The business department at William Woods University has come up with a way for students to earn their master of business administration degree (MBA) in just one year after completing their undergraduate degree.
This new program will meet the needs of business students seeking to earn their master’s degree immediately after graduation. The accelerated MBA curriculum will offer an alternative to the current MBA offered by Graduate and Professional Studies. That program is 18 months long and offered only in the evening for working adults.
To be eligible for the new program, students will need to have all their common studies courses and required number of electives completed before their senior year to make room for 12 credit hours of electives that will count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Due to these requirements, the program is only open to freshmen and sophomores, and to transfer students entering William Woods with an associate degree in business administration. This year’s freshmen, sophomores and transfer students will be the first to be eligible for the program.
David Forster, chair of the business and economics division, believes this program will provide an incentive for students to get their master’s degree without taking time off after college. Because students will already have completed 12 hours of graduate work upon commencement, they will have a head start towards an MBA, which may encourage more students to stay and finish the program.
“I think this new program will give our students the competitive edge that they will need to compete successfully in the business world,” he said.
Dr. Sherry McCarthy, vice president and dean of academic affairs, is also convinced of the benefits of the MBA program.
“This program saves time and money, and it gets students to their goal in a seamless, easy way by allowing business majors to use their senior year to both finish a bachelor’s degree and start their MBA. It also gives students that edge they need when entering the job market,” she said.