UNH Whittemore School Launches
One-Year MBA Program
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Date: May 12, 2005
DURHAM, N.H.– In a major shift in its
MBA program, the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at
the University of
New Hampshire will offer a one-year full-time MBA program for the
first time this fall, discontinuing its two-year full-time MBA
The new one-year program, which is open to all students with
a bachelor’s degree, begins in August 2005 and concludes
in June 2006.
“Our new intensive one-year MBA program, which models the
most innovative emerging MBA programs, minimizes career interruptions
tuition expenses, while retaining a strong educational value. Whittemore
School MBA students will be getting one of the highest returns
on investment for any AACSB-accredited school,” said Barry
Shore, professor of decision sciences and academic director of
the MBA program. AACSB, or the Association to Advance Collegiate
Schools of Business, is the top accrediting body in the world.
Only two MBA programs in New Hampshire are accredited by AACSB.
The Whittemore School’s new MBA can be completed in 10
months, and consists of 10 core courses, including economics, accounting,
finance, marketing, information systems, quantitative decision
making, operations and supply chain management, organizational
behavior, organizational design and leadership, and business strategy.
Students also will choose a business concentration from the following
areas: financial management, entrepreneurial venture creation,
marketing and supply chain management, and general management.
“This innovative curriculum was designed specifically to
accelerate progress through a highly ranked AACSB-accredited MBA
The program integrates courses, identifies key skills and concepts
necessary for success in business, and helps students master these
skills and concepts through class discussions, cases and projects,” Shore
The one-year MBA program is the latest advance in the Whittemore
School’s efforts to provide the most relevant and innovative
academic programs to business school students. The school’s
ongoing efforts have been recognized nationally this year: the
Whittemore School was named one of the top 100 business schools
in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, ranked by Entrepreneur magazine in the second tier of the top 50 regionally recognized
academic programs in the country, and UNH was named one of the
Top 25 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges by The Princeton Review and Forbes.com, ranking 10th in the nation. The ranking was based
largely on the Whittemore School’s programs.