Midland receives approval to offer MBA

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Posted: Saturday, June 9, 2012 1:08 pm

Midland University has received accreditation to offer its new hybrid Masters in Business Administration program.

The university announced the accreditation Saturday.

"We are very excited about offering an MBA program that is so accessible to working professionals directly in Omaha," Midland president Ben Sasse said in a press release. "Omaha is fortunate to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, and employers are competing for talent. Helping knowledge workers develop their management and analytic skills without missing a beat in their careers will be a real advantage for them."

Classes will begin in January and applications will be taken immediately. Admissions will be done on a rolling basis.

The press release said the hybrid format of the MBA means students will take classes where they interact with their professors and classmates in real time online as well as in person during the 16-month program. The format has been used in other programs, but will be the first of its kind in Nebraska.

The program will focus on developing leadership, analytic, and communications skills as they are exposed to theory they can immediately put into practice in their jobs.

Students also will have the option to complete their MBA with a concentration in accounting by taking cross-listed courses from the Master in Professional Accounting program, which has been offered at Midland since 2008.

Midland's MBA program is designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals in three main ways.

Students will take two courses per nine-week term, and will complete the program in 16 months.

Students with significant classroom or working experience will be able to reduce their course load in the first two terms through Midland’s Prior Credit track, which allows students to waive out of two-thirds credits per core course and work directly with a faculty member to ensure their understanding is up to the graduate level.

Students will attend in-person classes every third Friday and Saturday at a to-be-determined Omaha location. During the "distance weeks" between in-person meetings, students will be able to log-in to live classes with their professors and classmates to ask questions during a lecture, or to watch the recorded class at their convenience later.

"Blended learning -- that is a combination of face-to-face and online interactions -- is an incredibly effective way to reach students, particularly when they have multiple priorities to juggle" said Steve Bullock, Midland's vice president for academic affairs. "Midland is striving to become the region’s most student-centric university in all of its offerings, and we think the MBA is a shining example of how we are doing that."

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