VILLANOVA ONLINE MBA INFORMATION SESSION

Originally presented September 28, 2016

Transcript:

Beth Emperor:            Welcome to the Villanova School of Business online MBA information session.  Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to join us this evening.  My name is Beth Emperor and in addition to moderating tonight’s presentation, I am also an enrollment advisor for the online MBA program.  All participants are in listen only mode so you can hear us, but we cannot hear you.  Should you have any questions throughout tonight’s session, please type them in the question and answer box on the left hand side of the screen and hit send.  We will answer as many questions as time allows at the end of the presentation.  If your question was not answered during the session, one of our enrollment advisors will follow up with you directly.  A recording of today’s presentation will be available shortly after the event and we will send you the link to the email address you provided at registration. Our main presenters this evening will be two of our graduate enrollment advisors for the MBA program, Jacquelyn Loerop and Dion Travers.  Tonight’s agenda will cover a brief overview of the Villanova School of Business followed by a more detailed discussion of the online MBA program.  Additionally, we will also touch on the admissions process and provide helpful hints to keep in mind when completing your application. We will conclude tonight’s presentation with a question and answer session with our enrollment advisors, as well as the director of graduate admissions, Claire Bruno and Marie Whitman, the associate director of program operations.  Once again, we ask that you type your questions in the question and answer box on the left hand side of the screen. Kicking off the presentation this evening will be senior enrollment advisor Jacquelyn Loerop.  Thank you very much and welcome Jackie. Jacquelyn Loerop:      Thank you Beth and welcome everyone.  We are delighted to have you join us and we appreciate your interest in the online MBA program.  Villanova University and in particular the Villanova School of Business are nationally recognized by multiple publications for their top-notch educational experience on both the graduate and undergraduate level.  We continuously strive to provide a best in class experience for all of our students, whether they are on campus or online. Some of the key components to our success, as reflected in our rankings are the result of the strengths of our academics, the expertise of our faculty and the caliber of our students.  So why chose VSB?  As an AACSB accredited institution Villanova is in good company with all of the top ranked business schools in the country.  Many of our faculty are recognized leaders in their respective fields and actively engaged in research as well as consulting a variety of organizations from around the world. Through the input of our faculty, Villanova worked to create an online track of it’s highly regarded MBA program, allowing students from all over the country and the world to earn the same MBA as our on campus students taught by the same faculty in a convenient online format. Our curriculum is comprehensive in nature blending theory with practice.  Our students participate in various learning opportunities throughout the program that often times have immediate and lasting results.  Additionally, we work with students in all phases of their careers and offer various career and professional tools to develop the needs of our online population.  We understand you all have busy lives, so with the exception of the campus residency, which we will speak to in the coming slides, all of our courses are offered online. Each online course has been structured and designed to support a high touch learning environment.  One where you have direct access to professors and your peers and this culture exemplifies Villanova which is based on extensive community and one where you can build meaningful relationships that extend beyond the classroom.  I will now turn it over to Dion, who will spend a few minutes on the structure, format and curriculum of the program. Dion Travers:              Thank you Jackie and welcome everyone.  The VSB MBA program is designed to be completed in 24 months or six semesters.  And each of these semesters is broken down into two seven or eight week sessions.  The curriculum is inclusive of 21 courses, which are a mixture of one and a half and three credit hour classes for a degree total of 48 credits.  There is one week long required campus residency as well as two practicum experiences, one of which includes an optional global immersion. In terms of the format, most of the course content is asynchronous, which means that students can review the material and work on assignments at times that work best with their schedule.  Each of our courses, however, does have a synchronous or live component, which is offered once a week in the evening.  The format of these sessions depends on the faculty, but some professors like to include lectures.  Others will have discussions or some will review specific assignments.    While participation in these synchronous sessions is encouraged, it is not required and all of these sessions are recorded. The MBA curriculum is comprised of five core components: MBA fundamentals, the functional core, VSB pillars, capstones and electives.  The MBA fundamentals consist of the online primer and the leadership challenge course.  The online primer is designed to provide a baseline of knowledge in such topics as accounting, finance and economics.  For some of you this might be a refresher, but for others it provides a necessary introduction to critical business topics.  The leadership challenge course, takes place during the residency weekend, which Jackie will be discussing shortly. The functional core includes courses in accounting, statistics, finance, marketing, operation and leadership, all of which are considered core components of a strong business education.  The VSB pillars further cover various topics such as ethnics, technology, innovation, and global political economy.  Additionally, we offer a variety of electives, which will allow you to further customize the focus of the program and earn a specialization in the following areas: finance, marketing, analytics and strategic management.  Lastly, we have our capstone courses, one at the midpoint and one of the end of the program. Jacquelyn Loerop:      So we felt it was important to incorporate a campus residency at the beginning of the program which provides an opportunity for our online students to meet each other in person, along with many other faculty teaching in the program.  Our three day intensive residency weekend sessions is held on Villanova’s campus, which includes the leadership challenge course.  Students are required to register for this course and participate in the residency weekend in either their first or second semester in the program. During the weekend, students will participate in orientation and teen building activities as well as attend a welcome dinner with various faculty and staff members.  The bulk of the weekend is devoted to the leadership challenge course which focuses on dynamic and some of the challenges of providing responsible leadership and developing high performance teams.  Throughout the weekend, you will engage in a variety of different projects and several group based assignments.  The onsite cost of the residency weekend are included in your tuition, however students are financially responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from campus. The social enterprise consulting practicum is the midpoint capstone of the program.  In line with Villanova’s mission of giving back to the community, students will work in teams and partner with either non-profit or for-profit client firms on a project that serves the common good.  The type of projects vary depending on the needs of the clients, but in the past students have assisted with areas like marketing initiatives, financial planning and community outreach.  This is a full semester course offered over two sessions, so students have ample time to partner with a client firm and immerse themselves into their projects. To date, we are proud to report that we have consulted with over 150 organizations.  As you can see, based on the sample listed, the companies we work with are very diverse and vary in size and mission.  One of the most popular courses in the program through social enterprise consulting practicum provides students not only the opportunity to work on something that they are passionate about, but they are also giving back to the community, while also applying skills that they learned in the program. The global practicums, which is taken in the last semester of the program is designed to enrich your awareness of the cultural, business, economic, and political climate of an emerging economy.  Students work in teams and conduct extensive research and explore possible solutions to current market issues that are challenging global organizations. Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in the optional international merging that occurs about halfway through the course.  Similar to the residency weekend, on-site expenses for the international immersion are included in your tuition, however students are responsible for any travel related costs to and from the destination.  Those who are unable to travel will complete a domestic equivalent of the course. Dion Travers:              As previously mentioned, the program is comprised of 21 courses with a mixture of one and a half and three credit hour classes spread over six semesters.  The following table shows the course progression for online students who started in the fall of 2016.  Students typically complete either a seven and a half or nine credits each semester and take either one or two courses per session.  Depending on what semester you begin the program you will follow a particular path, which is illustrated here by the alternating course offerings in your second through fifth semesters. Starting with the fundamentals and functional core, students progress through their courses continuously building upon the knowledge they acquire at each stage of the curriculum.  With the electives and capstones taken towards the middle and end of the program. Jacquelyn Loerop:      The Villanova School of Business graduate program’s office is committed to providing students with tools and resources to be successful in their current roles, as well as those looking to transition. The following career and professional development services are readily available to all students, both campus and online, lead by a dedicated staff who work exclusively with our graduate population.  We also have a variety of resources in the form of alumni, corporate contacts and industry professionals at our disposal to help meet our students needs. Dion Travers:              The first step on the path towards earning your MBA starts with the application process.  You will need to complete an online application which can be found on Villanova’s website or an enrollment advisor can send you a link to the application.  In order to be considered for admission, you will need to submit a copy of your most updated resume, two short essays, official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities where you completed nine or more credits, two professional letters of recommendation and either a GMAT or GRE score.  International students will need to submit a TOEFL score, evaluation of all foreign transcripts and complete an interview.  We have three starts a year: spring, summer and fall and you are welcome to start in whichever session works best for you. When working through the application process, it helps to make a checklist so that you can complete each part step-by-step.  After you have created your online profile, you can save your progress as you finish each section and submit when you have everything completed. The next step would be to begin the financial aid application process if you are planning to file for federal assistance.  Once all the pieces of the application, including your essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, resume and test scores have been uploaded, you will be prompted to pay the $65 application fee, which will complete the submission process.  As a side note, there are GRE or GMAT waivers available to those that qualify.  You will need to contact your enrollment advisor for further information on this. Jacquelyn Loerop:      Important dates to keep in mind our spring session starts on the 17th of January and the formal deadline to have all of your application documents submitted for consideration is by Tuesday November 15th.  By beginning your application as soon as possible, there would be plenty of time to have your application completed and reviewed by your admissions team.  Due to the high volume of applications, we encourage you to apply early. Beth Emperor:            Thank you very much for your time and attention this evening.  I would now like to open the floor to any questions from our participants.  While you are typing your questions in the question and answer box, I do want to remind everyone again that a copy of tonight’s webinar will be emailed to you at the conclusion of the session.  In addition, everyone who attended tonight’s presentation will also be receiving a follow up email with an application fee waiver code.  Please note that this code is only valid for students submitting an application for the spring 2017 semester.  Now we will direct our first question to Claire.  Claire, we have a question – how many hours a week can a student expect to spend studying each week? Interviewee 3:              That’s a good question.  That would depend really on a student’s background.  Some students might be working or might have majored in finance or in marketing and so those classes might be a little bit easier for them whereas some classes that they aren’t familiar with, some subject matters that they haven’t experienced might take a little bit longer.  So, it really depends on a student’s background in terms of how much time and which classes they’re taking during the semester.  And that’s something that we can always talk to you more about individually and give you a better sense of how much time you might be on average spending outside of the classroom. Interviewee 4:              And hi everybody, this is Marie Whitman.  Just to kind of echo and elaborate a little bit on what Claire said, you know really a lot of it does depend on your background and your previous experience in business.  But classwork can typically range anywhere from 15-25 hours a week, again depending on your background, your skillset.  And how much time you would like to put into it.  Obviously, the more you put into it the more you’ll be getting out of it, but really good question, thank you for asking. Beth Emperor:            And thank you to you both.  Our next question is for Marie, and Marie can you please describe the residencies in more detail? Interviewee 4:              Sure.  We did touch on this a little bit in the presentation, but as Jackie discussed, it is a three-day intensive session that combines networking, team building, orientations and the leadership challenge class.  The Friday activity usually start in the afternoon and we have some light refreshments.  You’ll get to meet various faculty and staff members, as well as our leadership in the Villanova School of Business.  We actually just held the residency weekend for fall this past weekend and our new dean spoke at the residency and got to meet some of the students.  So, it’s just a really nice experience.  We have a welcome dinner, again, with the students, faculty and staff.  That’s usually on Friday night.  And then Saturday and Sunday you’re in classes all day from about 8:30, 9:00 in the morning ‘til about 6:00 at night. We do let out a little bit earlier on Sunday, Sunday typically ends around 4:00 because we do wanna be conscious of people who are coming in from different cities, different states.  But it’s always a very popular class and it’s a really enjoyable weekend for the students as well as the faculty and staff at Villanova. Beth Emperor:            Thank you Marie.  Our next question  is for Dion.  And Dion their question is are there any prerequisites to apply to the program? Dion Travers:              Well, thank you Beth.  And generally, we look for a GPA that is as close to 3.0 as possible.  In addition, we also require a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.  And we also look for at least two years of professional experience. Beth Emperor:            Thank you Dion.  Our next question also may go to Marie.  Marie, how __________ is a global practicum and is missing this part of the course extremely detrimental? Interviewee 4:              I wouldn’t say it’s extremely detrimental, no because we certainly do have  lot of students who, for various reasons, whether it’s work or family obligations are unable to travel.  However, I can say having participated in the global mergings, as a staff member accompanying our students, it is an amazing experience and one that I would highly recommend as many of you take advantage of as possible. Having the opportunity to not only learn about various countries, various cultures and business, ethnics, currency, all of that and then getting to physically be present in that country, it really is an amazing experience and one that I would say pretty much every student that has gone on has come back very positive, if not really transformed at the opportunity to have such a different and unique perspective. So again, no you’re not penalized in any way.  It’s not a problem if you are unable to.  But like we said, we strongly recommend it.  Typically, we will announce the location for the upcoming semester’s trip about six months out.  So, for example, our summer trip which we’ll be running in the trip of summer, 2017, we’ll be announcing that location to the students sometime around December.  So, we do make sure to give you adequate time to plan and make any necessary work and family arrangements. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Our next question will be for Jackie.  Are applications evaluated on a rolling basis or after the deadline? Jacquelyn Loerop:      Thank you Beth.  Applications, we have three entry points per year, fall, spring and summer.  So, we are continuously looking at recruiting and looking at applications that do come in.  We do have hard deadlines though for those semesters.  So, the deadline for the upcoming spring semester is November 15 and anything after that we would look at our summer semester.  So, if you are interested in spring, the deadline for that would be November 15. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Our next question is for Claire.  How does the practicum work and how would I communicate with my group and/or family or company? Interviewee 3:              You should look at it as a consulting project.  And so first of all you’ll be having conversations with your group in the same way you would work with them in any online class.  They’ll be ways for you to communicate with each other via email and I’ll ask Marie to join in a little bit later to give you an idea of what the platform is like, but a practicum really is meant to be a practical experience for you.  It’s meant to allow you to put into practice what you’ve learned in the classroom in a real life situation.  And it also gives you a chance to exercise some of the things that you’ve learned over the course of the entire program and actually get to see and experience how it would be if you actually had a true consulting project. Interviewee 4:              Thanks Claire.  Yeah, and again just to kind of echo what Claire says, because we model the program, the curriculum on our campus based program, it is identical.  So, while you won’t necessarily be meeting face to face with the clients as some of our on campus students do, you will be communicating with them via email, via Skype.  I shouldn’t say you won’t necessarily be meeting face to face with them because again depending on where you’re located, depending on your group, we have had students in the online program work with a company in their area. So, for example, somebody who was located out in California and they were interested in working with a non-profit in their area, they certainly can do that and that would allow them the opportunity to go and physically meet with a client, discuss the potential needs and how they’re going to assist them.  And then at the end of the semester, you would present, or everybody would present out to their clients and to the faculty online. The platform we currently use for our synchronous sessions and for things like presentations and the social enterprise consulting practicum is Adobe Connect.  So, again should you join the program, there’s a full tutorial on how to utilize Adobe Connect in our online orientation modules.  That may or may not be changing in the near future, but for now that’s what we utilize and it’s a pretty user friendly tool.  So, there are options to upload presentations.  You can talk over your mic.  You have the option to either use a webcam and be seen face to face or not.  So, again it’s a pretty flexible platform to use for that kind of stuff. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Our next question is also for Dion.  Dion, what scores are you looking for on the GMAT or GRE when considering students and what is the window of time for how long the scores will be valid? Dion Travers:              Thank you Beth that’s a great question.  We typically look for scores in the 500 range and above for the GMAT and for the GRE, 300 and above.  In terms of the timeframe, they have to be no more than five years old. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Marie our next question: can I do a dual concentration? Interviewee 4:              Yes you can.  Again, it just really depends on how many electives in a particular area you take in order to receive a concentration in one of the four particular areas or specialization I should say.  You need to take seven and a half credits of electives in that area.  However, virtually all of the electives can double count or are built to count toward multiple classes.  So, for example, you could be taking a class that would count for marketing and count for management. So, for example, if it’s a three-credit class, you’re getting three credits towards both marketing and management.  Or you can have a class that counts towards analytics and management.  Again, if it’s a three-credit class, those credits would count towards both.  So, it is absolutely possible to have a dual specialization and we’ve had a few students do that.  They just take a lot of electives and they really like taking extra courses above the 48 credits. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Claire, our next question is for you.  Is it possible to have a full-time job and complete the program in the two-year span? Interviewee 3:              Yes.  The online format is meant to be flexible and meant to allow you to fit it into your lifestyle.  It’s one of the things that I think the Villanova School of Business does really well.  We have a focus on the working professional.  And so we look at all of our programs that lend, knowing that you have busy lives that are filled with personal and professional commitments and none of those things go away.  In fact, you are actually adding another element into that busy life, an academic element now.  So, the online program really is meant to meet the needs of someone who has a very full life including a full job or people who might have families or people who do better, working in a more flexible environment.  And so, yes absolutely you can work full-time while pursuing this degree. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Marie, our next question is for you.  Will the online lectures be available for later in case we’re unavailable to watch online due to work commitments? Interviewee 4:              Yes, absolutely.  As mentioned during the presentation, all online synchronous sessions are recorded.  So, if you cannot attend live, you’re able to go back into the learning management system and we use Blackboard for that.  So, you’re able to log back in and view the recorded lectures.  You will have the ability to go back into the course until the end of a particular session.  Once the semester is over, you will not have access to that course anymore.  So, we do recommend if there are any particular lectures or video or things that you would wanna keep for future use that you download them and save them to your computer. But yeah, absolutely, again, this program is designed with flexibility and trying to be considerate of people’s work schedules.  All of our live synchronous work sessions start at 7pm eastern time or later.  Again, they typically run anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the faculty member.  So, we have faculty that teach at seven, that teach at eight, that teach at nine.  We might even have an upcoming course being taught around 10:00 in the evening, which I think will make westcoasters really happy that are faculty member is actually going to be in Europe.  So, he’s getting up at 4:00 a.m. to teach online.  So, again clearly you can do this from anywhere. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  We’ve had some questions related to the cost of tuition.  So, Jackie, if you could, just talk to us a little bit about the cost of tuition associated with the MBA program. Jacquelyn Loerop:      Sure, thank you Beth.  So, the cost of tuition currently for this upcoming spring semester, you are looking at a 48 credit program and you’re looking at $1,320 per credit hour.  So, the total tuition cost for the spring semester here, you’re looking at $63,360 over the course of the 48 credits. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Marie, we have another question for you in terms of an academic question.  What tools are offered for student collaboration in terms of message boards, email groups, things of that nature? Interviewee 4:              Currently, there is a lot available within Blackboard.  So, again you’ll see a lot of collaboration within Blackboard in terms of responding to posts on chatboards.  And again for the live sessions you’ll be interacting through Adobe Connect.  Students also have used Google Hangouts, Skype.  And there are various other researches which are available for use, again, because we may or may not be changing our synchronous platform in the near future.  It’s possible that we’re going to have some additions, but again it’s a little too soon for me to speak to those.  But typically, any that you would use, which I think what else WebEx, JoinMe, any kind of meeting platforms like that are pretty much at your disposal. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Our next question is for Dion.  How long after the November 15 application deadline do we learn if we’re accepted into the program? Dion Travers:              That’s a great question Beth, by the way.  Generally it takes up to two weeks for the admissions committee to deliver a response on the admission admitted or denial. Beth Emperor:            Okay, thank you very much.  Claire, we have a question for you.  Do professors have meeting hours dedicated to online students? Interviewee 3:              I think it depends on the professor.  I mean one of the things that I think is a hallmark of our programs in general is the accessibility of our professor.  So, whether you’re on ground or online, one of the things that we really like about the program and think is unique is that you’re going to have a similar experience and that goes – that is true for the faculty accessibility as well.  So, even if they don’t have specific or dedicated hours for students to talk with them, they’ll always give you a way to contact them.  So, whether it’s their email or dedicated hours, you’ll always be able to contact your professors. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Our next question is for Marie.  Do the online graduates literally receive the same degree as the online campus students?  And does the transcript or other records indicate that the program is online? Interviewee 4:              No.  There is nothing that says online on it.  You will be receiving a diploma from Villanova University that says Masters of Business Administration, same as our campus students do.  Because again, this program is just another track as far as we’re concerned.  At Villanova, there’s multiple tracks of MBA programs, so we have online, we have two campus tracks, our fast and our flex track, and our third campus track is our executive MBA program.  So again, just another delivery method for the same exact program. Beth Emperor:            And also a little bit of a follow up to that question.  Will students have access to campus resources and benefits, such as the library and gym, similar an online student as to a campus based student? Interviewee 4:              Absolutely.  When you come to campus for your residency weekend, you will be getting your Wildcard, which is your student ID and that will give you access to campus facilities, such as the library, the fitness center, our various dining halls.  And if you live in the area and choose to put money on it, you can use it as basically a debit card.  There’s numerous restaurants, stores in the surrounding area that accept it.  But yeah, you absolutely have all of the same rights and access to campus facilities, events, lectures, presentations as a campus student would. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Marie, I have another question.  What is the typical size of a graduating class? Interviewee 4:              Well, so far we’ve only had one.  We did launch the program in the fall of 2014, so those students actually completed their coursework this summer and their graduation date will be the fall of 2016, and we graduated 32 MBA students.  We only have one commencement ceremony a year and that’s held every May.  So, the students, I would say the majority of the students in the MBA program actually walked in our May 2016 ceremonies.  If you have nine or less credits in the program, you are permitted to walk in the commencement ceremony in May and then you just finish up your coursework in the subsequent semester.  And then your diploma will be mailed out to you directly.  But it is possible to graduate in either the fall or in December.  And then, again, you graduate in the spring and then the ceremony would take place in May.  So, it’s possible that we’ll only have students from September and December who technically have graduated participate in the May 2017 commencement ceremony, even though they officially graduated in fall or winter of 2016. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  Another question for you Marie, from a student, there are several pathway choices within the MBA.  Is there any way to know the career choices available with each pathway?  This student is currently a high school assistant principal, but also possesses a business degree and is looking for a change in career. Interviewee 4:              Absolutely.  With all of our specializations and again you don’t have to necessarily have a specialization.  There are certainly options.  It really kind of depends on what area you’re looking to focus your attention and focus your energy.  Again, as mentioned in the program we do have dedicated career services staff who, again, are happy to talk one-on-one.  It’s a little out of my area of expertise, but again are happy to talk one-on-one, phone, email, Skype to kind of go over what potential career choices could be made.  Because, again, we do frequently see people transitioning in their careers in this program.  So, again, having a conversation, having a dedicated person on staff like that is just another added benefit to our program that helps make it more personalized and unique for our students. Interviewee 3:              Hi, this is Claire.  I’m just gonna build upon what Marie was saying.  Career services and professional development are obviously important elements in our programs.  Make students to use graduate degrees in order to pivot in their career.  So, they have reached a certain point and they are looking to transition into another career that might not be directly related to what they’re currently doing. So, in those cases, something like an MBA is really helpful because as opposed to something like a specialized masters, which as an assistant principal you might have a specialized masters really just covers and makes you an expert in one particular area.  Whereas an MBA really gives you a combination of skill sets, so between hard and soft skills.  You’ll have business fundamentals on one side and then on the other side, you’ll have a combination of managerial, leadership, ethics classes, all combined to give you a really rich and deep set of skills. And so, many students find an MBA is very helpful when transitioning into a different career.  And as Marie said, we’re fortunate enough to have a really strong person in that particular role who will help you not only talk out what your next step might be and how to get there, but also to help you with crafting your story.  So, let’s say somebody who is looking to go from supply chain management to management consulting.  How do you explain that transition as you’re looking for new roles and really define what it is that you wanna do?  And so all of these resources, not only the ones that are directly related to career management and professional development, but your professors, your fellow students, the interactions that you’re gonna have in the classroom will certainly help you define what your next career steps might be. Beth Emperor:            Thank you Claire.  Our next question is for Jackie.  In the presentation as the program was laid out over six semesters and 24 months, is it possible for an online student to stretch out their education to fit their work and lifestyle? Jacquelyn Loerop:      Thank you Beth.  Yes.  So, basically the program is designed to be done in two years.  Now, if for some reason you need to stretch it out, you do work with your student services advisor to come up with a plan to do that.  You do have up until seven years to complete the program, although that’s not ideal, that is available to you.  But you do work with your student service advisor to come up with a plan to make sure that you’re taking the classes that you need to take and that you’ll graduate in time. Beth Emperor:            Okay, thank you.  And our next question, we’re going to – let’s see, trying to answer some questions – there’s some really good questions out here, so I’m just trying to really pick some of the really good ones.  In terms of the classes, either to Claire or to Marie, may I attend any classes in person while being in the online program? Interviewee 3:              Also really good question, I just saw that one come through.  Unfortunately, no.  And that really doesn’t have anything so much to do with us in our office.  It kind of has to do with the general university structure and how students are counted.  So, for example, if a student is designated as a campus student and counted as a campus student, we can’t just necessarily put them in an online class and vice versa.  So, if you are in the online program, you can only take the online courses.  If for any reason you find that you’re relocating to the area or if you are a local student and would like to attend class in person, then we would recommend at that point to register for the campus program. The campus program does allow for – I should say the campus program does allow for some online classes, but again, because of how the university from a reporting structure has to designate different student groups online unfortunately cannot take campus classes.  But again, should there be any lectures or special talks or presentations given by guest speakers, again, obviously you are more than welcome to come to campus to attend any of those. Beth Emperor:            Okay, we’ve had some questions again about the GRE or GMAT waiver.  So, Jackie if you could just review this for any students who may have come in a little later past the starting time.  If you could just review the requirements for the GRE or GMAT waiver one more time for us? Jacquelyn Loerop:      Sure, thank you Beth.  So, if you are interested in a GRE or GMAT waiver, you do need to contact your enrollment advisor and they’ll go through the process with you.  There is a form that you do need to fill out.  Typically what we look for is at least a 3.0 in your undergraduate degree as well as at least seven years of professional work experience.  What also can be considered if you have another master’s degree.  So, those are some things that you do need to talk to your enrollment advisor about and they’ll direct you to the form that needs to be filled out.  Once that form’s filled out you send that back to your enrollment advisor and then we send that over to approval for the program director.  Waivers are not automatic.  They do need to go through an approval process.  So, if you are interested in those, please go through your enrollment advisor. Beth Emperor:            Thank you very much.  Again, there’s so many great questions, just trying to pick out a few more.  We’ll probably do maybe one or two more questions.  So as we’re going through just trying to, again, pick out the best questions possible that are gonna really answer a lot of the questions that we seem to have at this point.  Marie, I guess if you could just answer this for us.  A student asked what would you say that makes the online MBA program at Villanova better than maybe some other similar online programs? Interviewee 4:              Well I readily admit I’m slightly biased.  I went to Villanova as an undergrad and got my masters there and I’ve worked there for 10 years so I might not be the right person to be asking only because Villanova as a whole I just find to be a very special place.  The sense of community, the caring of the professors to really work with you one on one as far as whether you have issues or you don’t.  the opportunity to network with classmates with industry professionals.  The various opportunities to network around both the city, again if you’re a local student and even, depending on where you are in the country, there are dozens and dozens of alumni chapters who often have events. It’s just a really special place.  Between the academic rigor of various programs, the various service opportunities that are offered across campus for all of our students.  Our national championship basketball team, I mean you really kind of can’t be the all-around Villanova education that you’ll get. I will say that for this program, particularly with the MBA, it is a very rigorous program.  Our faculty are the same faculty that teach on campus.  You are held to the same standards as a campus student.  There are programs out there that will give you credit for life experience and that’s great, but there’s really no way to measure that whereas here you’re measured by not just what you learn in books and through lectures, but how do you apply that in a practical sense?  This is a very practical hands on type program.  So, anything you learn in the program, it’s not just theory based.  It’s actually practical knowledge that you can incorporate into your current job, your current roles and responsibilities.  I would say if you’re really looking for a challenging, but very rewarding program that just happens to be delivered online, then this is definitely the program for you. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  And for our last question for the evening, this will be directed toward Dion, do you accept transfer credits? Dion Travers:              Why thank you Beth, yes that is a great question.  Actually, we do accept transfer credits, however they must be from an AACSB accredited institution and we only accept up to nine and there’s no guarantee that all nine will be accepted.  In order to have them evaluated, we require your syllabus and official transcripts for evaluation. Beth Emperor:            Thank you.  So at this time on behalf of Claire, Marie, Dion, Jackie and myself, we would, again, like to thank you for your time spent with us this evening.  Just one last reminder that everyone, again, will be receiving a copy of tonight’s webinar that you will receive via email.  In addition, you will also be receiving a follow up email with an application and fee waiver code.  And lastly, if there’s any questions that were not answered this evening, please be in contact with your enrollment advisor.  We want to ensure that everyone has the answers that are needed.  Again, thank you and we enjoyed spending our evening with you.  Good night. [End of Audio]