Reinhardt's Commencement will be a masterful ceremony this year as the College honors its first graduates of the Master of Business Administration program. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. in the James and Sis Brown Athletic Center on Reinhardt's campus in Waleska, Ga.
Focus on Personal Student Development Nineteen months ago, more than a dozen students walked through the doors at Reinhardt's North Fulton Center in Alpharetta, Ga. as the College's inaugural MBA cohort. And for many, Reinhardt was their top choice of graduate programs available in the metro Atlanta area.
"There are many MBA programs in the Atlanta market," said Randell Trammell (left), a MBA student and a 2003 graduate of Reinhardt. "Reinhardt's program was the best option for me because its price was the most competitive, the quality of education is comparable to that from other programs, and first and foremost, Reinhardt's focus is on personal student development rather than pushing students through the system."
Program Objectives Students met for classes one night a week for the 36-semester hour program, and over the course of the year and a half, they studied human resources, communication, quantitative methods, marketing, management, law and ethics, finance, quality assurance, global business, and strategic management. Each was given the opportunity to fine-tune his or her experience by selecting an existing or hypothetical company or organization upon which to focus assignments.
Career Advantages The opportunity for students to customize their MBA experience at Reinhardt has given several students advantages in their current careers. MBA student Karen Harris used her portfolio to secure a promotion within Scientific Games. The MBA program's opportunities "enhanced my personal knowledge and provided a base of expertise that took me to the next level at my organization."
Trammel describes a very similar experience in his job with the State YMCA of Georgia. "A board member at the YMCA pulled me aside and told me, ‘Randell, I can really tell that you are embracing the knowledge you are getting from the MBA program in the way you present reports and communicate the status of the organization.' Just recently I got promoted to state executive director/CEO...I think that pursuing my MBA from Reinhardt made the Board more comfortable in my skills and knowledge, and thus, hired me for the position."
"The program at Reinhardt is unprecedented." Each student also compiled a professional portfolio during the course of their studies that underscored the breadth of their work and included a strategic human resource map, a communication plan, a handbook on ethics and an on-line simulation in strategic management.
"The program is very similar to others in terms of the 10 basic courses, but is almost unprecedented in terms of the faculty cohort advisor-led practicums, the ongoing threads throughout the courses, and interwoven assessments, including the portfolio and development plan," said Dr. Donald Wilson, interim dean of the McCamish School of Business.
Invaluable Experience In two weeks when Reinhardt's first MBA graduates walk across the stage at the commencement ceremony, each student will take away an experience that is invaluable in today's job market and tough economy-an investment in themselves and an edge above the competition.
"I highly recommend the MBA program to employers and to those who want to get to the next level in their career," said Trammell. "With current economic conditions, an MBA gives a person a step up over others in the job market. The investment of time and finances will pay off personally and professionally and will forever be a part of what makes you exceptional."