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July 28, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Twenty-one students graduated with their master of business administration degrees today, making them the first students to complete an online degree program administered in collaboration between Northwest Missouri State University and Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.
"This collaborative effort allows students to draw from the best that both universities have to offer and realize their goals of earning an MBA," said Dr. Tom Billesbach, dean of Northwest's Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies. "Our MBA program gives students the opportunity to become business leaders by developing necessary skills for future organizational and entrepreneurial success."
Billesbach participated in a spring commencement ceremony that honored six of the graduates May 21 at Missouri Southern. Dr. Beverly Block, dean of Missouri Southern's Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration, attended today's commencement ceremony at Northwest.
Launched in the fall of 2009, academically and professionally qualified faculty from Northwest teach courses in conjunction with Missouri Southern. The program is designed to be completed in two years and offers students the convenience of completing their degree at any location. Two courses are offered during each fall, spring and summer term. Graduates receive a degree that lists both Northwest Missouri State University and Missouri Southern State University on their diploma.
"It was a great program that allowed the flexibility to continue our education while continuing our daily lives and work," said Chris Holden, of Olathe, Kan., one of the first online MBA graduates who earned his bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Northwest in 2004. "I've had a great experience here. The education has always been high quality and the faculty is top notch."
The required courses for the MBA degree are information technology management, managerial accounting, financial management, organizational behavior in administration, strategic marketing.
Students also are required to take managerial economics or macroeconomics for business managers. Additionally, students take an executive seminar course during their last term of enrollment. The program also requires 33 hours of electives.
Students may transfer nine hours into their program and must be approved by the dean of Northwest's Melvin and Valorie Booth College of Business and Professional Studies prior to enrollment in the course.
Application and enrollment in the program is processed through Northwest Missouri State University according to Northwest policies. Tuition is charged at the Northwest rate.
Students graduating from the program are listed below with their hometowns in parentheses.
Brandie A. Davis (Long Beach, Calif.)
Nicole D. Ansell (Joplin)
Tiffiny N. Trager Boschee (Omaha, Neb.)
Kasie L. Doering (Webster City, Iowa)
Edwin V. Graves (Mound City)
Jordan R. Hamilton (Carthage)
Rachelle A. Hardie Neil (Auckland, New Zealand)
Christopher L. Holder (Olathe, Kan.)
Brian S. Huff (St. Joseph)
Debra B. Lee (Farmington)
Jordyn McQuaide (Lee's Summit)
Tyler L. McWilliams (Lee's Summit)
Nicole M. Peeples (Webb City)
Abigail M. Prater (Carthage)
Mitchell D. Randles (Joplin)
Jamie L. Smead (Jefferson City)
Emma R. Stockton (Orongo)
Garrett R. Stover (Joplin)
Tonya M. Todd (Joplin)
Kodi L. BeVelle (Chillicothe)
Kyle M. Grove (St. Joseph)
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