By MAGGIE MENDERSKI
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Quincy University has announced a new program that will allow graduate students to earn a master's degree without coming to Quincy.
The university announced Tuesday that it is accepting applications for an online master's of business administration program. Classes will begin in February.
For the past several months, the QU administration has collaborated with area businesses to discover the specific community needs for a local MBA program. This online program will allow those already in the workforce to have a flexible option for furthering education, according to George Hoemann, director of online and nontraditional programs.
The student may pursue an MBA in organizational leadership and operations management, as well as general coursework. The ability to complete an MBA from home will allow access to homework, lectures, readings and group projects from any location connected to the Internet. While online students are invited to take classes on campus, they can achieve the same degree without coming to Quincy.
"It is different, but the goal is to make it equivalent in the education experience," Hoemann said.
John Palmer, associate dean of the school of business and the director of the MBA program, said the university has received several requests from out-of state alums that would like to continue the education they received at QU. Palmer said this new program allows the university to continue a relationship with these alums and provides more avenues for them to advance their careers.
Students can achieve the MBA at their own pace, finishing as early as one year and taking up to five years.
Palmer said the QU faculty will still have personal interaction with students. He anticipates the curriculum will match the rigor of the on-campus MBA program.
While this program is open to those outside of Quincy, QU intends to start with 20 to 25 students.
"We're not trying to become huge," Palmer said. "We're trying to keep it small -- something where faculty can remain approachable and that we can handle with our resources."
QU will launch programs next summer for master's degrees in communication, writing and religious education.
Those interested in applying for the MBA program should call the office of admissions at 228-5210, or visit quincy.edu.