Royal Roads Univer­sity

BC Business Magazine - - Bc Innovation Council -

OF­FER­ING: Blended MBA com­bin­ing two three-week res­i­den­cies with dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion TARGETMARKET: Work­ing pro­fes­sion­als seek­ing flex­i­ble learn­ing War­ren Eich­horst is a prag­matic sort who doesn’t like to jump through un­nec­es­sary hoops. The 2015 Royal Roads MBA grad­u­ate be­gan his ca­reer with a tech­ni­cal diploma in soft­ware de­vel­op­ment be­cause he thought a bach­e­lor’s de­gree, with all its elec­tives, would be an im­prac­ti­cal use of time and money. Pro­gram­ming jobs even­tu­ally led to a lead­er­ship role as VP of prod­uct and tech­nol­ogy at Burn­aby-based startup Conasys Inc., a maker of soft­ware that helps con­do­minium de­vel­op­ers in­ter­act with their home­own­ers. Eich­horst de­cided that he needed to en­hance his busi­ness knowl­edge.

Prag­ma­tism drove his choice of MBA schools. “I need some­thing that is go­ing to en­able me to work, have some­what of a so­cial life, as well as give me the end goal of learn­ing,” he re­calls think­ing. “Royal Roads is the best fit for me given the flex­i­bil­ity.” Eich­horst is now VP of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy for Go Di­rect Sup­ply Chain So­lu­tions Inc., a Rich­mond­based lo­gis­tics firm. Royal Roads’ 18- or 31-month pro­grams be­gin and end with a three-week res­i­dency at its Vic­to­ria cam­pus, with the rest of the course­work de­liv­ered on­line. The res­i­den­cies forge strong re­la­tion­ships among stu­dents with an in­tense sched­ule of classes, group work and team-build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Dis­tance learn­ing for the rest of the pro­gram max­i­mizes flex­i­bil­ity for work­ing peo­ple. This blended de­liv­ery aims to give stu­dents the ben­e­fits of both face-to-face and dis­tance­learn­ing mod­els.

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