UF’s top-ranked MBA program available in South Florida

With classes held at the University of Florida MBA Sunrise Center, working professionals in South Florida can earn a post-baccalaureate degree without having to leave their neighborhood.

William Rossi, a senior lecturer and Wells Fargo Faculty fellow, teaches a class at the UF MBA Sunrise Center. The program is taught by the same nationally recognized faculty that teaches for the Gainesville MBA programs.

They work full-time during the week and double as students of the professional MBA program. After 2 years of attending their weekend classes, they’ll hold an MBA from the University of Florida.

The professional MBA program already existed in Gainesville prior to the South Florida program’s creation. But the university wanted to reach out to business professionals in Miami and Fort Lauderdale without needing them to make a five-hour drive to the Gainesville campus.

Alex Sevilla, assistant dean and director of the UF MBA program, said the program has been very successful and has allowed the university to reach out to incredible candidates that aren’t within the vicinity of Gainesville.

When the program first started in South Florida in 2004, students and professors met in hotel conference rooms for classes. But in 2009, the university opened the 6000-sqaure foot office space, which houses two executive classrooms, a lobby and student interaction space.

Although applicants need only two years of professional work experience to apply, the average student is 30 years old with seven years of experience.

The result is a strong network of colleagues and faculty’s ability to capitalize on students’ experiences, Sevilla said.

This year, the program added a mandatory international study tour, where students visit a foreign country for one week to tour factories and meet business leaders. In the past, students have interacted with companies like Exxon Mobil and Lockheed Martin.

The tour counts as two credits toward the degree, with all costs covered except flights and some meals.

Candidates are accepted on a rolling basis with initial courses starting every July. This year’s program, which begins July 19, is still accepting students.

For more information, contact Naz Erenguc, assistant director of admissions, at naz.erenguc@warrington.ufl.edu or 352 273-1836.

– Stefanie Cainto (BSJ ’13)