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UA Little Rock offers flexible MBA program amid coronavirus pandemic

Students will have the freedom to switch between in-person classes, on campus, or online classes, via Zoom, as often as they like.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Right now many people may be finding themselves in need of expanding their skills or on the hunt for a job. 

Starting this fall, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is rolling out its new flexible MBA program. 

Sonya Premeaux, the associate dean for graduate students in the UALR College of Business said the program allows students the option to complete courses online or in-person making it all about flexibility and convenience. 

"This allows a student to participate live in class without having to physically come to campus," she said. 

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It's a program that's been in the works for the past two years, according to Premeaux, and finally is coming to fruition on UA Little Rock's campus in fall 2020.

"Some students want a completely online education, some students only want to be in the classroom, but most students want both," she said. 

Premeaux described it as an adaptation of the in-person evening MBA program the university has offered for years. 

"We have microphones, cameras, large video monitors. Everything that's needed to make it as collaborative as possible, even if someone is joining from a distance location," she said. 

Students will have the freedom to switch between in-person classes, on campus, or online classes, via Zoom, as often as they like. 

No matter which learning option the students choose, everyone in the classroom will still be able to interact with one another, which Premeaux said is vital.

"The opportunity to not just learn from a book, it's about learning from each other. The collaboration and the conversations that go on in the classroom are rich. They add so much to an MBA program," she said. 

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With the option of the evening commute gone, the courses recorded and transcribed for the students to have at their fingertips and the flexibility in scheduling, Premeaux hopes this allows more people the opportunity to work toward this prestigious degree. 

"This just makes it more accessible for people who really want to pursue a quality MBA program," she said. 

The application deadline for the program is July 15, but Premeaux said they are flexible if you decide to apply later. 

If you have any more questions you can contact Premeaux via email at sfpremeaux@ualr.edu or by phone at 501-682-6672.

You can find more information about the program at UA of Little Rock's website