ASC MBA Program begins summer 2009

(01-23-2009)

Starting June 2009, the Adams State College School of Business will offer a Master of Business Administration Program. The program has three emphases including leadership, health administration, and public administration.

The first cohort of students will arrive on campus for a four-day residency, June 18. Liz Thomas, assistant professor of management and director of the program, said the MBA is a two-year, on-line program including two residencies in the summer.

According to Pat McIntyre, associate professor of marketing, during the first residency, students will be initiated into the Web-based programs used to deliver the classes, and other introductory classes including team-building exercises.

McIntyre's marketing research class, in the fall 2007, surveyed alumni, current students and staff regarding interest in the MBA. Thomas used the information in the summer of 2008 to develop the program based on results of the survey. "We are very excited about Adams State offering an MBA degree," she said. "Adams State employees have shown a lot of interest in the new program."

Both Thomas and McIntyre said the entire campus, including the School of Business faculty and staff, the Graduate School, Instructional Technology, Counselor Education, and departments across campus were very supportive of the new program and "tremendously helpful."

Thomas said information sessions will be scheduled in February for prospective students. Dates for the information sessions will be released to the local press. Students will be required to take two courses a semester. "People with full-time jobs, family, and other obligations will have the opportunity to pursue the degree," McIntyre said.

Prospective students need to pass the GRE or GMAT test before admission into the program. More information is available on the website at http://adams.edu/academics/business/mba/ or call Thomas at 719-587-7477.

By Linda Relyea