Our purpose is to create highly effective leaders through a process of personal and professional transformation based on our integrative curriculum and student-centered learning methodology.

DeVos Learning Process

Academic Approach

The academic approach at DeVos, like that of business, is driven by a process. Essentially, DeVos students experience four components to their education that differentiate Northwood's Graduate School. Beyond learning business, our students experience a transformation both personally and professionally through the intensive course of study and Simulation experience.

The curriculums focus on integration over specialization. Rather than concentrations or majors, DeVos offers a focused management program. You will learn management by practicing management. Through the team cohort learning model, you will become a standout thinker and problem solver in your professional and personal endeavors.

Case-Based Learning

You will experience rich academic study utilizing a case-based study methodology. Our industry leading faculty facilitate your cohort learning experience. Students in your cohort learn through interactive discussions, research, and presentations.

The student based discussions utilize cases that create a classroom experience that is similar to a work environment. Students become active partners in learning. The Simulations force students to deal with the distractions and conflicting data experienced at work.

Commitment to quality and industry relevance is key in the success of DeVos academics. The DeVos academic approach is strategic in design and implementation. DeVos students are well-equipped with the tools and skills necessary to actively lead the ever-changing global economy needs with key building blocks of behavior, finance/economics, and strategy.

Cohort

Cohort, as defined, means a group or company; a companion or associate. DeVos MBA candidates utilize cohorts to instill the sense of team that is necessary in leaders. With that in mind, the cohort experience allows you access to like-minded individuals with the same goal in mind. You will develop a strong peer network with many in your cohort. This provides you with a continual sounding board and support network long after you graduate from DeVos.

Each Cohort Section allows:

  • Students to advance through the program together.
  • Students to attend the same classes together.
  • Students to study the same principles.

Purpose

The Lock-step approach enables faculty to coordinate what students learn in other classes, and the environment facilitates learning that leads to broad-based, decision-making capabilities that are critical to career success. The Cohort philosophy enhances student accountability by engaging the student to actively participate.

Simulation

This innovative, action-based learning experience allows students to experience business and management skills by doing them.

The Simulation involves MBA candidates from all DeVos locations. During this week-long event, students take on roles and responsibilities that they may experience in an actual business environment. Behavioral and managerial feedback is provided to students during and after the experience.

Integration

DeVos academics integrates today's complex, global business environment, and creates leaders who are ready to immerse themselves in the demands of leadership roles. The academic experience will catapult your thinking whereby you immediately are armed with the tools necessary to complete a task.