WWU Introduces Lunchtime MBA Degree Program

Oftentimes people have the desire to pursue a graduate business degree, but they don’t have the time. For the past 15 years, William Woods University has been offering graduate degree programs at night for the convenience of its students.

But, for some, even night classes were difficult to fit into their schedule.

The solution? William Woods created the Lunchtime MBA.

The Lunchtime MBA will meet at noon four days a week at both the Columbia campus (3100 Falling Leaf Court) and Jefferson City campus (919 Wildwood Drive). An orientation is planned at noon Oct. 8 at both campuses.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. In Columbia, call Terry Culver at (573) 449-8170 and in Jefferson City, call Denver Stickrod at (573) 893-7070. Or call the G&AS office at 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at cgas@williamwoods.edu.

The master of business administration program is designed to prepare students for career advancement and to enhance their marketability in the job market. Kristen J. Fritschie of Mexico, Mo., is one of the students who 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.

The MBA program is a 36-credit-hour program, designed to further prepare the working professional for a career in general management. Classroom activities of the entire curriculum are designed to provide the proper blend of theory and practice, thereby making for a true applications-oriented program. What is learned in class one day may literally be applied to the real workforce the next day.

Employing a model of accelerated learning developed especially for the convenience of the working adult, the MBA is structured so that a degree can be completed in 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.

“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.

“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 Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean.

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.

“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 McCarthy.

William Woods can tailor any of its programs for a particular business or community. More information is available on the William Woods website at WilliamWoods.edu/evening.