Once, the majority of overall Masters in Management (MiM) programs were delivered almost exclusively face-to-face, but Covid is changing that. Classroom teaching is still seen as the gold standard of business education, but the pandemic forced institutions to experiment with online learning.
And having seen the merits of the virtual classroom, and invested heavily in online learning environments that have raised the quality of online instruction, many institutions are now implementing blended models of teaching that mix online sessions with in-person classes. They are doing so even as vaccines reduce the impact of coronavirus and enable more teaching to take place on campus around the globe.
The moves reflect the belief that some online teaching better reflects changes in working practices, with the Covid-induced shift to hybrid work now expected to be permanent. Online teaching better prepares students for digital leadership and it gives them virtual communication skills that employers are crying out for.
On the other hand, online learning has contributed to the deterioration of mental health in student populations, and has deprived students of important networking opportunities in person, which are difficult to replicate online. As a result, many schools have faced calls for tuition fee refunds and some admitted MiM students have deferred their entry until the pandemic is over.
So it seems likely that a blend of online and campus teaching will take place for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, here are the best blended and fully online options for prospective MiM candidates to consider:
The full-time Masters in Management at the London School of Economics blends both in-person and online elements. The flexible approach builds on the innovations and improvements the school has put in place during the Covid pandemic. LSE is one of the most respected academic institutions globally and is ranked highly worldwide for its management teaching.View School Profile
France’s Neoma Business School offers a highly ranked full-time Master in Management course that has embraced blended learning. The school has even developed a virtual campus where students can move around and interact with each other using custom avatars. A leader in teaching innovation, Neoma also uses virtual reality to beam students who are on campus to far-flung locations for company visits.View School Profile
In Spain, IE Business School offers one of the world’s leading Master in Management programs full-time from Madrid. But, the school has adopted a “liquid learning” model that blends digital and physical education. The school believes that such fluidity reflects today’s increasingly digital world of work. Students can attend remotely for some portions of the course.View School Profile
The MSc in Management Engineering at Politecnico di Milano School of Management in Milan uses blended learning. The two-year, full-time course focuses on innovation, change and digital strategy, which lends itself to the blended delivery model. The school has developed technology to support remote learning including an AI application that supports students’ career development.View School Profile
ESCP Business School, which has six European campuses, is teaching about 20 percent of its full-time MiM program online and 40 percent on site. For the remaining time, students will be able to choose which delivery method suits them best. The school has also invested lavishing in online teaching technology to make collaboration between remote participants more seamless.View School Profile
The Online MSc in International Business Management at EDHEC Business School is an intensive 18-month program delivered part-time with live virtual classes every week and independent study time. EDHEC is a leading academic institution based in France with a strong track record of management teaching and career development.View School Profile
The UK’s University of Birmingham offers a part-time MSc International Management that is delivered 100 percent online. It was the first fully online MSc to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA). The student body is highly diverse with 65 percent of the cohort from outside the UK and studying from more than 60 different countries.View School Profile
In France, ESSEC Business School near Paris offers a full-time MiM that is well-regarded and has recently introduced blended teaching. Although the school has ramped up campus teaching post-Covid, about 25 percent of the program will still be delivered online moving forward. Students also split their time between France, Singapore and Morocco, where ESSEC has its campuses.View School Profile
The MSc Business & Management course is Aston Business School’s flagship distance learning program. It is delivered 100 percent online over two years on a part-time basis. Aston is among the elite 1 percent of business schools worldwide that hold “triple-crown” accreditation from AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS, the leading accreditation bodies for business schools.View School Profile
Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management runs a fully online Master of Science in Management and Leadership. A part-time program, students spend roughly 20 hours per week studying and taking lectures. They can specialize in a number of fields such as global business, healthcare management, human resources and information technology.View School Profile