FROSTBURG, Md. — Frostburg State University’s College of Business, starting with the fall semester, will change the course session structure in its Master of Business Administration program, in part to improve flexibility for working professionals.
Instead of the traditional 15-week semester-long program, FSU’s MBA program will have two seven-week sessions each semester, complementing two six-week sessions offered in the summer, according to an FSU news release.
These improvements were designed to serve student needs by introducing improved scheduling flexibility for working adults, as well as create new entry points for students to join the program.
The changes to the fully online MBA are being implemented as a result of a recent student survey, which received a high response rate, along with other research.
“The students responded in large numbers, and we listened. And we listened and adjusted very quickly,” Sudhir Singh, interim dean of College of Business and professor of finance, said in the news release.
The choice for course registration now includes two six-week sessions for the summer semester and two seven-week session options in the fall and spring semesters, and students can begin the program with any session. The 15-week course delivery model will no longer be available, with the exception of the capstone course, MGMT 680 Strategic Integration.
“The College of Business faculty has been extremely forward-thinking about this. I believe their commitment to meeting our students’ needs is very high, and they should be commended,” said Vickie Mazer, director of graduate services.
Singh said the improvements to the program are “primarily based on the needs of the working professional, allowing them to focus on one course at a time. It is important to emphasize that this delivery model does not dilute the rigor or change the content. The same course will be delivered over seven weeks.”
The MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). This is a distinction held by only 5 percent of the world’s business programs. The program has consistently been rated as a Best Buy for AACSB-accredited online MBA programs by GetEducated.com.
“This change is in the spirit of continuous improvement because as an AACSB-accredited institution, we have embraced a culture of investigating opportunities to constantly improve the program and elevate the curricular experience for our students,” Singh said.
For more information about FSU’s MBA program, call the Office of Graduate Services at 301-687-7053, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.frostburg.edu/grad.
Situated in Allegany County, FSU is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.