Longwood University’s nationally ranked MBA program is online, but over a long weekend every summer students gather on campus to network and get to know their professors. This year’s weekend, called the MBA residency, featured an exciting array of activities and presentation designed to build relationships within the program.
Highlights of this year’s residency included a book discussion of The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti, a ropes course, case analyses, advising, student presentations, the Major Field Test (MFT, for students who are graduating) and an awards dinner to recognize MFT performance and other award winners.
The residency enables students to develop their cohort learning community, work face-to-face with MBA faculty and learn from industry experts and other guest speakers. Students live on-campus during the weekend, eat together in the dining hall and have access to all Longwood facilities. There is no additional cost for the residency.
All of the students enrolled in the MBA program, about 45, attended along with the new dean of the College of Business and Economics, Dr. Timothy O’Keefe, who began his duties July 10.
The MBA program was ranked second-best in the country, and the best in Virginia, earlier this year by Value Colleges, which cited its low per-credit cost, experienced faculty and strong student support. Also this year, the real estate department in the College of Business and Economics, which collaborates with one of two concentrations in the MBA program, was ranked No. 16 worldwide by the journal Real Estate Literature.
In an effort to provide greater flexibility to students, most of whom work full time, Longwood’s MBA program transitioned to an online format in 2010. The program features concentrations in real estate and general business.