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IUN's Celebrates their first Michigan City Cohort MBA Graduates
Michigan City, IN
09/04/2019 03:19 PM

Indiana University Northwest’s first Weekend MBA Cohort in Michigan City, IN graduated this summer and ended their program with an unforgettable and rewarding experience in Finland and Estonia.

Their journey began in spring of 2018, when IU Northwest’s School of Business and Economics began offering their first offsite MBA for Professionals program at the Northern Indiana Education Foundation building close to Blue Chip Casino and the Lighthouse Mall. The first cohort drew students mostly from Porter and LaPorte, Indiana but also pulled some out-of-state students from Michigan and Illinois.  Most students took advantage of the GMAT/ GRE waivers due to their professional experience, military experience or undergraduate coursework.

Classes met every other Saturday for 18 months with minimal interruption in their busy professional and personal lives. During that time, the MBA candidates had coursework all functional areas of business. Along the way, students received executive coaching and all earned the Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt certifications. In their final semester, they participated in the Capstone course which included a simulation experience of strategy formulation.

During their international business trip, students were able to meet with corporate executives, in energy, transportation, manufacturing, and banking. The group was also able to meet the Senior Commercial Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Finland, tour Research facilities and visit an incubator and innovation center at Tallinn University of Technology. A recurring theme during these visits included technology and problem solving for their society.

Here is what a few students had to say about their experience:

“As a manufacturer it was nice to learn the role of the Commerce Department at the US Embassy in Finland and how they advocate for “Made in America” and assist companies with exporting questions.” – Georgeann Palmer Quealy, MBA ‘19

"I think the international trip really puts the rest of the MBA program in perspective.  It gives you a chance to see how business methods and philosophies are different from what we are accustomed to in the United States, which is really important with globalization so much a part of our lives now.  You will visit a variety of organizations and meet people in real-life situations.  Plus, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy some good times with the people you’ve spent a year and a half working through the program together.  So if you are not sure about going on the trip, just go for it.  I'm glad I did." – Carl Barneyback, MBA ‘19

A new Cohort will begin in January of 2020. For more information, please visit or email the Director of Graduate Programs at

Rocio Payne
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