Lander Adds New Face-to-Face Option for Masters in Business Administration | News

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Lander University will begin offering prospective graduate students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) through a hybrid model where they can split their time between in-person and online classes.

In the hybrid model, students will take half of their courses through face-to-face learning with traditional classroom instruction, and the other half through online courses. The new MBA program model is expected to launch in the fall of 2022.

The University initially launched its online MBA program only before the fall 2021 semester. As of January, over 100 students were enrolled in the online program. “We thought there was demand for this program statewide, and we’re pleased with the rapid rate of growth,” said Lloyd Willis, acting dean of the College of Graduate and Online Studies.

“Our market research shows a paradox,” he said. “Students want the face-to-face experience, but they also tell us they want the convenience and flexibility of online study. This blended approach will allow us to meet both market demands.

Mick Fekula, Dean of the Starnes Family at Lander College of Business, is also very pleased with the expansion of the program to include a face-to-face option.

“Our carefully designed MBA program produces forward-thinking business leaders who will succeed by having a positive impact on their organization and their community,” he said. “MBA graduates gain the knowledge, skills, sensitivity, and awareness to handle today’s dynamic business issues.”

The Lander MBA requires 30 credit hours and is open to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree. Students who did not study business at the undergraduate level will need to take a business fundamentals course unless they have substantial work experience and relevant education.

The cost is a flat rate of $545 per credit hour at no additional charge. Special rates are available for active duty military, veterans and military spouses. Eight-week semesters allow students to take one or two courses at a time and complete in as little as 12 months.

This program is approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and is the only MBA accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the state that includes micro-degrees as a required degree component. To learn more about Lander’s Master of Business Administration, go online to www.lander.edu/mba.

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