The University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business has been ranked third on the Hartford Business Journal's list of the largest MBA programs in Connecticut, and has been listed as one of the nation's "Best Business Schools" by the Princeton Review.
John Stearns of the Hartford Business Journal writes that MBA programs are trying to differentiate themselves on scheduling flexibility, online availability, subject concentrations, international trips, dual degrees, accelerated studies, coaching, and networking. “They're among the buzzwords and offerings Connecticut universities pitch as they strive to stand out in the competitive MBA marketplace,” according to Stearns.
Based on the 2014–2015 enrollment rankings, it appears the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business MBA program ticks the right boxes for MBA-seeking professionals. “This ranking is a tribute to the contributions of our dedicated faculty, staff, and student leaders at the Barney School,” said Barney School Dean Martin S. Roth, who is quoted in the Hartford Business Journal article.
"We have tried to adapt the (MBA) program to meet the increasingly complex demands that students have on their time, both professionally and personally," Roth said. "People are doing more telecommuting, people are working nontraditional hours; it's not just a 9-to-5 world anymore. People are engaged in a lot more team and project-based work that often requires them to engage with colleagues or business partners in different time zones so they have to be on call during nontraditional hours. For all of those reasons, we want to try to provide students with as much flexibility as we can."
The Hartford Business Journal ranks MBA programs solely based on enrollment in 2014–2015 as compared to 2013–2014. Specifically, the University of Hartford’s MBA program saw enrollment climb from 468 to 489. See the complete list in the Hartford Business Journal.
Meanwhile, in the Princeton Review's annual compilation of the nation's "Best Business Schools," Barney students who were surveyed commented favorably on their academic, career preparation, and other experiences. The Barney School provides students with the flexibility they want and the quality they need when seeking MBA and MSAT degrees, students said. “For the working professional, this program is perfect. In and out of classes at convenient times leaves time to do other activities and keep a good work/school-life balance,” said one student.
One student says of the decision to get an MBA from the University of Hartford: “I needed a place that saw my time as a two-way street.” UHart distinguishes itself in its “good reputation in insurance,” “dual degree master’s in mechanical engineering and MBA,” and its location in the job-rich Northeast corridor, students said. Its small classes make it “easy to get into the classes you want,” while the program’s format and schedule offer “flexibility and accommodation to students who work full time.”
Many student comments praise the strengths of the Barney School faculty: “The greatest strength” of the program “is the quality and enthusiasm of the professors in the program as it relates to their disciplines,” one student said. The “administration is helpful and prompt” and “takes pride in the experience its students have during their matriculation here.” According to students, professors demonstrate “their teaching skills and business experience,” and “excellent comprehension of future trends.” With regard to UHart students themselves, they are “experienced in their respective fields,” and “intelligent and participative in discussions.”