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Monday, October 6, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Maggie Kennedy
Davenport University



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., October 6, 2014 – Davenport University’s Donald W. Maine College of Business is launching a new Competency-Based Master of Business Administration (CMBA) designed specifically for experienced business professionals who wish to receive credit based on their demonstrated competencies. This enhanced MBA program will be offered online beginning in January 2015.

“The Davenport University CMBA is a completely different approach to graduate education and is the first of its kind in Michigan,” said Dr. Irene Bembenista, Interim Dean of Davenport’s Donald W. Maine College of Business. “We are eager to offer this online program to business professionals wherever they may be, helping help them prepare for accelerated career advancement in a more cost-effective way.”

Davenport’s CMBA provides credit recognition for professional competencies in MBA subject areas based on direct assessments, allowing students to progress more quickly toward achievement of their MBA degree. With continuous modules, the CMBA can be completed in less than a year, depending on the number of transfer credits, credit for prior learning, and pace at which a student progresses through the modules and assessments.

“Our online deliver model is the perfect fit for a busy professional’s schedule,” said Brian Miller, Davenport’s CIO and Interim Dean for Online.  “Motivated, experienced students can work at their own pace, speeding through modules in which they have extensive experience and spending more time on areas of growth. We believe many students will find the CMBA more efficient and economical than other graduate programs. “

Applications are currently being accepted for modules beginning in January. For more information about DU’s new Competency-Based Master of Business Administration, call 800-686-1600 or visit


About Davenport University

Founded in 1866, Davenport is a private, non-profit university serving nearly 10,000 students at campuses across Michigan and online. With tuition among the lowest of all private universities in the state, Davenport provides high academic quality, small class sizes, conveniently located campuses, faculty with real-world experience and more than 50 dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs addressing in-demand careers in business, technology, health professions and urban education.  More information is available at

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