Beginning fall 2006, Fort Hays State University will offer a master of business administration in leadership degree completely online.
Designed to meet emerging organizational needs of today's corporations and the educational needs of busy working professionals, this unique program combines a traditional, rigorous 28-credit-hour core MBA curriculum with an additional nine credit hours in the theory and practice of organizational leadership.
According to "Job Outlook 2006" from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, recruiters report that they seek the "soft skills" of leadership and teamwork in current and future employees.
Lowell Whitlock, former vice president and general manager for AT&T Communications Inc., agrees.
"Companies want to hire and promote motivated employees who have developed strong leadership talents. FHSU's MBA in leadership program gives companies what they want -- and what they need," he said.
This new emphasis better equips graduates to tackle changes in today's dynamic workplace, whether as a small business owner or as a manager in a large international corporation.
To meet the educational needs of working professionals, the online MBA in leadership offers the rigor of a traditional classroom MBA program, but enables students to learn anytime, anywhere. Students may attend on a part- or full-time basis, completing the program in as little as 18 months.
The online format combines traditional learning with the latest technology, allowing students to fit education to their lifestyle and not the other way around. Online discussion boards, chat rooms and other interactive technologies enable students to learn from fellow classmates, stay in close contact with professors and build a lasting network.
Unlike other online programs, all of FHSU's online MBA courses are taught by the same outstanding, full-time faculty who teach in the traditional campus program. This ensures online students receive the same high quality education and advising as traditional on-campus students.
Jeff Seibel, Edward Jones investment representative and hiring leader for the state of Kansas describes the significance of the MBA program.
"It will not disrupt your career, and it addresses the very important skill sets of leadership and business ethics for anyone wishing to advance within their company," he said.
Cited by www.geteducated.com as a Top 25 Best Buy, Fort Hays State University’s MBA in leadership is an affordable degree program, with tuition for the online MBA at $400 per credit hour.
"The MBA in leadership available online from Fort Hays State University is the right degree at the right time with the best value possible. At the College of Business and Leadership, graduate students find that their success is our business, professionally, personally, and for a lifetime," said Dr. Steve Williams, dean of the college and director of the MBA program.
For more information about the online MBA in Leadership program, visit www.fhsu.edu/mba or call (785) 628-5696.