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College students who aspire to earn both
bachelor’s and master’s degrees usually
assume they will spend six to seven years
working to complete the graduation
requirements. For the first time, though,
William Woods University is offering a
program for students to earn their bachelor’s
and master’s degrees in five years.
The WWU business department now offers
a program for students to begin earning their
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
degrees the senior year of their
undergraduate classes.
The 10 pioneer students who started the
program this year are:
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Christyan Busato
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Tanner Edwards
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Cody Hackmann
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Douglas Harris
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Olivia Koselansky
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Mosen Murillo
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Naomi Starr
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Matt Steiniger
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Christine Whittier
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Jonathan Williams
I think the five-year MBA program is one
of the best programs that college students can
participate in,” Koselansky said. “Why wait
six years to have your MBA when you can get
it in five?"
Murillo agrees with her, “Since the MBA
in 5 essentially cuts grad school expenses and
time in half, I believe I made a smart decision
because I’ll be better positioned and prepared
to step into my future.”
David Forster
,
dean of business,
recommended the program to
Dr. Michael
Westerfield
,
vice president and graduate dean.
He was very supportive in making this
program happen,” said Forster.
We wanted to find a way to encourage
our business majors to consider our MBA
program and we wanted to do so in a way
that would be convenient for our students,”
said Westerfield.
After suggesting the program to his
colleagues, Forster teamed up with the
business faculty and began planning and
promoting the program.
To participate in the MBA in 5 program,
faculty suggest students declare early. By
declaring early, students can plan their
schedule over the next four years to that
their senior year has room for the eight-week
graduate courses.
I always knew I wanted to own my own
equestrian business,” Whittier said, “so being
able to concentrate most of my undergraduate
career on the equestrian program gives me the
edge I need in the horse industry, while the
MBA program prepares me for the reality of
running a business.”
Westerfield said, “We’re very pleased with
the program and very excited for our students
going through. The program allows so many
benefits for the students. Just simply walking
away in five years with that extra degree I
think certainly makes you more marketable.”
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MBA
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Since the MBA in 5 essentially
cuts grad school expenses and
time in half, I believe I made a
smart decision because I’ll be
better positioned and prepared
to step into my future. ...