Western Illinois University to Offer Seven Additional Online MBA Classes
By Bob Horton
WIU is planning to greatly expand its online MBA course offerings in the fall of 2013. WIU officials came out with the first online MBA classes in the summer of 2012. It was an accounting class that was very popular with students who live off campus and want to get their MBA. According to university officials, all MBA classes are capped at 25 students, and classes are rarely full. But when the online MBA accounting class was put online for registration, it filled in 12 hours. The popularity of that initial online MBA class mirrors what is going on around the US. Many midwestern universities are noting a decline in the number of two year, full time MBA applications. Online programs, on the other hand, are growing quickly. That is why WIU is trying to do some new things with their MBA program. They are trying to serve students better and meet the needs of the market. Most alumni from the school do not reside in the Macomb, IL area, so online delivery of MBA programs makes sense. For many people thinking about applying to MBA school, the convenience factor of being able to get educated online makes sense for people with busy professional and personal lives. At this time, a total of 11 classes are needed for you to earn your MBA at WIU. In addition to the eight classes that are being offered online, students still need to take three MBA classes in regular classrooms on campus. Those classes are not suited to being delivered in an online format. The same faculty teaches both the online and the classroom MBA programs. The school states that it is ensuring that every course is fully interactive and delivers outcomes that are comparable to what is delivered in the classroom. The new online MBA classes each deal with marketing, management, finance, human resources and supply chain management. Each class has some recorded lectures that students can view when they wish. Also, the classes feature live chat sessions to give all students the chance to ask questions of teachers. All tests for the online MBA classes will be done in supervised testing centers. For example, if you are a student who lives in Quincy IL, you will go to the John Wood Community College’s testing center to take a proctored examination. The student has to show ID and prove that he or she is the person who actually took the class. The community college then provides the student with a computer code that you need to enter into a secure computer to take the online test. These new online MBA classes will be available for registration in April 2013. It is a good idea if you are interested in the MBA classes, to register as soon as possible. Past experience indicates that the classes will fill rapidly. Keep in mind that if you want to take these classes, you have to first be admitted into the MBA program at WIU. WIU also has nine integrated degree offerings that allow you to earn both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in five years. You need to have at least a 3.4 GPA to be considered for this program. The advantage of the integrated degree program is that it allows a good college senior to take MBA classes their senior year, and lock in a cheaper graduate tuition level. And you can then finish your bachelor’s and master’s a semester sooner. Other universities in the midwest have integrated degree programs in this fashion, such as a bachelor’s/master’s in economics. An integrated program such as the MBA program at WIU is a great way to save cash and to get into the job market faster.