William Woods University is offering working adults in the Columbia area the opportunity to pursue business degrees without quitting work.
Programs offered are 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. March 31 at the William Woods facility in Columbia, located at 3100 Falling Leaf Ct.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program prior to then, but walk-ins will be accepted. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at AdultEd@williamwoods.edu.
The BSM is designed for the working professional interested in completing the baccalaureate degree with an emphasis in management. The BSM with an emphasis in human resources resulted from student requests. Sean Siebert, WWU vice president and dean of business, called it “customer-driven.”
“You can grow geographically or you can expand your niche,” Siebert 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,” Siebert 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.”
Siebert 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.”
Wes Mullins of Ellsinore, Mo., completed his BSM in Poplar Bluff.
“In my opinion, one of the greatest strengths of the program was the diversity of the instructors our cohort had. Most were working professionals themselves, which allowed them to share real world experiences with us,” he said.
He added, “When I made the decision to get my BS I weighed all the options that were available to me. Without a doubt, the G&AS program was the best fit. I don’t think there is a better program for the working adult. I would like to thank William Woods for offering such a program, it has helped me tremendously.”
More information is available at TheWoods.edu/evening.