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Monday, November 17, 2014

SU's Perdue School to Launch Online M.B.A.

computer SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business is launching an online version of its Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program in fall 2015.

“We wanted to offer a more flexible and convenient version of our highly-competitive M.B.A. for working professionals and others,” said Dr. Christy Weer, Perdue School interim dean. “Courses will be led by the same excellent faculty who teach on campus.”

An accelerated version of the program may be completed in as quickly as one year, or students may choose a part-time track. Both campus and online options feature small classes in fast-paced seven-week sessions.

The Perdue School is a member of SAP University Alliances and is accredited by AACSB International which, Weer said, allows it to offer an innovative and exceptional program:  “Our graduates will have cutting-edge skills for globally diverse, team-focused and technologically oriented work environments.” 

SAP University Alliances is an international program that introduces students to technologies shaping businesses today. At SU, an SAP-enhanced curriculum gives students hands-on experience with software and applications to develop skills that complement their studies.

For example, several M.B.A. courses use Enterprise Resource Planning systems and Business Intelligence tools to highlight the integrated nature of business processes, including accounting, sales and marketing. This gives students a competitive advantage in the job market, Weer said, as they have opportunities to participate in virtual simulations and master skills that add immediate value to organizations.

The AACSB accreditation places SU among a small elite group of less than five percent of business schools worldwide. Programs undergo rigorous review every five years to demonstrate continuous improvement. SU earned reaccreditation in summer 2014.

“It affirms the quality of our programs, faculty, staff and students, and recognizes our commitment to delivering a high-quality business education,” Weer said.

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The M.B.A. is one of SU’s first fully online graduate programs.  Others include a M.S. in GIS Management and Social Work. 

Covering topics across the business spectrum, the program begins with an accounting concepts course. Students then study such areas as supply chain management and corporate finance, before finishing with capstone management and consulting courses.

The program is open to anyone who has completed an undergraduate degree and wishes to advance in his or her career. In the past, M.B.A. students have come from fields as diverse as archaeology, art history, accounting and engineering.

Competitive tuition rates provide a high return-on-investment, Weer said. The priority application deadline is March 1, with others accepted on a space-available basis.  

To learn more about SU’s M.B.A. program, visit www.salisbury.edu/mba

To request more information about the online version, visit www.salisbury.edu/OnlineMBA or contact M.B.A. Director Yvonne Downie at 410-548-3983 or yxdownie@salisbury.edu.        


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