MIDWAY, Ky. — Midway University is expanding its master of business administration degree program to include a new concentration area in human resource management. Existing concentrations include equine management, healthcare administration, sport management, and tourism and event management.
“We have had great success with the other areas of concentration within our MBA program. Adding human resource management as another option to allow our students to focus on this key business segment was important to help our graduates be as marketable as they can be when earning their MBA,” said Dr. Mark Gill, dean of the School of Business, Equine and Sport Studies.
Students earning the MBA with human resource management take 18 core courses within the MBA program and then complete 15 credit hours in the concentration area. Concentration coursework incorporates specific topics in recruiting and performance management, employment law, training and development and compensation management to name a few. The concentration also covers all the major areas on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification exam.
The additional new program is a 4+1 MBA path for undergraduate students to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degree within 5 years. To do this, students must complete two MBA courses as an undergraduate that count for both their undergraduate degree credit hours and applies to the credit hours needed for their graduate degree. Students in these courses take the same classes as MBA students and are in the courses with MBA students.
After earning their bachelor’s degree, students in the 4+1 program officially apply to the MBA program. Students then choose to earn a general MBA or specialize in one of five concentration areas including equine management, health care administration, human resource management, sport management, or tourism and event management. By completing the two courses as an undergraduate, the student can complete any of the MBA programs within a 12-month period.
“We believe offering a 4+1 MBA for our undergraduate students is yet another way to make them competitive in the marketplace,” said Gill.
The other exciting news for this fall, is there will be a face-to-face MBA cohort on campus. The courses run for 8 weeks and meet two nights a week from 6-8:30 p.m. “Our program has been solely online for many years, but some students still have the desire for face-to-face instruction,” said Gill. “Students can still have the option of doing online or a combination.”