What type of student typically enrolls in your online
The typical MBA student at Carlow University is
well-balanced. They understand that there are many things
that affect a business' bottom line. Analyzing data and
implementing strategies are important, and Carlow MBA students
learn how to do that, but they also learn about ethics, values, and
creating a workplace where respect for employees will pay big
dividends. Carlow students also demand flexibility with their
course offerings. That is why we offer most MBA courses both
online and in-person.
Are students required to spend time on campus at
Students at Carlow can take classes totally online, totally
in-person, or take a combination of online and in-person.
It's really up to what format best fits a student's life.
Do students work as a cohort or in another
Yes. They work in cohorts, and, in general, they move through
the program with their cohort. Given the time demands of some
students, however, we can accommodate their schedules and remaining
in a cohort is not always necessary.
Given Carlow's values-driven MBA, what can prospective
students expect to learn as opposed to a traditional
In addition to the usual skills surrounding strategy and data
analysis, Carlow students experience a values-driven program, with
emphasis on collaboration, communication, ethics, and team
Carlow's EIR (Executive-in-residence) program is a
unique asset and opportunity for MBA students to
learn. How can the online MBA students have an
opportunity to interact with the EIR?
Carlow's Executive-in-Residence program is a unique asset of our
program, and I'm happy that you picked up on that. We take great
care in choosing Executives-in-Residence who will be accessible and
want to interact with our students. We always have the
executive give a lecture that can be accessed both in-person or
online, as well as providing opportunities for meetings inside and
outside of class.
Carlow's MBA programs include your Fraud and Forensics
Concentration. What type of student are drawn to that
White collar crime and cyber crime is becoming more and more
sophisticated. It's important to understand how easily such crime
can happen, and what steps every organization can take to protect
itself. Nothing is foolproof, but it's important to take steps to
make fraud harder to get away with. That's what we hope to
impart to our students.
Your tagline is "Carlow's Values-Driven MBA.
Meaningfully Different"-how might that be a benefit to prospective
graduate students? To graduates from your
Succeeding in business is not just about making the numbers
fit. It's also about making a good fit for people: for
employees, for customers, for business partners from other
organizations. That's what we try to get across to our
How do students in the online MBA program interact with
There are live class sessions that students can access online.
These sessions are archived so students can catch up if they must
miss the live class due to other obligations. Faculty make
themselves available through email, phone, or other types of
messaging. Faculty have a goal to respond to every student
within 24 hours of receiving that message. Most respond much sooner
than 24 hours.
What is unique about the structure of your online MBA
I'm not sure the structure makes us unique. It's more about the
dedication of the faculty and the approach we take as a
values-driven program. Even though a student may live
hundreds of miles away, the Carlow faculty make a point to interact
and communicate with the students on a regular basis. Given
our level of interaction, many students don't notice a difference
between the in-person and online experience.
Do you offer career services and professional resources
to online MBA degree candidates?
Yes. There is an office of Career Services at Carlow that
is responsive to students' needs.
What advice would you give a prospective candidate for
your online MBA program?
Honestly evaluate your strengths. What do you do well and what
don't you do well? Some people respond better to being in
class on a regular basis. Others respond better to online programs
that can provide more flexibility for when the work gets
done. There is no single answer that is right for everyone.
You have to determine the answer or the program that is right for