Using an innovative program design built around a “business for good” philosophy, Chaminade University will launch its One Year MBA program in Fall 2021. The new program is geared toward experienced professionals interested in advancing their careers and maximizing their positive impact–as quickly as possible.
The One Year MBA, unique in the islands and fully International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) accredited, features a specialized hybrid class format. Students will attend daylong courses and participate in project-based learning on campus on alternating Saturdays and then supplement their learning with asynchronous instruction through Chaminade’s easy-to-use online platform.
In addition to the accelerated curriculum that allows students to complete their degree in just 12 months, the program weaves in ample opportunities for networking and professional growth. And as part of a capstone experience, students will have the option to travel internationally together to apply key on-site skills for a client.
“The One Year MBA underscores Chaminade’s commitment to provide new avenues to leadership for Hawai‘i,” said University President Dr. Lynn Babington. “This degree offers the excellence and quality, the access to resources and support and the experienced faculty you can expect from Chaminade in an innovative format that allows working professionals to take the next step in their career goals.”
Across sectors in Hawai‘i and nationally, managers and executives with MBAs are in high demand. At Chaminade, the degree stresses a broad foundation of knowledge, from finance to business analytics to marketing and strategic planning. As part of the program, participants will develop professional business reports, evaluate organizational decision making and apply their new skills to real-world situations.
A mission and values-based MBA program
Guided by its public service mission, Chaminade also puts a strong emphasis on seeking out opportunities to do “business for good,” by considering the societal, environmental and social justice impacts of business on communities. An additional Hawai‘i- and Pacific-centered focus allows students to unpack the importance of cultural intelligence and a global perspective in their work.
“Business for good means business with a heart,” said Dr. Bill Rhey, dean of Chaminade’s School of Business and Communication. “With our One Year MBA program, we are focused on helping students excel personally and professionally as they make positive contributions to their communities.”
A one-year MBA with built-in support
Rhey said he is especially looking forward to welcoming One Year MBA students to Chaminade’s mentorship-focused environment, giving them the individualized support, guidance and tools they need to succeed. The cohort-based program also allows students to build strong relationships with their peers. As each cohort moves through the program together, students will benefit from a growing network of professional support.
“Our in-person Saturday instruction won’t be lecture-focused, but experiential and hands-on. Your relationships with your fellow cohort members will allow you to tackle problems together, learning and collaborating along the way,” Rhey said. “While the program will only last a year, cohort members will continue to learn from and support one another throughout their careers.”
The inaugural cohort begins October 2021. Visit the program page for more information about the One Year MBA.