At LFGSM, we offer two unique MBA experiences that serve to broaden your strengths and allow you to rise higher in your career. The Leadership MBA (LMBA) is a general management business degree, typically serving a student population with more work experience. Our Immersion MBA (iMBA) allows those with less real-world experience to become immersed in a virtual-reality clone of a real company with real products, customers, competitors, opportunities and failures. By rotating through as many as 10 of the company’s departments, you learn core business functions by actually working in each area.
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The Lake Forest Leadership MBA is a general management business degree, providing a broad knowledge base in the areas that are critical for success in today’s business environment. Timely business topics are incorporated into a curriculum which includes accounting, business management and policy, communications, economics, finance, marketing, organizational development, and strategy.
At Lake Forest, you will study the issues facing business leaders today, and learn how to approach them with confidence. Interactive and personal, the Leadership MBA curriculum employs a wide range of teaching methodologies that enhance your experiential learning and improve retention. You will benefit by learning from facilitated discussions, case studies, computer simulations and exercises, role-play, team projects and presentations, web enhanced assignments including online discussion groups, and the application of classroom learning to your current workplace projects.
During your iMBA, 75% of your time will be spent in the virtual-reality environment and 25% participating in online discussions and group projects with your fellow students and faculty. This allows you to benefit from the interaction with your virtual bosses and co-workers, and then take the learning to the next level through conversations with other students and faculty members.
This kind of immersive business learning experience sets you apart in the workplace and when interviewing for a job. iMBA graduates will have “been there and done that” when asked about marketing initiatives, finance projects, organizational strategy, human resources, leadership and business ethics. We believe there’s never been a graduate business experience that does so much, so quickly, to prepare aspiring professionals for the challenges and opportunities of the business world. This kind of innovative MBA education, coupled with career development services from LFGSM, make the iMBA the perfect choice for professionals early in their careers or moving from non-business roles (i.e. Military or healthcare specialists) etc. to the business world.
Professionals who are non-degree-seekers can choose to benefit from the Leadership MBA curriculum or the Immersion MBA (iMBA) by pursuing a Graduate-level Certificate Program, derived from the core courses in the LMBA program. With LFGSM’s signature “learn it today, use it tomorrow” approach to business education, certificate students will be able to acquire the specific graduate level skills they they most desire.
If you are interested in learning more about an MBA from LFGSM, whether you are dipping your toe in the water, or diving straight in, attending an MBA Preview is a great way to learn more about what makes Lake Forest the premier part-time MBA program for Chicago-area professionals.
Take a look at how the virtual environment works within the iMBA