WWU Initiates New Direct Admissions MBA Option

This fall, William Woods University will offer a master of business administration (MBA) program for students fresh out of college.

The school’s current MBA program—designed for working adults—requires at least two years of professional business experience.

“The Direct Admissions MBA will meet two nights a week,” David Forster, dean of business and economics at WWU, said. “It will require 50 percent more classroom time because these students don’t have much work experience and need more theory courses.”

However, students will complete a Capstone project, giving them the same practical experience gained in the regular MBA program offered by William Woods.

The new program will begin with an orientation at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the William Woods campus in Columbia, 3100 Falling Leaf Court.

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 cgas@williamwoods.edu.

Recruitment Representative Ellen Durbin said the MBA degree is for individuals who want to begin or further their career in management, in any profession. In the program, she said, students learn leadership skills and how to manage personnel effectively.

The Direct Admissions MBA is exclusive to the Columbia campus. The idea for the program came from WWU students who wanted to get an MBA at the same time they were entering the work force, rather than waiting two years or more.

“I think it will give students another option,” Forster said. “Some students can’t wait to get out into the work force. Others are still in the mode of continuing their education.”

So far, 18 students have enrolled in the Direct Admissions MBA program, about half of them graduates of the University of Missouri.

To enter the Direct Admissions MBA program, students must have a college cumulative grade-point average of 2.5, and at least three hours of course work in accounting, college algebra and economics. They must also submit two letters of recommendation, one of them from an academic source.

For more information about the Direct Admissions MBA option or other William Woods G&AS programs, call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at cgas@williamwoods.edu or go to the website www.williamwoods.edu/evening.