The Residential Master of Business (RMBA) program at Anderson University is an innovative program designed for individuals who desire graduate-level studies immediately following completion of their undergraduate degree. As a part of the program, students obtain a co-op position with an area company. The newest class of RMBA students has been in the process of establishing their co-op locations and connections.
RMBA students’ co-op assignments are considered to be a crucial piece of their graduate education. The co-op program not only enables students to gain real world experience, but enables the university to build business and community relationships throughout central Indiana.
According to Kevin Sheward, current RMBA student and co-op participant, some of the places students are working this year include: Interactive Intelligence, Madison County Community Health Center, BILD & Company, Madison County Community Foundation, Somerset CPAs, and the Alumni, Finance, and MBA Programs Offices at Anderson University. Past students have connected with many different organizations and businesses including the Indianapolis Zoo, accounting and financial institutions, and various nonprofits.
“There’s a great opportunity in hiring a graduate-level co-op student – the organization receives a motivated, gifted, and highly educated individual who is excited to learn and contribute to the workplace,” Sheward commented. “The AU RMBA program equips us with the skills we need to make immediate impact in our places of employment, and provides the insight we need to take on great challenges in our communities.”
Only 19 students are admitted each year into the 10-month RMBA program. Students live in their own apartments at the AU Flagship Center, which creates a unique living-learning environment. RMBA students are taught and mentored by Falls School of Business faculty, and a “salt and light” model of Christian education is integrated into the program.