FIU’s Brickell Facility is all Business

While Florida’s most endangered species isn’t likely to make its return to downtown Miami anytime soon, Florida International University’s mascot, Roary the Panther, is certainly making tracks at its Brickell Avenue FIU facility.


Luisa Perez, Director of Marketing and Communication, FIU College of Business

Located at 1101 Brickell Avenue, FIU Downtown on Brickell, offers a selection of five MBA specializations through its College of Business.

  • Corporate MBA
  • Healthcare MBA
  • Executive MBA
  • Professional MBA
  • International MBA

Since opening on Brickell in 2011, FIU continues to expand its downtown presence and now occupies 65,000 square feet encompassing classrooms, a community room and offices for FIU President Mark Rosenberg and the College of Business’ Dean, David Klock.

Luisa Perez, Director of Marketing and Communication for FIU’s College of Business said, “Our Brickell location and diverse program choices meet the dynamic needs of Miami’s business community. All MBA programs are delivered right here in Downtown with the exception of the International MBA, which is a full-time program, and offered at the main Modesto Maidique Campus.”

Miami’s tremendous growth has generated a demand among professionals for an MBA experience close to where they work and to where they often live.

“By providing access to higher education through both a campus experience, online, or a combination of both, we are able to provide convenient and accredited graduate level education opportunities to a diverse group of professionals who live and work in the Brickell area,” said Ms. Perez.

FIUdowntown2“We recognize that the majority of our nearly 2,000 graduate students work all day and then attend classes at night so we do our best to make our location and schedules as accessible as possible,” she said. “We provide secure trolley transportation from our designated parking lot to our campus from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and also provide dining service so our students can enjoy a meal before embarking upon their evening curriculum.”

It is evident that FIU strategically considered and analyzed the downtown area prior to expanding its presence.

“We have enormous and growing resources in Miami-Dade. Right now the FIU College of Business offers duel degrees with more than 40 universities throughout the world. FIU’s Downtown on Brickell Campus offers opportunities to a wide audience of diverse students from many countries who want to be here to experience Miami’s global business world.”

Perez said that “while research reveals professionals with graduate degrees are indeed more successful, earning an MBA is a big commitment while working professionally. We want our students to be successful here at the College of Business, and beyond. So it is crucial that we provide assessments and counseling to help them select the right program for their needs and time. We set up meetings with counselors, professors and alumnae. We provide one-on-one interaction so that the student has an opportunity to talk about the program before making the commitment.”

In 2015 FIU will commemorate its 50th anniversary and while there are plans for celebrations there are also challenges to continued growth in an urban area. Some of the greatest challenges include transportation, parking and traffic. Perez is optimistic, however, saying “advocacy efforts with our County and City will help us make progress and make improvements in these areas.”

From BHA News Vol. XXIV No. 2, Summer/Fall 2014