Whether you want to advance at work or run your own business, an MBA is a sound investment in your professional growth. But in today’s competitive workforce, you need an MBA that can truly help you stand out.

The University of Louisville (UofL) Online MBA breaks the mold in order to do just that. Alongside proven business theories, practices and leadership models, you’ll experience direct exposure to international business concepts and applications, and gain specialized knowledge designed to help you get ahead—all part of the UofL Online MBA package.

An MBA recognized for its quality

“We have the highest level of business school accreditation through the AACSB,” says Richard Germain, Associate Dean within the College of Business and Program Director for the MBA programs. AACSB-accredited schools are recognized for the high caliber of their instructors and innovative coursework relevant to business today.

“Our core courses are taught by full-time faculty,” Germain emphasizes, and the unique cohort-based program means students starting at the same time move through the program together. By the end, he says the students become colleagues—building a network of peers that can benefit you well beyond graduation.

A tailored approach – with a local perspective

As a degree that stresses its flexibility, UofL’s Online MBA provides the opportunity to maximize your experience and education by offering a pair of certificate options with a Louisville flair, centered on two economic strengths for our city: distilled spirits and franchising. A certificate in either field will fulfill the MBA’s elective requirements, meaning earning your MBA also gives you a heightened degree of specialization

In Kentucky, bourbon isn’t just the drink of choice; it’s an $8.5 billion industry and a top U.S. export product. The number of distilling jobs doubled in the past 10 years, with continued growth expected. Visitors from around the world are drawn to this collective expertise and the rich bourbon culture, with more than a million people visiting distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® in 2017—a tour that kicks off right here in Louisville at the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center.

If you’re interested in being a part of this growing industry, the Online Distilled Spirits Business Certificate can give you a competitive edge. Developed in partnership with industry experts, the curriculum features the most relevant knowledge and skills you need for a successful career in this field.

Louisville is also home to major franchisors like YUM! Brands and Papa John’s International, as well as the Networld Media Group, the organization that hosts the annual Restaurant Franchising & Innovation Summit. In fact, the 2018 conference was held here, with executives from some of the hottest franchise brands sharing their expertise and ideas with franchisees from across the country.

It’s not just food franchises that offer business opportunities for those with an entrepreneurial spirit. From haircuts and dry cleaning to home care and hotels, there are nearly 800,000 franchise businesses in the United States employing more than 8 million people, and employment growth in the franchise industry is expected to continue at a greater rate compared to other businesses.

For those interested in starting a franchise or growing their current enterprise, UofL offers an Online Franchise Management Certificate. In this program, instructors with extensive industry experience share critical insights and practical knowledge about franchising. You’ll develop the skills you need to acquire, run, and grow a franchise business, and earn 250 credits toward the Certified Franchise Executive™ designation from the International Franchise Association (IFA) with each completed course.

Local flair – with international exposure

With this type of comprehensive MBA education, you’ll specialize your knowledge and also broaden your horizons. Whether you’re based in the U.S. or abroad, understanding international business can be critical to your success, obtaining a promotion or landing a job. As a UofL Online MBA student, you’ll gain valuable insights firsthand through the 10-day international study trip. Alongside other students and faculty, you’ll explore companies in the area and experience local life.

You pay for airfare and incidentals, and the rest is covered by your MBA program tuition, including hotels, transportation, and most meals. The international trip is optional for Online MBA students. If you opt to not travel, you will instead take an online international business course.

An MBA that stands out – so you can too!

UofL’s online MBA program stands out in the market, and so do its students. Whether your sights are set on a local Fortune 500 corporation or a regional industry, you’ll be prepared to take your career to the next level. Learn more today.