UNO’s Executive MBA Program Trains Tomorrow’s Business Leaders

The University of New Orleans’ 17-month Executive Master of Business Administration program is now in full swing, with 30 local business leaders avidly pursuing advanced studies in business administration to get ahead in their industries.

“These students come from a variety of industry backgrounds such as engineering, banking, medical sales, hospital administration, and construction,” said Aundrea Kloor, director of the Office of MBA and Health Care Programs at UNO. “Now more than ever, an increasing number of professionals are seeking advanced business education to more effectively contribute to their organizations and enhance their careers. Our executive track programs will present students with many opportunities to interact with peers and increase their knowledge and practical skills.”

Most students who join UNO’s Executive MBA program are already working in the business world of the greater New Orleans area and employed as mid- to upper-level managers, said Kloor. Past graduates have come from Entergy, Ochsner, Textron Marine, Capital One, Port of New Orleans and other leading businesses in the greater New Orleans area, said Kloor, who asked this year’s Executive MBA students to complete an entry survey upon entering the program.

Survey results showed that students said they learned about the 17-month program through billboards and UNO’s Times-Picayune advertising program, which includes advertising on the newspaper’s website, www.nola.com, Kloor said. Survey results also showed that:

  • 72 percent expect new responsibilities from their employer while in the program.
  • 54 percent said they expect a job change.
  • 50 percent expect a promotion as a result of completing our program.
  • 35 percent now work as first-line managers.

“Feedback from the business community is that our students can hit the ground running,” Kloor said. “There is no on the job training. They can roll up their sleeves and on the first day they are doing big projects. It’s not like there is a learning curve. These are tomorrow’s business leaders. We are educating tomorrow’s city business leaders.”