Professional (Part-time) MBA Program Adds Morning Cohort
Kogod's Professional MBA (PMBA) program is now for morning people. Beginning next fall, a new cohort of graduate students will take classes one morning a week, one class at a time, for 27 months. In other words, they'll otherwise follow the same path as the evening cohort.
The new cohort option is intended for a segment of the working professional population that has previously been overlooked, according to Jill Klein, PMBA faculty program director.
"This [cohort] is for people who wake up ready to go at dawn…for those who, previously, have had to sit around and wait on the rest of the world to catch up with them," she said. "We're hoping to change that with classes for the breakfast crowd."
To Michael Ginzberg, Dean of the Kogod School of Business, the new cohort is an example of Kogod's continuing commitment to innovative business education.
"The new PMBA offering reflects the energy and creativity we work to bring to all of our degree programs," he said.
Students in the morning section will follow the same lock-step schedule as the current evening students—including a short-term global learning experience—all while working closely with their peers and professors.
"We know building those connections and networks…is important to students," Klein said. "That's why we built the PMBA around the cohort mentality."
The new cohort option will be the only morning-only MBA option in the regional market, providing a unique opportunity for working professionals who have flexibility to attend class from 7:10-10:10 a.m. one day per week.
"We looked around [the D.C. metro] area and saw a market of people who have been overlooked by higher education and we wanted to respond to that need," Klein said. "This is a very market-driven program option."
By adding the morning cohort, Klein believes Kogod is reshaping the common perceptions of part-time MBA programs.
"Culturally, night school has dominated America for generations. People are conditioned to assume that earning a degree while working full-time means going to class late," Klein said. "Nobody thinks of going to class before work and we hope to change that."
Kogod's PMBA program also provides unique concierge-style service to students. From registering for class to providing breakfast, administrative duties are taken care of, leaving students able to concentrate on their studies.