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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 4, 2013

Students complete first offering of MBA Business Foundation course

For the first time this summer, Northwest Missouri State University offered a course designed to assist individuals interested in improving their business career paths and pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree.

The new course, MBA Business Foundation, served as a prerequisite for non-business degree holders planning to enter Northwest’s Master of Business Administration graduate program. The course, worth nine credit hours, offers instruction in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing.

Previously, non-business degree applicants to the MBA program must have completed seven prerequisite courses, totaling 21 credit hours, to be eligible to enter the program. The new prerequisite course made the MBA degree a more viable option, saving students time and thousands of dollars in tuition costs.

MBA Business Foundation is a 15-week course with specific deadlines for completion each week. Ten students participated in the course this summer.

The course has been added to Northwest’s spring 2014 course offerings due to a waiting list of students interested in enrolling in it. Northwest also plans to offer the course during the summer of 2014. This course is an undergraduate course (54-201) that is offered online and open for anyone to enroll.

“I believe it was very successful for a first time offering,” said Dr. Steve Ludwig, chair of the Department of Business and one of four instructors teaching the course. “We will try to offer the course as long as there is adequate demand.”

Mamdouh Alsayed Aly, a graduate student from Cairo, Egypt, working toward his MBA, took MBA Business Foundation this summer. Alsayed Aly, who also works full-time as a manager in Egypt, said the course consists of a heavy workload, but he realized its benefits by managing his time to complete assignments.

“It was a great opportunity to get updated information for five important courses in one condensed course," Alsayed Aly said.

Ann Schlueter, a graduate student from Tarkio, enrolled in the course because it was an affordable and fast option to accomplish her goal of getting into Northwest’s MBA program. Schlueter said the MBA Foundation course helped her understand what graduate courses are like.

“It is an excellent option for students like me to dive right in and get exposed to a variety of different and important subjects,” Schlueter said. “It is a solid class and gives you a great background.”

In addition to its traditional MBA coursework, Northwest offers an online degree in partnership with Missouri Southern State University. The cohort program is designed to be completed in two years and offers students the convenience of completing their degree at any location. Four courses are offered each fall and spring, and three course are offered during the summer. Graduates receive a degree that lists both Northwest and Missouri Southern on their diploma. Northwest’s online MBA Program has been ranked the No. 7 “Best Buy” by the national online learning review team at For more information about the online MBA program, go to

For more detailed information about the MBA program and the new course, contact the Northwest Graduate Office at 800.633.1175 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468