Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Middlebury Institute to Phase Out MBA Program

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The Middlebury Institute announced on May 25 that it will phase out its MBA and joint MBA programs by the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

May 25, 2017

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey will phase out its MBA and joint MBA degree programs by the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. This fall’s entering class of students will be the last to have the option of pursuing MBA or joint MBA degrees.

The Institute, which enrolls more than 800 students in a variety of international policy and language-focused MA programs, will ensure that students currently in the program or enrolling this fall receive all of the necessary courses required to graduate.

“We are fully committed to meeting the educational goals of our existing and incoming students,” said Jeff Dayton-Johnson, dean of the Institute. “We look forward to working with our faculty to accomplish this in a positive and supportive environment.”

The MBA program was one of the largest degree programs at the Institute, with more than 200 enrolled students in the early 1990s. But since then, student demand for the program has declined, a phenomenon experienced at a number of business schools nationally.

The Institute has responded to changing student interests and emerging fields of study by adding or redesigning MA degree programs repeatedly over the years. Today, the largest degree programs at the Institute include Translation and Interpretation, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, International Policy and Development, and International Education Management, the latter of which did not exist six years ago.

The Middlebury Institute will see its third consecutive year of enrollment growth when students arrive next fall.

“We’re pleased to see that student demand for the Institute’s programs is increasing,” said Dayton-Johnson. “Going forward, we believe we will serve our students best with a clear focus on the most pressing global issues that students want to engage with.”

Dayton-Johnson noted that the Institute will continue to offer business-education classes across many of the master’s degree policy programs, adding that “our practical, hands-on approach to teaching and learning, and the careers our graduates seek, make it essential that we offer strong business instruction.”

The Institute has reached out directly to current and incoming students with information tailored to their specific questions. It is expected that all current faculty in the MBA program will serve out the terms of their contracts.

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Instead of phasing out the program because it has few students put more money into the program and increase recruitment. I graduated in 1995 from MIIS with an MBA in International Management and at that time no one knew who MIIS was. It took five minutes on every interview just to explain the school. Now you have a great parent like Middlebury with a great reputation. The world needs more international MBA's and the job market is going to continue to need these skill sets more than ever. The MBA served me well with Mitsubishi International Corporation in Japan and NYC and helping me start multiple companies as a co-owner.

The US because of its shale gas reserves now does not need to police the 7 seas since we are energy independent. You are already seeing the Trump Administration retreat and there is credible evidence that Russia, and China, and the Middle East will have to create regional security conflicts over securing the shipping lanes and their individual demographics and old age populations for Russia and China and Japan will weaken these countries even more.

Middlebury Institute can help stress an international focus to business in a retreating American economic and foreign policy. We have leaders now that have no understanding of geography, history, language, culture, demographics, the environment, security, which is making our foreign policy ignorant at best and dangerous at worst. Please don't shut down your MBA program. It is short sighted. Government service jobs will shrink more and more in the future but an MBA is always a plus in any corporation.

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