New Madrid Area BSM for Working Adults

Angela Sumner-Hahn completed her bachelor of science in management (BSM) degree 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.”

William Woods University’s Graduate & Adult Studies (G&AS) program is offering New Madrid area residents the opportunity to pursue a BSM degree. An orientation will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17 at New Madrid County R-1 High School.

The BSM is designed for the working professional interested in completing the baccalaureate degree with an emphasis in management. The curriculum has been designed to reflect the appropriate mix of business theory with real world practice.

Admission into the program requires the completion of 50-60 semester credit hours and at least two years of work experience.

In the beginning, the G&AS programs were located only in mid-Missouri. Now, thanks to the growing demand, William Woods has expanded G&AS 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.

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.

In addition to the BSM, William Woods offers several other G&AS programs, including an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, ACCESS (general education), a bachelor of science in computer information management (CIM), a master of business administration (MBA), an MBA with an accounting emphasis, an MBA with health management emphasis and an MED in both administration and in curriculum/instruction. More information is available on the William Woods website at

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 or by fax at (573) 592-1164.