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The Eberhardt MBA: A foundation for career success

“The MBA program allowed me to participate in numerous experiential learning opportunities not offered by other programs, such as studying abroad, the Student Investment Fund, and the Entrepreneurs Showcase. This enabled me to apply my skills in real business settings.” – Melissa McGee, Eberhardt MBA Alumna

With full accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) under its belt, the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific has already reached the highest standard achievement for business schools worldwide. On top of that, it has also been named in Princeton Review’s 295 Best Business Schools, another prestigious recognition of its MBA program that proves the institute provides an unrivalled, personalized and experience-based setting for any aspiring entrepreneur.

For those graduate and undergraduate business students aspiring to be fund managers – if selected by the students – may also try their hand at managing real world investment portfolio worth nearly US$3 million. The Eberhardt School’s Student Investment Fund offers students up to a double-term experiential class where they will conduct research and evaluation, write reports and make key decisions involving real investments and real money. They will also present to the University’s Investment Committee and make cash distributions to organizations on campus.

Apart from these real world experiences, the Eberhardt School’s dedicated Career Management Center, world-class faculty, cutting-edge technology and engaging classes, are among the many reasons students from all walks of life choose to pursue their business education here.

The “Early Advantage MBA” Program

One thing that sets Eberhardt apart from global competition is its 16-month MBA accelerated full-time program, or what is called the “Early Advantage MBA.” Specifically designed and targeted to students who do not have business undergraduate degree and do not have work experience, the Early Advantage MBA builds on an academic foundation with an accelerated graduate business degree. Those who thrive in a program like this are typically high-achieving, highly-driven individuals from virtually any field of study, all of whom are looking to kick-start a professional business career, or otherwise spice up their life with a respected and specialist career move. Students will also be taking courses with other graduate students who are pursuing the MBA with joint degree options in Law, and Pharmacy.

“The Eberhardt School’s Early Advantage MBA was designed to provide applied, intensive and hands-on experiences in a full-time accelerated 16-month format,” notes Dean and Professor of Business Lewis R. Gale. “Our full-time MBA is particularly suited to meet the needs of the highly driven entrepreneur from any background.”

“Many of the classes incorporate real-world projects from companies who need business assistance,” states Associate Dean and Professor of Accounting Cynthia Eakin. “As part of your 51-unit program, you may be asked to write a business or marketing plan, conduct a feasibility study, or help bring new products to market.”

International students in pursuit of the Eberhardt School’s Early Advantage MBA will work on the Stockton Campus for four days a week over the course of three semesters. In addition to this, students are offered the invaluable experiential learning opportunity that is the Global Business Competition – an Eberhardt School faculty-led study abroad course overseas in places such as Ireland, Turkey and France among many more exciting locations.

To highlight the benefits of the Eberhardt MBA even further, students are required to complete an eight to 10-week MBA-level internship, allowing them to put their advanced management knowledge and expertise into practice almost immediately. This unrivalled opportunity to gain real-world business experience before they even graduate allows students to:

  • Apply theories, concepts and skills learned in the MBA program;
  • Gain an understanding of the administrative elements and day-to-day functioning of an organization while completing assigned tasks;
  • Strengthen their judgement, decisiveness and team skills;
  • And to assess potential in the work environment, as well as to identify the possible areas needing development to enable successful career growth.

Admission requirements:

  • Completed online application (including two essays and a resume)
  • Two letters of recommendation (suggested, but not required)
  • Official transcripts from all attended colleges and universities
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores

Furthermore, full-time MBA applicants who successfully gain admittance must already have completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution, plus the following prerequisites by the start of the fall semester:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Statistics

“Students from all academic disciplines and all levels of professional post-graduate experience are encouraged to be part of a fall cohort group,” the Eberhardt School of Business states.

“Admission to the Eberhardt School’s MBA program is competitive and based on criteria which indicate a high promise of success.”

Ultimately, if you’re seeking a full-time MBA that provides personalized education and guidance, high-level experiential opportunities and an unparalleled foundation for international career success, you represent the ideal candidate for the Eberhardt MBA at the University of the Pacific.

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