Champlain College Modernizes the MBA


BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Master of Business Administration (MBA) - long considered the higher education stamp of readiness for corporate success - has been struggling to fill that call, as many business leaders find that MBA programs fail to impart the skill sets required by modern day enterprises. But what distinguishes a modernized MBA that is equipped to prepare today's professional for tomorrow's quagmires and opportunities?

Fortune 500 CEOs have repeatedly shared that, when looking for employees, a technical degree is not enough, and that creativity and critical thinking are the lifeblood of their business. To bridge the gap, Champlain College Online reconstructed its long-standing MBA to create a new Online MBA program, rooted in real-world applications, that prepares adult learners with financial analysis, leadership development, communication and decision-making skills. Students will graduate with a sophisticated understanding of the quantitative side of the enterprise, and also the ability to harness more integrative, creative, and strategic approaches to modern business challenges that enable more agile problem solving.

"Graduate-level business degrees are often necessary for career advancement, but today's business leaders are also looking for candidates who possess the qualitative understanding to turn data into actionable ideas," said Peter Lotto, Global Business Leader & Champlain College Faculty Member. "Professionals now need to ‘look beyond the spreadsheet' and solve messy, complex global issues while navigating institutional realities, cultural differences and conflicting goals and perspectives."

Rated as among the most innovative colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Champlain regularly evolved its longstanding MBA program, but the recent redesign amplifies the College's commitment to meeting marketplace demands from its federal and private sector partners, such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and MetLife. The new MBA program helps working professionals recognize the institutional, cultural, and external factors influencing their environment while advancing the work of their enterprise. Students will graduate with the following essential business competencies:

  • Complex challenge analysis using design and systems thinking
  • Problem identification and solution formulation recognizing impact enterprise-wide
  • Effective communication using logical, persuasive, fact-based arguments
  • Risk evaluation through questioning underlying assumptions and emerging trends
  • Ethically balancing qualitative and quantitative factors, including interpretation of financial statements and recognizing contending interests

Champlain College's Online MBA program is comprised of a core curriculum and a choice of embedded graduate certificates such as human resources, advanced management, health care administration, supply chain management, leadership or accounting.

"Champlain's new MBA program provides adult learners with the core competencies found in a well-rounded business degree and then adds the options for specialization that set our students apart from other graduates," explains Dr. Mika Nash, Dean of the Division of Champlain College Online at Champlain College. "Our rigorous curriculum, expert practitioners, and nationally ranked online programs prepare professionals for rapidly evolving business environments and allow them to immediately apply their newfound knowledge and sharpened thinking."

To successfully develop a competitive and nimble MBA program, Champlain College Online looked at past, current, and future business trends and issues to prepare graduates with the mental agility, self-awareness and cross-functional dexterity needed to effectively tackle the challenges that professionals will face throughout their careers.

The new MBA is also available to Champlain's truED alliance partners spanning more than 60 leading government and private sector organizations. truED provides partner organizations and their employees access to Champlain's new MBA - along with 50 other 100% online undergraduate and graduate programs - with considerable tuition discounts. To see if your organization is a Champlain partner, please visit

For more information on the MBA program visit or call 1-888-545-3459.

Free webinars for all prospective MBA students will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 24 and Tuesday, Aug. 30.

About truED®
truED is developed and supported as part of Champlain College's Online Champlain College Online Division. Through the affordable truED model, and alliances with leading organizations in government and industry, Champlain College delivers accessible and immediately applicable online higher education to help employees gain the skills and knowledge needed to enhance their careers and achieve their organization's business objectives. Champlain's certificate and degree programs not only provide field-specific knowledge, but also the critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills essential for the modern workforce. For more information about truED, visit

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain offers a traditional undergraduate experience from its beautiful campus overlooking Lake Champlain and over 90 residential undergraduate and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates. Champlain's distinctive career-driven approach to higher education embodies the notion that true learning occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review's The Best 384 Colleges: 2019 Edition. For the fourth year in a row, Champlain was named a "Most Innovative School" in the North by U.S. News & World Report's 2019 "America's Best Colleges,” and a “Best Value School” and is ranked in the top 100 “Regional Universities of the North” and in the top 25 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching.” Champlain is also featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges for 2019 as one of the "best and most interesting schools" in the United States, Canada and Great Britain and is a 2019 College of Distinction. For more information, visit