LA TROBE University will next year offer the only face-to-face Master of Business Administration degree between the Murray River and Melbourne.
The newly designed postgraduate course will be offered at the university’s campuses of Albury-Wodonga, Shepparton, Bendigo and Mildura.
MBA program director professor Amalia Di Iorio said it was an exciting time for the university’s business school.
“The school’s MBA has rated in the top two in Victoria in the Australian Financial Review’s important 2013 BOSS MBA rankings,” she said.
“It will be really beneficial in bringing new skills into the region.”
The La Trobe MBA has been delivered since 1994. It has been redesigned and was re-launched this year.
La Trobe’s executive deputy dean for the faculty of business, economics and law Professor Richard Speed said an important factor in the high rankings achieved by the MBA was the quality of teaching.
“Our staff bring with them skills and expertise from working at some of the world’s largest organisations,” he said.
“They offer invaluable insight and an extended network of business professionals.”
An information session about the MBA program will be held at the Albury-Wodonga campus on Monday from 5.30pm to 7pm.
Following the session, there will be an opportunity for guests to discuss the program.
Professor Di Iorio said the MBA was a great tool to get students net- working.
“We expect students will form study groups and talk to each other, because face-to-face study facilitates that sort of engagement opportunity,” she said.
Students will study weeknights at the Wodonga campus for some subjects.
Other subjects will be run in intensive four-day blocks at one of the university’s Victorian campuses.
Professor Di Iorio said the delivery design of the course would allow students to minimise travel and maximise learning opportunities, as students engage with classmates and MBA staff.