January 30, 2024
This past fall, the WebMBA consortium officially surpassed its 3,000th graduate, when students from the 2023 cohorts walked across the stage at their respective universities. Program coordinators are proud that there are now more than 3,000 graduates in the program’s alumni network.
“We’re extremely proud to reach this milestone,” said Dr. Allen Amason, Ph.D., Dean of the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University and lead Dean for the WebMBA. “It’s a testament to the longevity and relevance of the program that after 25 years, not only are we continuing to graduate students on time, we’re steadily growing enrollment.”
Flexibility meets Excellence
The WebMBA consortium enrolled its first cohort in 2001, a time when high-quality, online MBA programs were rare. Then, as now, students choose the WebMBA because the flexibility fits their busy schedules and the accreditation reflects the program’s quality and portability.
“In a constantly changing world with an ever-changing workforce, we continue to graduate professionals who are ready to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to create value for themselves and their employers,” Dr. Amason said.
Alumni share that the program has indeed helped them progress in their careers and find the paths forward that best reflect their aspirations and fit their lives.
“The WebMBA helped me stay in a career that I love,” says Vanessa Hunter, class of 2021. “I was mid-career when I started the program. I already had a master’s degree, but I was looking for another degree that would help me stay in the field that I love and continue to grow in it until I’m ready to retire.”
Challenge Yields Opportunities
Troy Vollenweider, class of 2018, says that, like most master’s programs, the WebMBA is challenging, but also worthwhile.
“It’s so rewarding,” says Vollenweider. “It’s going to be work, but the things you’ll gain from it will engage you to continue, and it’s going to create opportunities you never imagined possible.”
Like most alumni, Vollenweider and Hunter both say they entered the program feeling slightly anxious about a few of the subject areas; however, both are glad they didn’t let that hold them back.
“I would tell anyone considering this program to go for it,” Hunter says. “If you lack confidence in any area, you’ll find support from the faculty and your team. There were several areas where I wasn’t strong, and I was very much encouraged by my team members. And the faculty were excellent in providing encouragement and support when I needed it.”
Learning + Support = Success
WebMBA Managing Director Angelia Huggins says this is a sentiment she hears often from incoming students. She says many start the program unsure of how they’ll do in some of the courses, especially students who come from a non-business background.
“But that’s what this program is about,” Huggins says. “We’re giving these students the tools they need to fill those gaps as well as the support they need to graduate successfully and on time.”
Huggins says she’s proud to be a part of a unique program that utilizes flexibility with online teaching excellence to provide superior, accessible learning to its students.
“The WebMBA truly is a one-of-a-kind program,” Huggins says. “I’ve been with this program for 14 years, and it is amazing to see so many students come through, graduate, and move forward in their careers because of what they learned during their time with us.”
Facilitating this AACSB-accredited, team-based Master’s in Business Administration program, seven Georgia universities work together to deliver the WebMBA. The consortium includes Augusta University, Columbus State University, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, and Valdosta State University. The WebMBA admits students from anywhere in the world with no out-of-state tuition for Fall and Spring semester starts. To learn more about the WebMBA, visit https://www.webmbaonline.org.