January 14, 2020 at 1:45pm
Danielle Fields ’09/MBA ’12

MBA program aimed toward experienced professionals who want to advance their careers

Each January, a new cohort of Master of Business Administration evening students enters the MBA suite at Millikin University, poised and prepped to tackle Boot Camp, the unique, intensive review course that serves as the foundation of the program. Every evening for two and a half weeks, students are immersed in topics such as accounting, marketing and economics to ensure that all participants have the same knowledge base before beginning the program’s core courses later in the month.

Bill Fields ’19/MBA ’21

Bill Fields, a 2019 Millikin organizational leadership graduate from Decatur, is one of the program’s newest students. As a full-time sales support specialist with Standard Electric Supply Company in Champaign, Ill., and a married father of two, Fields was drawn to the flexibility that the evening program provides to students. Following the completion of Boot Camp, students are able to complete their MBA while attending class only two nights per week. Although the program requires focus and determination, “the hours they have you attending class are very reasonable,” Fields said.

The program, which offers concentrations in management and healthcare administration, lasts for 17 months and is aimed toward experienced professionals who want to advance their careers. The cohort model of instruction was created to enable students to progress through the program together from start to finish, allowing them to foster professional and personal relationships while completing their degrees. As a student with experience in Flexible Learning during his time as an undergraduate at Millikin, Fields is familiar with the cohort model and believes in it as a tool for student success. “The relationships you develop build morale,” said Fields. “They also help with productivity and lead to better results.”

The program culminates with the students working together to create business plans in areas of their choosing, followed by an international immersion, the two program components Fields is anticipating the most. “I’m looking forward to working together with a team to develop a business plan and then taking the immersion trip,” Fields said. “I’m excited to see how the program enables me to combine life experience with education and my skill sets to improve in my field.”

In addition to the evening program, Millikin offers a daytime MBA program geared toward recent college graduates and younger business professionals. The 12-month program, with its concentration in project management, provides a unique experience in an accelerated format designed to get individuals into the job market faster. New cohorts in this program begin every August.

Fields encourages prospective MBA students to consider the options available and weigh which program and concentration meets their specific needs. “Make sure you take the time to consider the direction you want to go,” said Fields. “Think about which program will work for you, depending on where you are in life.”

To learn more about Millikin University’s MBA options, including financial aid possibilities for MU alumni, please visit millikin.edu/mba.