Henderson State University’s School of Business has changed the pre-requisite structure for its more than 30-year-old Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with the introduction of bootcamps.
The MBA Bootcamp replaces all prerequisite courses so that a person without a business degree can begin the program quicker, and a student with undergraduate preparation in business can get “ramped up” on subject area that they may not remember well, said Dr. Lonnie Jackson, MBA director.
The most recent boot camp was held earlier this summer in Hot Springs to coincide with the start of the fall semester.
“Undergraduate students who took Introductory Accounting or Principles of Finance three or four years ago might not remember these principles,” Jackson said. “With the boot camp, we are able to ramp them back up quickly and ensure that all students are equally prepared for the rigors of graduate study.”
The School of Business also recognizes that a student with a STEM or other liberal arts degree has the analytical capability for an MBA program and the boot camp applies their knowledge to the specifics of the business world, Jackson said.
The MBA boot camp is a two-credit-hour course with online modules in accounting, finance, economics, analytics, marketing and management. Participants then meet for an intensive weekend of lectures, case study and team building exercises.
Jess Jacoby was one of the first boot camp participants.
“I found the boot camp really brought together concepts that I truly had forgotten in my undergraduate courses,” she said. “It created a team atmosphere and I got to meet all of my MBA professors and fellow students.”
The boot camp is offered at the Landmark Building in Hot Springs at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
For more information, contact Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org.