The Weekend MBA program is tailored for convenience for working professionals, allowing
them to keep working while earning a degree.
The Rawls College of Business
is offering a Master’s of Business Administration program in a cutting-edge weekend
format designed specifically for working professionals. Applications are currently
being accepted for the program, which begins Aug. 23.
In this new format, working professionals will have the opportunity to earn their
MBA in a condensed program. Classes meet in Lubbock one weekend a month for 28 months.
Jim Hoffman, director of the program, believes that in business, it is critical to
stay close to the customer and be aware of their needs.
“Our ‘customers’ are those working professionals who cannot leave jobs to secure
an MBA, yet need that certification to advance their careers,” said Hoffman.
Because the program is being offered in Lubbock, classes are specifically scheduled
so working professionals can fly in for weekend classes once a month. Classes meet
from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
The class schedule and courses are tailored to maximize the value and convenience
to working professionals. Additionally, all class meetings will be videotaped and
available on DVD in the event that a class is missed.
According to Hoffman, the Texas Tech program is all about creating value.
“We have a fantastic team of faculty tasked with teaching these professionals how
to create and assess value on both an individual and organizational level,” Hoffman
said. “We want graduates of our program to be able to create value in themselves,
for their customers and for their company or organization.”
Much of the process focuses on theories and skills students can apply immediately
to their corporate situations, Hoffman said.
Texas Tech already has a similar program in which classes are taught during five
one-week blocks spread out over 27 months. Hoffman said there are five keys to making
these two programs successful.
“The top key ingredient is the great team of professors – the program has a high level
of integration among business areas. Second, is the applicability of the program
to students' current work situations. Another key component is that each class and
lecture is recorded to DVD,” said Hoffman.
But interestingly enough, the other two major key components are comfortable chairs
and great food – lots of it throughout the days of classes, Hoffman said.
Students are encouraged to come early to class; to have time to eat together, network
and exchange information. Comfortable chairs and delicious food are essential to
The fully accredited program consists of 48 hours of graduate course work and a non-credit
component designated as the Enhancement Program in Business, which complements the
courses in the MBA program. For those applicants with three or more years of appropriate
experience, GMAT scores will not be required.
The total cost for the 28-month MBA program is $35,000 plus a $50 application fee.
This covers all program costs, except travel and lodging.
The accredited weekend MBA for Working Professionals program consists of:
- 48 hours of graduate coursework
- A non-credit Enhancement Program in Business
Class Schedule: one weekend a month for 28 months.
Estimated cost: $35,000 plus a $50 application fee. Excludes travel and lodging expenses.
For more information contact Jim Hoffman at (806) 928-1364 days; (806) 866-0763 evenings.
The Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration accounts for about 25 percent of Texas Tech graduates.
The college has a full-time teaching staff of roughly 100 in five departments: accounting,
finance, information systems and quantitative science, management and marketing.