WWU’s MBA Program Ranked Fifth by Ingram’s Magazine

William Woods University’s master of business administration program is ranked fifth among Top MBA Programs in Missouri and Kansas, according to Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business magazine.


“This ranking solidifies William Woods University’s position among the elite graduate business programs in the region,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, said. “This ranking is excellent news for our stakeholders, particularly our alumni and students, as the value of their educational investment continues to increase. I am delighted that the William Woods MBA program is receiving the recognition it richly deserves.” 


The programs were ranked by fall 2008 enrollment and reported in the January issue of Ingram’s. Jumping seven spots from the previous year, WWU moved ahead of the University of Phoenix, St. Louis University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Rockhurst University.


With an enrollment of 467 students, WWU also finished ahead of such schools as the University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia College and Fontbonne University.


 “It is no surprise William Woods was recognized by Ingram’s,” said Bill Bott, former deputy chief information officer for the state of Missouri and now consulting partner with the Change and Innovation Agency.  “Their approach allows participants to complete a quality master’s program while balancing work, family and school.” 


Bott added, “Williams Woods knows how to respect a student’s time while maintaining a quality program.  During my MBA, I found that I had time to maintain my demanding work schedule, find time for family, and even help coach youth sports, all while keeping up with the course requirements.”


WWU’s MBA program offers specialties in agribusiness, accounting, health management and human resources. Programs are offered throughout the state for the convenience of students. More than 99 percent of students enrolled work full-time jobs.


“William Woods provided the perfect mix of graduate-level work with real-world applications to help me be more successful in my career,” said Dan Westhues, senior vice president, consumer banking division, Central Bank, Jefferson City Mo.


“The practical knowledge of the adjunct professors are an invaluable resource as you study theories in business,” added Westhues, who earned his MBA from WWU in 1996.


Established in 1993 to meet the needs of working adults, WWU’s accelerated program takes 18-22 months to complete. The average age of its MBA students is 38. At $305 per credit hour, it remains one of the most affordable programs around, charging considerably less than most schools in the top 25.


Personal attention is something the William Woods MBA program strives for, with a student to faculty ratio of 10:1. Only six schools in the top 25 have a lower ratio.


“WWU’s MBA program is a tremendous value proposition for time-starved working professionals seeking to enhance their career,” Ed Vought, president of Mainstreet Bank in Ashland, Mo., and a 1995 MBA graduate from William Woods, said. “One of the most attractive elements is that it will continue to pay you dividends well beyond completion of the program.”


“WWU offers a wonderful educational opportunity for full-time, working professionals who are seeking to obtain a quality education.  Their program provides students with educators with real-life experiences and the opportunity to meet and work with other career individuals,” said Maria Cauwenbergh Walden, legislative director for the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri.  


She added, “Since completing my MBA program in 2005, I have had opportunities that would not have been available to me had it not been for my advanced degree and the contacts I made at WWU.”  


Sean Siebert, vice president and dean of Graduate & Adult Studies enrollment services and dean of graduate business programs, said, “We’ve found a formula that works and we will continue to make this the best MBA experience possible. What we teach at night, students start using the very next morning.  Students see the return on investment immediately and this is the true benefit of the William Woods program.”


For more information on WWU’s G&AS programs, consult the website, TheWoods.edu/evening.