1. Is it available for students from every country?
2. Will priority be given to UoPeople graduates?
This opportunity is available to everyone. Special consideration may be given to certain successful graduates of UoPeople’s undergraduate program.
University of the People does not require that applicants come from any particular undergraduate major or employment field, and considers both what applicants have achieved in the past and what the evidence suggests they have the potential to achieve in the future. And, in keeping with its mission, it admits students from all parts of the globe, all socioeconomic strata, and all cultural and social backgrounds – creating a student body that mirrors today’s diverse society.
3. Is it internationally recognized?
University of the People is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency.
4. Is it accredited in other countries?
We have not pursued accreditation in any other country – in many places, being accredited in the U.S. means that it is highly respected.
5. Is the UoPeople MBA also accredited by any of the program-level accrediting agencies that specialize in business programs?
All UoPeople degrees are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The MBA does not have an additional program level accreditation at this time.
6. Why does it cost $240 per end of course assessment?
UoPeople has succeeded in cutting down almost the entire cost of higher education. UoPeople is able to offer our students an online degree tuition-free because of our unique model of online higher education. Our minimal assessment fees help to maintain our tuition-free online degree structure—allowing all qualified students to receive their online degree without tuition fees, educational instruction expenses, course material or annual enrollment fees.
Throughout the courses the MBA instructors are assessing the group activities and portfolio work for every student. MBA instructors monitor weekly written assignments as well as weekly discussions and peer evaluation of assignments and discussions. The work required of Course Instructors to review graduate student work products is more complex and labor-intensive than the work required for undergraduate degrees, and the fee reflects this.
7. Are there scholarships?
Currently no. We will offer as many scholarships as we will have available but currently all the donated scholarships were only for undergraduate degrees. UoPeople will always remain dedicated to its mission of opening access to higher education worldwide and will continue striving to ensure that no qualified student will be denied studying with UoPeople for financial reasons. We are here to open the gates for all qualified individuals in the world, regardless of financial, geographic, societal or personal constraints.
8. Who is behind the program?
Dr. Russell S. Winer, William H. Joyce Professor of Marketing at the Stern School of Business, New York University (NYU), is UoPeople’s Dean of Business Administration and heads the new MBA program. He has been assisted by an Advisory Board, made up of professionals and academics overseeing and leading the degree program’s activities and developments.
All members are distinguished leaders in the field and bring a high level of standards to the online degree program. The board consists of esteemed volunteers, such as Dr. Gabriel Hawawini of INSEAD and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stephan Chambers of Oxford Saïd Business School, Dr. Alex Tuzhilin of NYU Stern School of Business, Prof. Dr Kriengsak Charoenwongsak of Harvard, Mr. John Gerzema of BAV Consulting, Mr. Ken Marlin of Marlin & Associates, Dr. Albert Wenger of Union Square Ventures, and Ms. Toby Winer. All have helped envision and contribute to the world class standard of this exciting MBA.
9. Who wrote the courses?
A range of academics who are specialists in their fields, among them, Dr. Russell S. Winer and Dr. Alex Tuzhilin of NYU.
10. Who are the instructors, are they volunteers?
Our instructors are qualified people who volunteer and come from all ranks of universities and offer their services and expertise to help our students.
11. What are the components of the MBA?
The Management MBA is a 12-course, 36-credit program with three component parts:
• 8 Core courses (24 semester hours) required of all Management MBA students
• A minimum of 3 elective courses (9 semester hours)
• Capstone Project (3 semester hours)
12. How many hours per week?
15-20 Hours per course per week.
13. How many students per class?
14. How does the learning week work?
There are nine Learning Weeks in a term, and most students can expect to spend about 15 hours on a course each week. All texts, readings, cases and other supplemental materials are provided within the course itself. Emphasis is placed on teamwork and project-centered learning.
Courses are taught in small classes that foster a close sense of community. Students develop relationships that will stay with them throughout their professional lives.
Through Discussion Forums and critiquing the work of peers, students consolidate their own knowledge and skills even as they are contributing to the growth of others. Students also work in teams to complete projects, write papers, analyze and document case studies, and prepare class presentations.
UoPeople offers its students access to the Library and Resources Network (LIRN) to support their research, writing and homework needs. With a simple query, students are put in touch with an experienced librarian who can help them navigate the array of digitized books, journals, documents, photographs and other research materials available to you.
15. How long does the MBA take to complete?
Courses required for the Management MBA degree may be completed in six consecutive terms of full-time study. Full-time study is defined as two courses per term and requires a minimum of fifteen months to complete. Students can stretch this out over a maximum of five years.
16. Do students study in cohorts?
No. Because we are an online university, and many of our students work while studying, we allow students to take breaks from their studies if they need to.We also believe strongly in making students part of the global economy by being part of the global village, and exposing students to all kinds of other students from different cultures, in order to broaden one’s horizons. This is what makes our students global citizens.
17. Is there a final project?
Yes. The Capstone Project is completed at the end of a student’s program of study and allows students to tailor projects to reflect personal and professional goals. Structured as an applied research project, it is an organized experience with clearly defined goals and objectives that is conducted in an approved setting in the student’s local area. With permission, it may be completed in the organization in which they are employed or can be done in a setting that reflects longer-term career aspirations.
18. What careers/employment options would be available for graduates?
Many upper level positions in the finance industry require an MBA, and for students already employed, many will find that their MBA opens new doors for advancement at their companies. Graduates of MBA programs go on to work in sales, management, human resources, finance & investment banking, marketing management and accounting. Their skills make them a valuable asset to any business and organization, including non-profit organizations as well.
19. Will UoPeople help its graduates find a job (will the University have a placement office)?
Preparing students for the workforce is a high priority of UoPeople. Beginning in the classroom, the rigor and quality of our accredited degree programs is ensured by world-class academic leaders and academic partners. Using the help of those who are behind the university, and by focusing on career planning – if needed – which, includes resume writing, interviewing, and job searching skills, UoPeople’s Career Service Center prepares students to find jobs after graduation. Networking is also an essential tool to building a successful career. At UoPeople our international community of students and faculty provides a global networking community. With students hailing from over 200 countries and faculty from top international universities, corporations and foundations—the networking potential at UoPeople is vast!
Given all of these exciting options, it is not surprising that UoPeople feels confident that its students will be able to find jobs or advance in their current jobs.
20. Will UoPeople formalize any type of arrangement with companies who may sponsor employees to be accepted to the program?
We might have this in the future.
21. Can students fail? Can students re-sit? How many times?
Yes, students can fail, and they are permitted to re-sit – once.
22. Are there opportunities for classes to meet in person?
The university does not facilitate face-to-face meetings as this would be impossible due to the global make-up of the classes.
23. How does an online classroom work?
The University of the People student body hails from 194 countries worldwide, inspiring interesting dialogue between peers, and offers students alternative perspectives to their own. University of the People’s pedagogical model is based on an online collaborative learning environment that promotes a culture of shared learning, dialog among peers, interaction and peer-to-peer teaching and assessment, and utilizes open-source technology along with open educational resources.
Peer-to-peer interaction is a hallmark of the UoPeople program and central to the learning process in the Management MBA. The UoPeople small online classroom setting allows for a community of supportive collective peer thinkers and teachers. Professors focus on each student’s needs and provide full support; while creating a community for students to work cooperatively and assist one another. Students share their experiences, so that knowledge-sharing and motivational support occurs on a peer-to-peer level, creating an open space for students to learn, share ideas, ask questions, and generate solutions pertaining to their academic experiences. Students are also provided with technical support throughout their studies in the classroom.
Each student is connected with a personal Program Advisor at the commencement of their studies, who remain with them until graduation. The student’s personal Program Advisor acts as his/her support system throughout their studies. He/she answer any questions the student may have, offer academic advice, discuss course selection, and offer encouragement throughout the student’s studies.
24. How are students graded?
Students will be graded on performance on assignments that can include quizzes, discussion forum submissions, papers, case studies, projects, presentations, and more.
25. Are there networking opportunities?
Yes. UoPeople works hard to help further students’ networking abilities, offering a growing global community, making students’ networking potential international.
Networking is an essential tool to building a successful career. At UoPeople our international community of students and faculty provides a global networking community. With students hailing from over 200 countries and faculty from top international universities, corporations and foundations—the networking potential at UoPeople is vast!
UoPeople uses Microsoft Yammer for its internal social media network. Here, students can network with other UoPeople students, even those who are not in the same class.Beyond the classroom, UoPeople partners with world-wide leading corporations to open the door to first-rate networking opportunities for our students to broaden employment opportunities.
26. Aren’t there concerns about online degrees?
People have various opinions regarding online degrees because they are a new concept in contrast to the old tradition of physically attending school. Studying online is an effective and successful way to learn, and many of the best universities in the world, as well as almost all universities in the U.S. are offering more and more online courses, and many offer full degrees online. There is also a strong movement for open platform education; this means organizations like UoPeople are working to bring education online in a more affordable manner.
Our peer-to-peer learning, which teaches the students to study and interact with other students from around the world, is part of what works best in international companies, where people need to work with teams from around the world. More and more companies are beginning to recognize online degrees these days – so we believe it is just a matter of time before there will be more universal acceptance of online education and online degrees. Moreover, one can look at who is behind the university to see the caliber of support and recognition.
27. What Makes a Successful Management MBA Student?
A. Solid Academic Experience
Previous academic performance is one predictor of an applicant’s ability to succeed in UoPeople’s fast-paced online learning environment. Students are expected to read and analyze complex information, much of it very quantitative, and to possess the strong communication skills required to contribute to discussions, case analyses, and project teams.
B. Work Experience
Work molds one, and provides opportunities for learning and growth. It lets students show what they are capable of and can frequently be a better predictor of success in the Management MBA than one’s prior academic record.
C. Personal Qualities and Characteristics
It is often the “soft skills” that distinguish the successful UoPeople student from the one who falters. Are you mature, motivated, committed? Are you engaged in your community? Have you overcome some personal or family adversity? Are you driven to achieve? Are you guided by strong ethical positions? Do you show respect for others? These can also speak to your potential success in the Management MBA program.