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A state institution in New Jersey with an AACSB accredited MBA program, William Paterson University provides a “good academic atmosphere” for business professionals looking to enhance their skills. At this largely local school, the faculty comprises “very intelligent” business experts who have “valuable real-world experience to bring into the classroom.” Eager to engage their students, William Paterson professors initiate “challenging discussions and clearly bring their experiences with them to the classroom.” While the teaching staff boasts solid academic credentials, students say, “some are better teachers than others.” For the best experience, a student says, “there are quite a few topnotch professors, and once you learn who they are, try to take as many classes with them as possible.”

At William Paterson, MBA coursework is divided into three tiers: the lower core, the upper core, and concentration courses/electives. Students with advanced business experience or an undergraduate business degree may be able to place out of lower core courses, though they are required to complete at least thirty credits. Currently, the school offers MBA concentrations in accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship, finance, and general MBA study. They also operate a unique program in music management (one of two music management programs in the country), which capitalizes on the school’s proximity to New York City. No matter what your field of interest, “professors promote teamwork” throughout the curriculum and soft skills are promoted alongside quantitative knowledge.

Principally catering to local professionals, William Paterson does its best to meet the needs and schedules of its busy student body. Of particular note, the majority of courses are taught in the evening (with additional offerings online and on weekends) so that students may continue with work and personal obligations during the day. In addition, there is a culture of support within the school community. A current MBA tells us “this is my first year back after ten years, and the school administration and professors have made coming back a smooth experience.” With just over 130 students in the MBA program, “class sizes are typically small (fifteen or so students),” and the “intimate setting” is ideal for promoting camaraderie and fostering individual talents. For additional assistance, the majority of professors are also “willing and eager to answer questions outside the classroom.”

While professors are well regarded, “the administration, on the other hand, has virtually no connection to its students.” Additionally, there are administrative and scheduling glitches throughout the MBA. For example, it is “difficult to graduate on time as there is a limit to class offerings and restrictions on virtually every lower-core course offering.” Even so, William Paterson is constantly improving its programs and appears to be on the up-and-up. If the positive changes continue, William Paterson’s “MBA program may become one of the absolute best in the region.”

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