Our MBA program has no exams... no lectures... no textbooks... and no writing topics chosen by us!
So how do you learn key business concepts and develop new business skills -- without exams, lectures, or textbooks?
Here's how it works.
A museum curator designs exhibits displaying art treasures chosen from their museum vault.
In our assignments, you function like the museum curator in deciding which topics to write about (i.e. the art you display) from the readings we assign (i.e. the treasure vault). These topics that you choose to write about are called Insight Papers (i.e. your exhibits).
There are no exams. We don’t test you to make sure you valued every concept equally and can recite it back to us.
Instead, we expose you to a variety of great resources, and you decide what you will learn.
You choose the topics you want to write about, not us.
In this way, you “self-curate” your own learning.
Integrated Weekly Content
We believe your cross-cultural proficiency, leadership skills, and spiritual integration should develop and grow as you learn about business.
Many MBA programs take a siloed approach to learning. If they require cultural awareness, leadership, and ethics courses (and many don't), they will usually be offered as independent courses.
We don’t separate these crucial skills into stand-alone courses that are disconnected from our core business curriculum.
Instead, we’ve integrated these 3 themes into the weekly readings and assignments in every business course.
Each week in each course, your primary readings and assignments will be on the business topics specific to that course. You will also have weekly readings and assignments that develop your cross-cultural proficiency, leadership skills, and spiritual perspectives for business.
This “integrated content” approach is designed to develop your business skills at the same time as your cross-cultural, leadership, and spiritual integration skills.
Interesting Readings and Assignments
Read Leading Thinkers and Practitioners
Read the latest thinking from best-selling authors on business and entrepreneurship, as well as cross-cultural proficiency, leadership skills, and spiritual integration. These books cost less than textbooks and are far more interesting.
Write About Your Insights
Choose the insights you find most interesting and write about them.
Here's what your one-page Insight Papers will look like:
- Insight Statement: in one sentence, state your insight clearly and completely
- Explanation: in one paragraph, explain your Insight Statement
- Importance in Business: in one paragraph, explain why your Insight is important in business
- Personal Application: in one paragraph, discuss how you could see yourself applying your Insight in business
- References: list the sources from which you gained your Insight
Apply Concepts Practically
Each course has Practical Activities in which you apply the concepts from your readings in some practical way that develops your skills.
Interview Business Leaders
Each course has several Interviews in which you converse with business leaders, managers, and entrepreneurs to learn from their experiences and gain their advice.
Summarize What You Learned
In your Final Paper, you will summarize the most interesting lessons you learned in the course.
In your Growth Plans, you will describe how you plan to improve your cross-cultural proficiency, leadership skills, and spiritual integration in business.
Over the course of the MBA, these assignments will provide you with a database of useful insights and practical skills in business, culture, leadership, and spiritual integration -- and they will be interesting and relevant because you chose them.
Each online course has weekly readings and assignments with weekly due dates.
To give you greater flexibility, we unlock all your assignments after you pay for your tuition, so that you see all your assignments for the entire course.
If you pay your course tuition early, you can even see your assignments before the official course start date.
This gives you the option of starting your assignments early and even submitting them early if you know you have a busy week coming up.
The only assignments you can’t submit early are your responses to your classmates’ weekly Discussion Posts, since you have to wait for them to submit their Discussion Posts.
Of course, if your classmates also submit their Discussion Posts early, then you will have the option of responding early, and they will have the option of responding early to your Discussion Posts.
You may not need this flexibility often, but you will have it available when life gets busy.