MBA Degree Programs in Accounting, Agribusiness Offered in Columbia

William Woods University is offering Columbia area residents the opportunity to pursue a master of business administration degree in accounting or agribusiness without quitting work.

The programs will begin with an orientation at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in Room 10 at the Columbia Campus, 3100 Falling Leaf Court, Columbia.

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

The new MBA degree with an emphasis in agribusiness is intended for professionals working in agriculture-related fields. It is designed to enhance the knowledge of the agriculture professional by emphasizing common business concepts as they relate to today’s highly competitive and rapidly changing agriculture industry.

Courses for the 36-credit-hour degree include agriculture law, agriculture policy and futures trading, in addition to traditional MBA courses in executive management, economics, organizational business, entrepreneurship, marketing research, marketing planning and development, accounting and financial decisions.

The MBA Accounting degree 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.

According to Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean, a combination of a CPA with an MBA is an increasingly more popular and marketable combination.

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.

Kristen J. Fritschie of Mexico, Mo., completed her MBA in Columbia.

“WWU is the only program that works for the working adult. Whether you are working full time, have a family or just a hectic life, William Woods University ensures that you have a work-life balance while giving you a fabulous education,” she said.

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 18-22 months.

William Woods offers degree programs that utilize a cohort model, emphasizing learning through student-directed study groups of three to five students.

Fritschie had high praise for the cohorts. “They provide and teach teamwork and accountability,” she said.

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.

In addition to the MBA, William Woods offers several other Graduate & Adult Studies programs, including the ACCESS program of general education, an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, a B.S. in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis, a B.S. in paralegal studies and a new bachelor of social work degree.

Other graduate programs include MBAs with health management or human resources emphasis, a master of education (M.Ed.) in administration, curriculum/instruction or athletics/activities administration 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