Why an MBA from UAB?

Michael Harward, UAB MBA '14 shares his story

With an engineering degree from Duke University, Michael was interested in an MBA to help refine and develop skills that would allow him to “pursue his interest in helping an organization develop a vision and think through how to get there”.

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Living in Birmingham with his wife, who was already pursuing another master's program, practically guaranteed him at least a couple of years in the Magic City. He began evaluating different options. “I decided that pursuing an MBA in person (rather than an online program) would provide a much more valuable experience,” says Michael. “Also, UAB's superior academic reputation as compared to other local peers drew me to UAB’s MBA program.”

Michael was connected to his current employer, SCA (Surgical Care Affiliates), through the MBA program and now after only 1.5 years is in a leadership position within the Financial Operations department. “The MBA program prepared me to engage with senior leadership within the company, create innovative solutions that contribute to our group's strategy, and manage my team effectively,” says Michael. “Also, I feel capable of thriving within a large company or leading as a part of a start-up. My ability to evaluate the soundness of a business plan or idea separates me from many of my peers.”

How was Michael’s experience in UAB’s MBA program?

“The program does an extraordinary job connecting students to the current business environment,” says Michael. “The latest trends, developments, and events of today's business world were almost constantly discussed in the classroom. Plus, the program provided excellent networking opportunities.”

Building Campaign

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is embarking on a bold initiative to build a new, state of the art, 109,000 square foot facility for the Charles and Patsy Collat School of Business, the Bill L. Harbert Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the Regions Institute for Financial Literacy, the Healthcare Leadership Academy, and the Center for Sales Leadership.

This facility will be the cornerstone for a new innovation and entrepreneurship district in Birmingham focused on expanding technology commercialization efforts to attain positive impacts on economic development for the community, State and beyond.

The new facility will allow the Collat School of Business and the Harbert Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to:

Support excellence in teaching, research, and service by utilizing leading-edge technologies and multi-dimensional classroom spaces that include breakout rooms for team projects, showrooms for entrepreneurial projects, labs for behavioral research and sales presentations, and study rooms for students.

Facilitate a sense of community, affiliation, and connection to UAB for students and future alumni through a student commons area and courtyard plaza where open common space is optimal for social interactions and leadership activities.  

Remain competitive with other business schools by providing world-class facilities and technologies that attract top-notch students, faculty, and employers to recruit and hire students.

Attract and support the next generation of college students where student support services and leadership opportunities are valued and available through the offices of Career Services, Student Success Center, Student Organizations, and the Regions Institute for Financial Literacy.  

Create opportunities to grow programs including business training for emerging healthcare leaders and MBA programs for doctors and healthcare practitioners.