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IU Northwest MBA Program Open for Business in Michigan City

Highly ranked program extending its footprint to professionals further along lakeshore, including southwest Michigan

Monday Sep 11, 2017

Beginning in January, Indiana University Northwest’s School of Business and Economics will offer its popular Weekend MBA for Professionals Program in Michigan City, Ind. On-site courses will take place at the Northern Indiana Education Foundation (NIEF), located at 402 Franklin St.

The move to bring the Saturday in-class component to Michigan City opens doors for professionals in the LaPorte and Porter County areas, as well as southwest Michigan, who can now earn a prestigious IU Northwest MBA – a program accredited by AASCB International, the premier accreditation body for schools of business – without having to travel to the main campus in Gary, Ind.

According to Cynthia Roberts, dean of the School of Business and Economics, the program’s extension strengthens the advanced degree options for the local business community and helps IU Northwest deliver on its commitment to creating a brighter future for all. “We are excited to make our Weekend MBA program available to even more working professionals, including those in the LaPorte and Porter County areas, as well as Southwest Michigan, who are seeking a local option for advancing their careers.”

The Weekend MBA for Professionals is a team-based hybrid program in which students take two courses every eight weeks: one online and the other in the classroom.

John Gibson, director of graduate and undergraduate programs, said the program is popular because the structure makes it easier for working professionals to complete their degree at the same time they are advancing their careers. “Working and going to school can be challenging,” Gibson said, “but the Weekend MBA program combines the best features of web-based and face-to-face learning to make it more convenient for students.”

Known for its focus on blending leadership and teamwork into the curriculum, the program affords students some additional benefits, including the chance to earn Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification as well as an international experience. In the past, Weekend MBA students have traveled to Thailand and China to study international business practices.

The IU Northwest School of Business and Economics for five decades has provided the highest quality business education available. Only 15 percent of business schools domestically and less than five percent of business schools internationally earn accreditation from AACSB International, a prestigious certification of quality for business schools.

Thanks to this standard of quality, the School is able to offer its high achieving students membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Society.

The course fee includes breakfast and lunch provided on class days as well as a Surface Pro tablet loaded with the most recent versions of popular business software.

For applicants with five or more years of professional managerial experience, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is not required to apply.

For more information about the Michigan City Weekend MBA or to apply, visit  Or, call (219) 980-6635 or e-mail

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