More online MBA options for ethnic minorities & underrepresented groups

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Howard University provides award-winning programmes aimed at ethic minorities and underrepresented groups.

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As a key player in championing higher education for ethnic minorities and underrepresented groups, the Howard University School of Business (HUSB) has announced the launch of its Online MBA programme and the expansion of its online Executive MBA (EMBA) in partnership with online education platform provider Noodle Partners

Leveraging on the university’s world-class MBA programme which was ranked the #1 Greatest Resource for Minority Students for 16 consecutive years, the online format of the programme aims to expand accessibility to the university’s learning environment and close-knit community. 

This partnership is especially timely considering this crucial time of the notorious COVID-19 outbreak where more and more higher education institutions are setting their sights on online learning options. 


“The School of Business is committed to continuing our legacy of providing superior business education to minority students and diversifying the global workforce,” said HUSB’s dean of the School of Business Barron H. Harvey.

“We chose to work with Noodle Partners because of their innovative approach, commitment to efficiency, and transparent practices. With their help, we have broadened our capacity to meet students wherever they are in their careers—and in the world—and we could not be more excited.”

Noodle Partners provides and creates innovative online and hybrid programmes that not only transform but improve traditional classroom models. The company has a track record of working with universities on every aspect of building and digitising a certificate or degree programme. 

By collaborating with Noodle Partners, HUSB will be able to better meet the needs of their current online student cohort and expand their reach to enable unique and diverse student populations across the country to gain access to their world-class MBA programmes. This will propel the university’s ambition of preparing the next generation of diverse global business leaders. 

Campuses are seeing fewer students with the COVID-19 outbreak and switch to online learning. Source: Robyn Beck/AFP.

“For the last 50 years the School of Business has been a leader in global business education,” added Harvey.

“Our MBA and executive education programs provide training to diverse business leaders who not only lead in their industries and a variety of sectors, but who also champion the creation of more diverse and culturally aware businesses that can better serve diverse populations.”

Howard University is Noodle Partners’ very first Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) partnership. The online education provider has already contributed to the increasingly diverse demographics of graduate degree programmes nationally and internationally. 

Fifty percent of graduate students enrolled in Noddle Partners programmes are from underrepresented ethnic groups. 

“We admire Howard’s commitment to academic excellence, service to the global community, and continued leadership in education. Most notably, HUSB’s dedication to preparing and fostering a strong community of business leaders,” said Noodle Partners CEO John Katzman.

“These flexible online programs significantly increase access to Howard’s business school, mobilizing an entirely new range of qualified candidates from across the country and around the world.”

The Online MBA programme will teach students to lead, manage, train, network and work with people of culturally diverse backgrounds in a globally socio-economic business environment. 


Meanwhile, now newly equipped with high-class programme management tools, the online EMBA programme will continue to prepare experienced business professionals for high-level leadership positions with a focus on executive readiness and strategic thinking. 

“The online Executive MBA program has proven to be a great success in past years, helping to propel students to another level in their careers,” said Howard University director of Executive Education Programs Kim Wells. 

“Taking this step to expand and improve online management of the program speaks to our commitment to providing the best possible experience for our students.”

HUSB’s Online MBA and EMBA programmes are now accepting applications for the summer 2020 term.