MBA program to become more convenient for working professionals at USF Sarasota-Manatee

Students at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee can now earn their Master’s of Business Administration degree at their own pace in a new drop-in program designed for busy working professionals.  Previously, they were required to join a cohort of students who entered the program, took classes, and graduated together.

USF Sarasota-Manatee’s MBA is a 48-credit hour program offered through the College of Business that enables working professionals to receive the quality education of a top research university while staying close to home.  In the current cohort system, each student completes the program in two years.  The new drop-in format will allow students more flexibility and convenience, enabling them to take classes as their schedules allow.

“While the MBA cohort has worked well for our students in the past, we also realize that our students are very busy, and their personal and professional lives may stand in the way of getting a graduate degree,” said Dr. Robert Anderson, dean of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business.  “This new delivery method should be more convenient to our students and allow more busy professionals to get their MBA.”

While students in the past may have waited up to a year to start the MBA program, the new drop-in program will allow them to enter the program at any time, rather than wait until the next cohort begins.

Students starting the program in the Fall will have the option of completing either a general MBA or choosing one of four concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Management, or Marketing.  Students starting in the Spring can complete a general MBA in two years or choose to concentrate in one of the four areas by extending the program to longer than two years.

“Being able to take classes as their schedules allow will be an enormous benefit to our students,” said Anderson.  “Increased enrollment and the hiring of new faculty have enabled us to create a program that more fully meets the needs of professionals in our community.”

Summary of the benefits of a drop-in MBA program:

  • Students can complete the degree at their own pace rather than through a cohort system.
  • Students can enter the program in either the Fall or Spring semesters instead of waiting for the next cohort start date.
  • Students can elect to complete their MBA on a part-time basis.
  • The program allows students who have completed Business degrees in the past six years to waive up to 12 hours of core courses.
  • Two years of work experience are no longer required to enter the program.
  • MBA classes will continue to be held on Saturdays, the most convenient time for working professionals.


The deadline to apply for Spring 2011 MBA classes is in October.  For more information, visit or contact Aaron Reecher at (941) 359-4333.