MBA@UNC has made every effort to ensure that nothing is lost in the online format; the program requires students to meet with their professor and 10 to 15 of their classmates in a virtual classroom. Just as they do in a physical classroom, UNC professors lead a discussion of the problems or cases relating to the latest lecture. Though they are virtual rooms, classes feel more like sitting in a circle with your professor in the quad, where everyone is visible and expected to participate.
When we launched our program last year, we knew we were going to transform online education. Our program’s face-to-face learning platform was unlike that of any other online MBA program. The support and enthusiasm we received from UNC’s renowned faculty was unprecedented. And the excitement of our first enrolled students assured us that MBA@UNC had a bright future.
I walked into the program with “skeptical optimism,” if that is even a phrase. I wanted a top-tier program, but needed something that fit into my family life and allowed me to stay at my job. Speaking with the admissions counselors, the MBA@UNC felt like a good fit, but I had a lot of unanswered questions: Will I make substantial relationships with my classmates? Will an on-line classroom engage me intellectually? Should I just wait a year and let UNC work out the kinks?
Even with all these questions, I was intrigued. I thought, “This will be like a start-up, I’ve always wanted to work at a start-up.” So that pushed me over the edge – and I entered the program with “skeptical optimism..