Business Degree Programs Offered in Jefferson City

William Woods University is offering Jefferson City area residents the opportunity to pursue a variety of business degrees without quitting work.

New classes leading to a bachelor of science in management (BSM), a master of business administration (MBA), an MBA with an emphasis in accounting and an MBA with an emphasis in health management will be starting soon.

Orientations will be held at 6 p.m. March 4 for the BSM, 6 p.m. March 8 for the MBA and MBA in accounting, and March 9 for the MBA in health management. All will be held at the William Woods facility in Jefferson City, 3405 West Truman Blvd.

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

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.

The BSM is geared for the working professional interested in completing the baccalaureate degree with an emphasis in management. Admission into the program requires the completion of 50-60 semester credit hours and at least two years of work experience.

Angela Sumner-Hahn completed her BSM through the Graduate and Adult Studies program at the Jefferson City campus of William Woods University. She was pleased with the program because “The flexibility of the adult studies program at William Woods has given me the opportunity to complete my BSM degree while continuing to work full-time.”

She added, “One of the most notable attributes of the program is that course facilitators understand that students do have full-time lives outside of the classroom setting.”

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 accounting emphasis at William Woods is a 36-hour program designed to equip accounting professionals with a broad array of skills and knowledge for professional practice. The program provides a well-rounded preparation for business professionals who wish to sit for the CPA examination.

The MBA with health management concentration is offered in conjunction with the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. It, too, is a 36-hour degree program providing health management professionals with focused skills and knowledge for professional practice.

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) with human resources emphasis, a bachelor of science in marketing, a bachelor of science in paralegal studies, a master of business administration (MBA) with human resources 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