Southeast to Offer MBA and BSBA Degrees Online

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 11, 2005 – The Harrison College of Business at Southeast Missouri State University will soon make the dream of earning a master of business administration (MBA) degree or an undergraduate business degree more accessible for many.

Beginning this summer, the MBA general management option and the bachelor of science in business administration degree with an option in organizational administration will both be available entirely online.

“The option to earn a degree online will benefit those whose schedules, location or time restraints would otherwise prevent them from coming to campus to earn a degree,” said Dr. Kenneth Heischmidt, director of graduate programs in Southeast’s Harrison College of Business. “This option is ideal for people who need flexibility because of their personal or professional circumstances. It is designed for part-time students who are restricted by time and location,” he said.

“With today’s changing demographics and complex schedules, individuals place a high value on their time and on convenience,” added Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Harrison College of Business. “This will allow students to schedule their academic week around their other commitments,” he stressed.

Students earning their degrees online will experience the same academic curriculum taught by the same professors as the on-campus students, according to Heischmidt and McDougall. Interaction with classmates and faculty will be supported electronically through e-mail, chat rooms, forums, bulletin boards and drop boxes. Evaluation methods are online as well, and course materials are available either online or can be ordered online, meaning students can earn their degree from Southeast Missouri State University without ever setting foot on campus.

Students can even gain real-world experience through applied research projects, McDougall said. Students who don’t have undergraduate degrees in business but want to earn their MBA degree can take the required foundation courses online as well.

“We are responding to nationwide trends,” McDougall said. “People want convenience, access and flexibility. This will expand access to Southeast’s AACSB-accredited business programs throughout our service region, which extends south from St. Louis to the Arkansas border,” he said.

For additional information, view the Harrison College of Business Web site at http://www6.semo.edu/mba or contact the Southeast Missouri State University MBA office by phone at (573) 651-5116 or by e-mail at mba@semo.edu. For information on online learning at Southeast, including system requirements, visit http://www.semo.edu/online