WWU Offers MBA for Recent College Graduates

Students fresh out of college now have the opportunity to pursue a master of business administration (MBA) through William Woods University in a program initiated last fall. The school’s regular MBA program—designed for working adults—requires at least two years of professional business experience.

The next Direct Admissions MBA will begin with an orientation at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 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.

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

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

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 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.

“This gives 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.”

Trevor York, a May 2006 graduate of William Woods, is participating in the program while doing a graduate assistantship in WWU’s university advancement office.

“This program lets us get hands-on experience both in and out of the classroom. It allows us to work full-time and get the real world experience, while still learning the more in-depth principles of the business world and the values of being a good leader through the MBA program,” York said.

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, go www.WilliamWoods.edu/evening.