Today is the first day of my last year of part-time MBA program at GW School of Business (GWSB). Summer break, vacation are all history, and I did not even manage to put a short report on my Cancun vacation ;-( . Now it’s not likely I will have time for that. But before I get into the thick of my studies, I will keep you up to date on my Fall 2012 Term at GWU.
As of the end of my Summer term I had total of 36 credits towards 52.5 credits required for graduation. It leaves me with 16.5 more credits needed before the end of the school year. At my usual pace of 7.5 credits per Fall and Spring Term each, I will be short 1.5 credit by the end of Spring term. Graduate students at GWU, including MBAs, are allowed to participate in a “walk-through” graduation ceremony in May if they have no more than 9 credits left for Summer term. So in my case I will have to take one more short class in Summer to finish it all. And this is currently my plan.
At some point I had aspirations to make up for credit shortage by taking short-term international program during the winter break, but it does not seem feasible at this point. I still have a vague hope for the Spring break, if something comes up, but I am not betting on that.
For the Fall term I have total of four classes:
Database and Web Analytics
Risk Management for Projects
Conflict Management and Negotiations
Today I was supposed to have my first class for Database and Web Analytics, but professor was not able to make it to the class because of the cancellation for air travel caused by Hurricane Irene. Turned out our professor for this class lives in New Hampshire. So we had an online Elluminate Live session from Blackboard. I hope that professor is really good since the Business Schools engages him all the way from New England .
All but Macroeconomics are elective classes, i.e. I chose them because they seemed really interesting to me. Conflict Management and Negotiations is the only class that is 3 credit and a full term long. It was highly recommended to me by one of my classmates last year. I looked at the syllabus and realized that it is going to be not only very interesting, but quite labor intensive too. A lot of negotiation simulations with written reports, all group assignments with required out of class negotiations. I am looking forward to it and hoping I am not going to get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of work.
My next scheduled class this week is Risk Management on Wednesday. Will be glad to return to campus. Happy New MBA year to all!