Herald features New Kellogg EMBA Program
||© Nathan Mandell
Dean Julie Cisek Jones and Dean Dipak
with permission of the Miami Herald, which published this
story Oct. 24. The original content has been edited for use
Jocelyn Cortez will begin studies for an executive MBA from
Northwestern University, and she has no intention of leaving
her South Beach digs to do it.
the 30-year-old Miamian will keep her downtown job as an investment
counselor at Citibank and join the first class of the Kellogg
School of Management's new
executive MBA program in Miami.
the nation's most prestigious business schools—has already
exported its EMBA program to such far-flung locales as Tel
Aviv, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Toronto to attract international
students. Now, with an eye to luring mid-career Latin American
managers as well as South Floridians, it's setting up shop
in Coral Gables.
professors will fly to South Florida and hold classes with
the program students in sessions running Thursdays through
Sundays once a month. Initially, they'll meet at the Hyatt
Regency in Coral Gables as the school prepares its own site
next to the hotel.
doing this so that we have the opportunity to both access
the Latin American economy and the overall business community
in Southeast Florida," said Julie Cisek Jones, assistant dean
and director for executive MBA programs at Kellogg, which
is based in Evanston, Ill. "We have been working on this for
to Miami is a smart strategy on Kellogg's part, said Maury
Kalnitz, managing director of the Executive MBA Council, a
nonprofit university association based in Orange County, Calif.
has found an "underserved market" in South Florida - one that
is hungry to house a high-ranked, first-tier business school,
hopes to attract a blend of Latin American and South Florida
executives to its Miami outpost. So far, the school has admitted
approximately a 50-50 mix for its first semester, although
its application deadline hasn't yet passed.
will take 29 classes over two years. Kellogg makes no distinction
on its degree between the MBA program and the EMBA program,
said Cisek Jones.
student in the Miami program will have eight to 10 years of
business experience, Cisek Jones said. The first class, which
will start in January, will have about 35 to 40 students.
will be taught by 32 Kellogg faculty members, who will commute
to Miami once a month. The Miami program will be modeled after
the EMBA curriculum in Evanston.
will have the opportunity to take electives focused on the
Latin American economy. All courses will be taught in English.
of Kellogg comes at a time when business schools are offering
an increasing number of EMBA programs as a way to reel in
would-be students who don't want to leave work and attend
school full-time. Top-ranked programs typically recruit executives
who already have almost a decade of experience on their résumés.
Baldocchi, a student from El Salvador who will start the Kellogg
program in January, estimates that his commute to Miami will
take about two and a half hours, plus the time it takes to
get through airport security.
in this case, is not that big of a deal," said Baldocchi,
president of the San Salvador-based Prestomar group of companies.
Sorensen, dean of Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business
and chairman of the board for the Association to Advance Collegiate
Schools of Business, suggested that an EMBA title "has a certain
cachet to it."
"People like it. It's over and above the traditional MBA."
in full-time MBA programs typically vacillates with the ebb
and flow of the economy, said Sorensen. During downturns,
MBA schools attract more students, while a strong job market
tends to draw more prospective students to work.
about 10 or 15 years ago, you didn't have many MBA programs
outside of the United States," Sorensen said. "Now they are
spreading like wildfire. The same thing is happening with