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Pursuing a master’s degree is a challenging yet unequivocally rewarding career step professionals can make to differentiate themselves within a vast and highly competitive job market. For those that are ready to embark on this career journey, Cameron’s graduate programs are here and excited to help guide you in pursuing your professional aspirations! The Cameron School of Business offers four options of MBA Programs, allowing program candidates to dive into the curriculum that best fits their schedules, learning style and goals.

Once admitted into the program, students will discover that their cohort of peers will also be professionally focused, highly engaged and driven to succeed. Ranging from freshly graduated with their bachelor’s degree to mid and executive-level professionals, the diverse range of experience within the programs only enriches the totality of the graduate program experience within the Cameron School of Business. One of our students, Stephen Butler MD, is currently enrolled in our Executive MBA Program. Although all of the coursework is completed online, he said: “I feel as though I am participating fully in a traditional MBA program, but the program is tailored to me personally as a deeply experienced and mature student, with established experience in the field looking to augment it.”

Your peers in the program will help make the experience all that you hope it to be, through the comradery of progressing to graduation upon completion of your program requirements. Those that stand alongside you through the program know first-hand what you are going through, and can be your biggest support. Have you ever considered challenging yourself in one of our programs with someone near and dear to your heart? Stephen Butler took on such a challenge and is currently completing his program alongside his daughter, Laura Fox. “We motivate each other and hold each other accountable. There is definitely a component of competition between us. We spend a lot of time at our kitchen table together completing our work, testing each other on our command of the material, and discussing it. We are partners in the process, and as a result, we are both engaged at a higher level than if we were enrolled alone.” This program is a great fit for both Stephen and his daughter Laura, although they vary in experience and planned applications for the curriculum, the bond they share in wanting to achieve their goals keeps them moving forward-- together.

With the decision between four different MBA programs, we frequently get asked which program is the right choice for you. Although each program may be better for a different type of student, we have a few common themes that might aid you in your decision making:

1. Designed for Working Professionals – Three of our programs (the Online MBA, the Professional MBA, and the Executive MBA) are all designed for the working professionals. In fact, a minimum of two years of professional experience is a requirement for each of these programs. The average age of the students in our MBA programs is approximately 33-34 years old. Seasoned professionals really like our programs, in part, because they are surrounded by like-minded mature students versus solely individuals having recently completed their undergrad experience.

2. Rigorous Coursework –At UNCW we don’t ease up on the rigor because many of the classes are taught online. Our classes are taught in compressed seven-week sessions. In this format, students spend between 15-20 hours a week on class activities. The coursework can be demanding, but the benefit is that students learn an enormous amount that they can take back to their jobs. For the students interested in a mixed educational experience, the professional MBA program offers a hybrid format. This allows for one day a week of on campus classes, paired with the remainder of the weekly coursework completed online.

3. Great Value – Regardless of which MBA program students choose, our programs represent a tremendous value when measured by the quality of the education and the prices of comparable programs. The reputation of the Cameron School of Business continues to build as time goes on, and is AACSB accredited. Our MBA programs have in state tuition rates that range between $15,700 for our online MBA, $19,700 for our professional MBA, and approximately $24,000 for our executive MBA program. These price points give you a great value for the knowledge base you’ll receive. This is why Cameron ranks so highly on the affordability scale.

If you’re ready to accept the notable challenge of pursuing a graduate level degree at the Cameron School of Business, then we are ready to support you 100% with the MBA Program that can help you meet your goals. The Cameron School of Business promotes all that are eager to enhance their career to apply. For more information about our programs, visit https://csb.uncw.edu/grad/index.html
 
Robert T. Burrus, Jr., Ph.D., is the dean of the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, named in June 2015. Burrus joined the UNCW faculty in 1998. Prior to his current position, Burrus was interim dean, associate dean of undergraduate studies and the chair of the department of economics and finance. Burrus earned a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics from Wake Forest University. The Cameron School of Business has approximately 60 full-time faculty members and 20 administrative and staff members. The AACSB-accredited business school currently enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students in three degree programs and 200 graduate students in four degree programs. The school also houses the prestigious Cameron Executive Network, a group of more than 200 retired and practicing executives that provide one-on-one mentoring for Cameron students. To learn more about the Cameron School of Business, please visit http://csb.uncw.edu/. Questions and comments can be sent to [email protected]. 

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