Master of Business Administration New to MWSU

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Missouri Western State University is introducing its 17th master’s program, the Master of Business Administration.

The Master of Business Administration, or MBA, will launch next fall 2017. This marks the second graduate degree for the Craig School of Business.

Dr. Logan Jones, the director of the MBA organization, will be advising the entire process of preparing for launch next year.

“Openings [for graduate study programs] came up, and the school proposed the idea for a master business program,” said Jones. “MWSU and Truman State were the only two [schools] to not back an MBA. It was, to my knowledge, discussed for a couple years before any junctures were set in place to get a move on with the whole thing.”

Jones accentuated the idea of signing up and looking into the program early on, and stressed the idea that everyone would benefit regardless of their career aspirations.

The school would strongly like to encourage students, business majors or not, to explore a graduate degree through an MBA.

Dr. Ben Caldwell, Dean of Graduate Studies, says that there was a necessary demand for the degree to be put into place.

“I’ve been asked about whether MWSU does have a master’s administration for business before,” Caldwell said. “We approved of it last spring. Lots of requests for the organization came our way. Advancing your undergraduate degree is a tremendous opportunity and we’re excited to get started.”

This degree is an advancement for undergraduates looking to improve on their business knowledge and the aspects of applying such knowledge to management and growth in the workplace. But the program is certainly open to any person, professional or not, who missed the opportunity to earn a graduate degree.

Dr. Michael Lane, Dean of Craig School of Business agreed that the community could find the degree useful.

“It’s a great opportunity first for undergrads looking to expand their knowledge, but it also offers a great reason for the working class to drive 10 minutes over here instead of 40 minutes outside of town for the same classes,” Lane said.
MBA has three points of concentration: forensic accounting, life science and ERP. Each are considered electives and all have graduate degrees. The idea is to apply what is taught in the three focus areas to growth in the workplace, specifically upper level management tiers.

“We are AACSB accredited, which took about seven years to do,” Lane said. “It’s extremely important to all our students and to the program as well.”

To qualify for a spot in the MBA, there are several prerequisite options to take to be sure the classes don’t go to waste. Despite not needing any previous ventures in business, students should be ready to put in the effort to growing in the field.

It is a continuation to undergraduate classes, though more demanding. It’s a 30 hour program, with 10 classes over two years. There is a core of 21 hours with nine hours of elective classes. The staff has briefly talked about online courses being an option sometime in the future, but they wouldn’t implement it until far down the road.

“Just about everywhere, students have got to learn how to budget, learn how to cooperate within a business environment, etc., and that’s just what we’re here to teach,” said Lane. “Most organizations jump start from business. Artists have got to run a business in order to succeed in that industry. It’s not just for a select group of people. Business is everywhere.”
Any questions should be directed to Dr. Jones in Popplewell Hall at jjones81@missouriwestern.edu. Also, to set up your application to the program, visit https://www.missouriwestern.edu/graduate/. To understand requirements, visit the new website found at the school webpage or stop by Dr. Jones office for a flyer. July 15th is the deadline to apply.