Business Degree Programs Offered in Columbia

William Woods University is offering Columbia area residents the opportunity to pursue a business degree without quitting work. New classes leading to a master of business administration (MBA) and an MBA with an emphasis in human resources will be starting soon.


An orientation will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the William Woods facility in Columbia, located at 3100 Falling Leaf Ct. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at cgas@williamwoods.edu.


The curriculum for all of the business programs offered by William Woods has been designed to reflect the appropriate mix of business theory with real world practice.


Kathy Pabst completed a master of business administration (MBA) in Jefferson City. She selected William Woods University “because the instructors are leaders in their profession and are able to share their knowledge and expertise with the students.”


The MBA with human resources concentration is intended for the professional who is involved in management decisions and practices that directly affect or influence the people who work for the organization. The program focuses on three distinct areas of human resources: Employment Law and Labor Relations; Compensation and Benefits, and Performance Management, Training and Development.


In the beginning, the Graduate and Adult Studies programs were located only in mid-Missouri. Now, thanks to the growing demand, William Woods has expanded Graduate and Adult Studies programs to locations across the state for the convenience of interested students.


These programs make it possible for people with full-time jobs to complete a baccalaureate or a graduate degree while remaining employed. The programs are designed to prepare students for career advancement and to enhance their marketability in the job market.


Employing a model of accelerated learning developed especially for the convenience of the working adult, these educational programs are structured so that a degree can be completed in as few as 18 months.


To guarantee the graduation of many well-rounded professionals, William Woods offers degree programs that utilize a cohort model, emphasizing learning through student-directed study groups of three to five students.


The word “cohort” describes a group of people who collaborate to reach a common goal. WWU’s program utilizes the diversity of the individual members to broaden the learning experience of the class as a whole as they work together. The school recognizes that learning can and does take place outside of the classroom and that theoretical knowledge is only useful if applied to real-life on-the-job situations.


To better fit the schedules of the ever-busy Graduate and Adult Studies students, classes meet once a week in the evening for four hours. Study groups can meet once more to prepare projects and assignments before the upcoming week.


“With the teamwork approach of using study groups and projects within the cohort model, students can draw on a greater pool of ideas, and they have the opportunity to learn quickly that the effectiveness of one person can be greatly enhanced by utilizing the other members of the group,” said Betty R. Tutt, vice president and dean of academic affairs at WWU.


Because of the nature of programming—focusing effort on one course at a time—75 to 90 percent of all students finish their program successfully. Each course normally runs five to 10 weeks in length.


“William Woods University is a leader when it comes to designing quality programs for nontraditional adult students. Everything we do here at WWU in our Graduate and Adult Studies program is specifically designed to help adults succeed in reaching their goals as efficiently as possible,” said Tutt.


Non-traditional students reflect a growing national trend as more full-time working adults realize the value of maintaining a sustained involvement in higher education. Many adult students recognize that they need additional education either to advance in their current positions or to change careers.


In addition to the these programs, William Woods offers several other Graduate and Adult Studies programs, including an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, the ACCESS program of general education, a bachelor of science in computer and information management, a bachelor of science in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis, a bachelor of science in marketing, a bachelor of science in paralegal studies, a master of business administration (MBA) with accounting emphasis, an MBA with health management emphasis, a master of education (M.Ed.) in both administration and in curriculum/instruction and a specialist of education in school administration.


William Woods can tailor any of its programs for a particular business or community. More information is available on the William Woods website at www.williamwoods.edu.