Johns Hopkins’ MBA Program Leans Into Health

Johns Hopkins’ MBA program will pivot toward health beginning this coming fall (photo credit: Baltimore1).

Johns Hopkins University recently publicly announced the elimination of the consideration of legacy status in undergraduate admissions. And it seems the university isn’t done quite yet announcing changes. Beginning in the fall of 2020, Johns Hopkins’ graduate business education will undergo a makeover of sorts. In light of five consecutive years of declining applications to America’s MBA programs (and a 14% decline in applications over that same time span at Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School), it seems Johns Hopkins was done sitting idly by and watching MBA applications to its program decline. So how exactly will Johns Hopkins’ MBA program change beginning this coming fall?

JHU Banks on Its Reputation in Pivoting MBA Program Toward Health

Johns Hopkins’ MBA program will be leaning in — to the university’s core strength in health. As Patrick Thomas reports for The Wall Street Journal in a piece entitled “Johns Hopkins University Reimagines the M.B.A.,” “Starting in the fall of 2020, the university’s traditional two-year master’s of business administration degree will take a hard turn toward health, with a particularly heavy focus on quant skills, from exposure to coding to data analysis, said Alexander Triantis, dean of the Carey Business School.”

JHU’s Decision Makes Good Sense

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Johns Hopkins, which opened the Carey Business School in 2007 and began its full-time MBA program three years later, would aim to distinguish its MBA program from others. And it’s certainly not surprising that Johns Hopkins — a school known for its reputation in the field of medicine — would pivot their MBA program towards health sciences. Whether this change leads to a surge in applications remains to be seen but we hereby predict the move will lead to increased applications and a stronger yield for the program. In a strong economy — and our economy has remained strong — fewer folks end up applying to MBA programs. In a hot job market, it doesn’t necessarily make sense to sit out two years to earn a business degree — a degree they can always get should their career trajectory ever plateau.

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