William Woods University is offering St. Robert area residents the opportunity to pursue a degree without quitting work.
Residents can obtain a bachelor of science in management (BSM) degree, a master of business administration (MBA) degree or a master of education (M.Ed.) degree.
The programs will begin with an orientation Sept. 24 at the St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Dr., St. Robert. The M.Ed. orientation will be at 5 p.m., followed by the BSM orientation at 6 and the MBA orientation at 7.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at AdultEd@WilliamWoods.edu.
Admission into the BSM program requires the completion of 50-60 semester credit hours and at least two years of work experience.
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.
The 36-credit-hour M.Ed. program has three tracks—students can choose to study administration, which is intended to provide the fundamental skills necessary for effective school administration; curriculum and instruction, which is for teachers who wish to enhance their classroom skills, and athletics/activities administration, which is for anyone interested in developing and administering activities in any school or community setting.
“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 Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean.
“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.
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.
Because of the nature of programming—focusing effort on one course at a time—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 McCarthy.
In addition to the BSM, William Woods offers a number of undergraduate programs, including the ACCESS program of general education, an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, a BSM with human resources emphasis, a B.S. in paralegal studies and a new bachelor of social work degree.
Graduate programs in addition to the MBA and M.Ed. include MBAs with accounting, agribusiness, health management or human resources emphasis and a specialist of education (Ed.S.) in school administration or curriculum leadership.
William Woods can tailor any of its programs for a particular business or community. More information is available on the William Woods website at TheWoods.edu/evening.