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Virginia Tech’s Online MBA is completed in just 22 months. Students starting in July 2022 will graduate in May 2024.

In your first year in the Online MBA, you will master business fundamentals, primarily using the case study method. The core business functions of accounting, finance, management, business information technology, and marketing are taught by experienced Pamplin College of Business faculty to provide a quantitative and analytical foundation for the more rigorous, advanced courses in your second year.

The following summer semester allows for a selection of electives to personalize your MBA experience in an area of importance to your career. Available specializations include topics like cybersecurity, healthcare data management, and international business.
 
During your second year in the Online MBA, you will delve into advanced business concepts, supplemented by coursework in communications and learning tools utilized in business data analytics and visualization. To conclude your MBA experience, you will integrate the knowledge and skills learned in a capstone project, acting in the role of consultant to address a current business challenge.

Workshops in career planning and management, negotiations, and an executive speaker seminar are spread throughout the program to round out your MBA experience.

EXPLORE THE CURRICULUM

YEAR 1

SUMMER

  • Team Building & Leadership
  • Financial & Economic Environment of Business

FALL

SESSION 1

  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Marketing Principles

SESSION 2

  • Management of Information for Business Decisions
  • Managing the Global Supply Chain

SPRING

SESSION 1

  • Principles of Financial Management
  • Designing & Managing Organizations
  • Ethics & Leadership in a Global Environment

SESSION 2

  • Financial Statements for Managers
  • Modeling Decision Making for Competitive Advantage

YEAR 2

SUMMER

CHOICE OF SPECIALIZATION AREA

  • Cybersecurity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Immersion Experience
  • Healthcare Data & Leadership

FALL

SESSION 1

  • Investments & Portfolio Management
  • Leadership for Change Management

SESSION 2

  • Managing Information Systems for Executive Decision Making
  • Program Management

SPRING

SESSION 1

  • Business Analytics & Visualization for Executives
  • Predictive Analytics & Data Mining for Executives

CULMINATING EXPERIENCE

  • Strategic Management
  • Capstone Experience

ONLINE MBA EXPERIENCE

WORKSHOPS - CAREER MANAGEMENT & NEGOTIATIONS

EXECUTIVE SPEAKER SERIES

ALUMNI MENTORING

COHORT & TEAM SUPPORT

PAMPLIN EXPERIENCE

HIGHLY ENGAGED FACULTY

HOKIE ALUMNI NETWORK

AACSB ACCREDITATION

SPECIALIZATION AREAS

The specialization areas provide an opportunity for you to focus your MBA in an area of particular interest to your career.

Each topic builds on Virginia Tech's significant expertise in areas like cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, and healthcare. Faculty in these specialization areas are at the forefront of research on emerging issues and technologies in their fields and provide students with current insight into private and public industry, government, and entrepreneurial solutions.

In addition, some of the specialization areas include courses that will allow you to meet professional students outside your cohort, including those enrolled in our Evening MBA and online Master of Information Technology programs.

GLOBAL IMMERSION EXPERIENCE (STUDY ABROAD)

Online MBA students have an opportunity to choose a global immersion experience as their specialization area. This area combines classroom study in a particular subject area along with an international study abroad visit relevant to the course. The study abroad portion of each course is typically two weeks in length, during which students visit several multinational and international corporations, local businesses, and cultural venues. Examples of previous courses are included below.

Products and Processes in Scandinavia

The Scandinavia study abroad program combines classroom study in international business operations and logistics with two weeks of travel in Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Students participate in corporate visits with companies such as LEGO, IKEA, Fiskars, Stora Enso, Vestas, Tetra Pak, Carlsberg and Marimekko. The opportunity to see and discuss current strategies and issues with these leading multi-national companies adds an invaluable dimension to the study of global supply chains.

International Business Strategy & Culture

The locations for this course vary and recent destinations include China, Argentina & Peru, Germany & the Czech Republic, and South Africa. This program is designed for students to explore a country’s role in the global economy by visiting businesses that represent key industry sectors and engage the core competencies of the MBA program. The experience provides students with a unique worldview of business that that can use to guide and structure their own management practices and careers.