program, students will participate in a preference survey to determine areas of knowledge that are most interesting to them. From there the Program Team will work with faculty to determine availability and course topics that are feasible to offer as electives. Early in the Spring Quarter students will receive a list of elective courses by quarter so that they can begin to plan their course work for year two. Here is how it plays out quarter-by-quarter:

AUTUMN, YEAR 1
Students submit a course interest survey
SPRING, YEAR 1
Students receive a list of electives that will be offered, by quarter, for year two
END OF SPRING, YEAR 1
Students select one course from the Autumn elective list to take in Autumn of year two
AUTUMN, YEAR 2
Students select two courses from the Winter elective list to take in Winter, year two
WINTER, YEAR 2
Students select two courses from the Spring elective list to take in Spring, year two

What are the elective courses?

Elective courses are determined based on the interest survey students complete in Quarter 1. Based on market research when creating this program, and feedback we’ve received from applicants, the areas of highest interest include: Finance, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Leadership and Data Analytical courses.

Here is a breakdown on the number of elective courses offered each quarter:

AUTUMN, YEAR 2
three elective courses offered – students choose one course
WINTER, YEAR 2
four elective courses offered – students choose two courses
SPRING, YEAR 2
four elective courses offered – students choose two courses

It is important to note that most of the elective courses will only be offered once during the second year depending on interest and faculty availability.

To see the full 2-year journey, download the Hybrid MBA student experience infographic

(Thank you Ann Mary of Hybrid MBA Class 1 for submitting her question around electives! Ann Mary, look for a coffee canister in your mailbox soon!)