Western, Rockhurst Partner for 5th-Year MBA
Contact: Kent Heier
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WESTERN, ROCKHURST PARTNER FOR 5TH-YEAR MBA
St. Joseph, Mo. —July 9, 2009— Missouri Western State University and Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., have signed an agreement to allow graduates of Western’s Steven L. Craig School of Business to more easily pursue a Master of Business Administration degree.
Western graduates who take advantage of this opportunity will be able to complete their MBA degree at Rockhurst’s Helzberg School of Management in 30 credit hours. Western students are eligible for the program if they meet the Helzberg School entrance requirements and enroll within one year of their graduation from Western. The program is commonly referred to as a “Fifth-year MBA.”
“This partnership provides our graduates a seamless transition into an outstanding MBA program to earn a degree that will be an invaluable tool, particularly in today’s job market,” said Carol Roever, interim dean of the Craig School of Business. “We are very pleased to offer our students the option of attending a graduate school accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Our two schools share a commitment to helping our students understand business through a combination of theory and real-world experience. With an undergraduate degree from the Craig School of Business and an MBA from the Helzberg School of Management, our graduates will be well prepared for the challenges of today’s business environment.”
The partnership will allow Western graduates to network with peer students, some of whom are already professionals in the Kansas City job market, said Dr. James Daley, dean of the Helzberg School of Management. The program also offers many formal and informal opportunities to interact with faculty and potential employers. This combination can greatly enhance career options, Dr. Daley said.
“We’re excited about this opportunity to partner with Missouri Western,” Dr. Daley said. “It’s important for both private and public higher education institutions to offer programs that enrich students’ education and provide new networking and career possibilities – all advantages as young professionals enter the job market. Our goal at the Helzberg School is to develop leaders who positively impact their worlds. This partnership is another way we can accomplish that.”
About Rockhurst University
Rockhurst University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution serving approximately 3,000 students in the heart of Kansas City’s cultural and business district. The Helzberg School of Management is committed to developing and enriching business leaders of competence and conscience.
About Missouri Western State University
Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The Steven L. Craig School of Business provides students with relevant business knowledge, critical thinking abilities, and professional skills through classroom and applied learning opportunities.