Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business is shutting down its full-time MBA program.
Starting next year, the school says, it will suspend admissions to its full-time program, which struggles to get about 175 applicants a year, and redeploy resources to build its part-time programs in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia.
The graduating class of 2015, which entered the full-time program this year, will be its last, says Steve Skripak, Pamplin’s associate dean for graduate programs. There are 88 students enrolled in the full-time program, he said, and courses and support activities for those students will go on as usual.
Skripak said the school’s resources can better be used to grow part-time MBA enrollment, particularly in northern Virginia: “It’s a huge market full of people trying to get an MBA, rather than a small town in southwest Virginia.”
Pamplin’s evening MBA program in Washington enrolls about 150 students, while its two-year professional MBA—which meets one weekend a month—has about 50. An executive MBA program at the school also has about 50 students.