1. Are you prepared to offer the MSBA 100% online, hybrid or face-to-face?
Due to our status as a well-established hybrid graduate program, we are continuing to provide the best possible learning opportunity and educational experience for our students. We are very proud of being an adaptable program based on student needs. The following are some of things that we have been using for our program to provide the best digital learning environment:
Program is hybrid (60% online + 40% face-to-face education) originally, but courses can be offered as hybrid or 100% distance as needed
Courses are being developed for face-to-face, hybrid and 100% distance/online delivery formats and pedagogy
Faculty are tech savvy and experienced with face-to-face, hybrid or distance teaching and learning
Faculty, staff and students have been using Zoom Video Conferencing and Microsoft Teams as collaboration tools very proactively in our program
Faculty hold live synchronous office hours to teach content and assist students
Faculty provide course content for asynchronous learning
All face-to-face and synchronous distance class sessions are being recorded and posted on course Canvas pages
Students have a dedicated Microsoft Azure Data Science Virtual Computer that includes needed software for our MSBA program. They can use the assigned virtual computer via an internet connection
Each applied project student team has a dedicated Microsoft Team Site that has Kanban/Agile Project Management Tool, Onedrive storage, Sharepoint file sharing and Live chat & video conferencing
We have a Power BI Reporting Server for MSBA and minor in business data analytics students
MSBA Program Director, Advisor, CBA Technologist and Program Manager have been in contact with faculty and students for all issues and concerns
We are simulating as real-world learning environment with our industry applied projects as clients (companies who provide projects), student consultants, faculty and staff in different time-zones globally Work-based Learning = Applied Project
2. I have a full-time job, is this program work-compatible?
Yes, this program requires students to come to campus on select Saturdays (about twice a month) and to complete asynchronous online work in between class meetings. The amount of time students will need to spend on schoolwork outside of the on-campus sessions will vary person to person, depending on their past educational and professional experience with the course content.
3. What does asynchronous eLearning entail?
Asynchronous learning allows students to complete coursework on their own time. Students are given a general time frame during which they will be required to complete assignments, connect with classmates, and attend virtual office hours. However, work can be completed anytime, day or night, to suit each student’s individual schedule.
4. Is this a fee-based or tuition-based program? What is the difference?
This is a tuition-based program. This means that the program is funded both by student tuition and the State of Washington, whereas fee-based programs receive no direct funding from the State.
5. What makes this program unique?
What sets the MSBA program at University of Washington Tacoma apart from other MSBA programs is its interdisciplinary approach. The individuals in each cohort are specifically selected to represent a wide array of educational backgrounds and professional fields, with the intention of shaping a cohort culture that is multifaceted and diverse. Additionally, the structure of this program gives you the best of both worlds; on-campus sessions to ensure ample networking opportunities, and online classes to give you the flexibility you need with your busy schedule. Moreover, all students enrolled in the UW Tacoma MSBA program will engage in a year-long Applied Project with an industry partner in the greater Puget Sound region. These live consultative projects include will help students to gain skills in data collection, analysis, demo, service/digital transformation plans and recommendations.
6. Can international students apply to this program?
Yes, the MSBA Program is considered a full-time graduate program and international students may apply.
8. I’m a United States veteran. Can I use my military benefits to help pay for this program?
Yes, as a veteran, current active duty member, or a dependent of military personnel, you may be entitled to VA benefits to fund your education. These benefits may include funding for tuition and fees, housing, books, and meals. To learn more about these opportunities, please connect with the UW Tacoma Veteran and Military Services office to learn more.
9. Can I start this program any quarter?
Currently, the MSBA Program currently only accepts students for a summer quarter (June) start date.
10. How often will I attend classes?
Classes are held on campus approximately two Saturdays a month. Students are required to attend these classes, which are typically held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. When students are not in class, they are required to complete online assignments through the asynchronous online learning component of the program.
11. Since this is a full-time, 12-month program, will I have breaks for vacation throughout the academic year?
Students will have a 3-4 week break between summer and fall quarters (mid-August to mid-September), a 3 week break between autumn and winter quarters (early December to early January), and a week-long spring break in mid-March. Due to the accelerated nature of this program, students may have coursework responsibilities over the breaks, though no in-person attendance will be required. Students are expected to work with their teams to manage their time and workload for the Applied Project throughout the year.
12. I work for the State of Washington. May I use tuition exemption for the Milgard School of Business MSBA Program?
Yes, it is possible to use WA State Tuition Exemption for this program. However, only a limited number of tuition exempt students will be admitted into each cohort of the program. If you are a WA State employee, please indicate in your personal statement if you would like to be considered as a paying applicant if all tuition exempt seats have been filled.Tuition exemption is limited to 12 credits of the 40 required for the MSBA degree.
13. Do I need to submit my application by the early deadline?
We encourage applicants to submit a completed application by the November 15thearly deadline. Applications received by the early application deadline will be reviewed during the first round of review by the Admissions Committee. In general, applying earlier in the admission cycle will mean more seat availability. Additionally, those individuals applying before November 15thwill receive an admission decision earlier than those who wait until later in the application cycle.
14. I missed the early application deadline, should I still apply?
Yes! Applications submitted after the November 15thearly deadline will be considered on a rolling, space-available basis until the final deadline.
15. Is GRE/GMAT required?
Submitting a GMAT/GRE score is optional for all applicants. However, we strongly advise that the following applicants submit GMAT/GRE scores to strengthen their application: a) International applicants who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in the United States, b) Applicants who have less than 2 years of post-baccalaureate professional experience, c) Applicants who have between a 3.0-3.25 GPA, or equivalent, on a 4.0 scale.
16. What types of jobs might I be eligible for after earning this degree?
Graduates of this program may qualify for many types of jobs, including, but not limited to: Information Architect, Analytics Manager, Business Intelligence Analyst, Data Scientist, Business Analyst, Project Manager, Chief Analytics Officer, Marketing Manager, and many more! You can read more about MSBA Skills and Sample Occupations here: https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/milgard-school-business/msba-career-services
17. What type of skills and knowledge will I gain through this program?
This interdisciplinary MSBA degree is designed for professionals and college students who want to sharpen their critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, data/analytical decision-making, digital technology-enablement and project/process management skills. Students will be educated to make effective and efficient business decisions that solve existing problems or cultivate new opportunities, improving the performance of organizations. Read more about this program here.
18. What is business intelligence and analytics?
Business intelligence and analytics represents the combination of skills, practices, processes, applications and technologies used by organizations (for continuous iterative exploration and investigation of past business performance) to gain actionable insights for their business based on data, information, statistics, quantitative modeling, simulation, optimization & knowledge. It includes solutions for gathering, storing, accessing, reporting, modeling, simulating, analyzing and visualizing data to support actionable decision-making and innovation. tacoma.uw.edu/business/msba-career-services
19. How can applicants prove English proficiency while in person testing has been paused?
20. Can I pursue the MSBA program while concurrently enrolled in another graduate program?
No, due to the rigorous nature of the MSBA program, it is not possible to begin the program while a student is concurrently enrolled in another graduate program. Students who wish to pursue the MSBA are encouraged to complete any degree programs prior to starting the MSBA.
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