New MBA in Agribusiness Offered by William Woods University

William Woods University is offering Blue Springs area residents the opportunity to pursue a master of business administration (MBA) degree with a new emphasis in agribusiness. The degree program is intended for professionals working in agriculture-related fields.

The program will begin with an orientation at 6 p.m. April 25 at Courtyard by Marriot & Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1500 NE Coronado Drive Blue Springs.

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

WWU is one of the few universities in the United States that offers this degree program. The new MBA 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.

Kristen J. Fritschie of Mexico, Mo., completed her MBA at WWU’s Columbia campus in 2005.

“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.

Blending theory and practice, the program uses a cohort model to make a truly applications-oriented program. Fritschie had high praise for the cohorts.

“They provide and teach teamwork and accountability,” she said.

In addition to the MBA with agribusiness emphasis, William Woods offers several other Graduate & Adult Studies programs. These include 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.

Graduate programs include MBAs with accounting, healthcare 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