Residents of the Fulton area will have an opportunity to learn how to obtain a master of business administration (MBA)—without quitting work—when representatives of William Woods University’s Graduate & Adult Studies (G&AS) program conduct a local orientation Monday, March 4.
The MBA program is a 36-credit-hour program, designed to further prepare the working professional for a career in general management. Classroom activities of the entire curriculum are designed to provide the proper blend of theory and practice, thereby making for a true applications-oriented program. What is learned in class one evening may literally be applied to the real workforce the next day.
“I selected William Woods University because the instructors are leaders in their profession and are able to share their knowledge and expertise with the students,” Kathy Pabst, an MBA student in Jefferson City, said.
“This program incorporates the principles of the textbooks and applies them to work situations. With other working adults as students, there is a great deal of respect for opinions and experiences,” Pabst added.
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 G&AS 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, associate provost for extended studies.
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 & 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.
William Woods University can bring programs to your business or community. If there is interest, call 1-800-995-3199 to schedule an information meeting to be held on-site or in your community. Or contact WWU by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at (573) 592-1164.