WWU Offers Two Business Programs for Adult Learners

William Woods University is offering working adults in the Jefferson City area the opportunity to pursue business degrees without quitting work.

During September, the university will begin a bachelor of science degree program in management (BSM) and a BSM with an emphasis in human resources. An orientation for both programs will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 17 at WWU’s Jefferson City facility, 3405 W. Truman Blvd.

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 BSM with an emphasis in human resources resulted from student requests. David Forster, WWU dean of business and economics, called it “customer-driven.”

“You can grow geographically or you can expand your niche,” Forster said. “This is an example of niche marketing. You look for pockets of opportunity. There are people who need these programs.”

He said the new program would “give students choices (while still) allowing them to complete the degree in a reasonable amount of time.”

Both are degree-completion programs requiring 50 to 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university to enter the program. Both will be 13-course programs totally 39 semester hours.

As with all Graduate & Adult Studies business programs offered by William Woods, the curriculum for these programs has been designed to reflect the appropriate mix of business theory with real world practice.

The addition of the B.S. with a human resources concentration can largely be attributed to the success of WWU’s master of business administration (MBA) degree program with human resources emphasis.

The B.S. includes such classes as human resources administration, compensation and benefits and performance management, training and development.

“The MBA-HR has been extremely popular,” Forster said. “The courses are proven, we’ve had good feedback on them and the graduates in the MBA-HR say we really delivered for them. This is our way of continuing a good thing; expanding it.”

Forster said “getting the right people” to facilitate is one of the secrets. “What differentiates us is the caliber of our facilitators. They are all successful career people who have both the academic credentials and the ability to share their experiences with our students.”

More information is available at www.williamwoods.edu/evening.