University of Florida to offer MBA Program in South Florida

Gainesville, Fla. — The University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration announces the launch of a new Master of Business Administration program for South Florida residents. For the first time, area business professionals will be able to earn their MBA from the University of Florida’s nationally ranked program by attending classes in Fort Lauderdale. While there are several established MBA programs in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, UF officials are confident that the Florida MBA differs substantially from those, and will quickly be seen as a popular choice for South Florida’s acknowledged and emerging business leaders. UF has the only MBA program in the state of Florida that is internationally recognized for excellence, earning Top 50 MBA Program rankings from U.S.News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist and Forbes.

Alexander Sevilla, Director of Florida’s Executive and Professional MBA Programs, says, “It’s a tremendous opportunity for many people. South Florida is a major hub of commerce and international trade, led by a community of bright, focused and ambitious professionals, many of whom seek to advance their career by earning an MBA. Before the launch of our new program, South Florida residents who wanted a degree from the state’s top-ranked MBA program had to travel 700 miles once a month to attend classes in Gainesville on UF’s campus. We feel that this thriving professional community needs and deserves a world-class MBA program-ranked by U.S. News and all of the other most important sources—to call its own.”

The Conference Center at Fort Lauderdale’s Wyndham Bonaventure Resort will be the location for UF’s Professional MBA Program in South Florida, but the convenient location is the only real difference between attending classes on the Gainesville campus or in South Florida.

“Potential students should not be concerned that this is a ‘watered-down’ version of our other MBA programs,” stressed Sevilla. “The same faculty who teach in UF’s Traditional and Professional MBA Programs, upon which our outstanding academic reputation is built, will travel to Fort Lauderdale to teach in this program. Just as important, those students will receive the same Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Florida as any who participate in our on-campus programs in Gainesville,” he said.

An intensive marketing effort is currently underway, with Information Sessions and corporate visits scheduled throughout South Florida beginning in April. Classes will begin in Fort Lauderdale in September 2004.