Starting with the fall 2010 semester, students everywhere will be able to earn a Master of Business Administration degree through Frostburg State University, now that the full, AACSB-accredited program has been made available through online classes.
For many years now, MBA students, like other FSU students, have been able to take some of the classes toward their degree fully online or in a blended format, which is partially online and partially in a traditional classroom. The final steps toward offering the entire MBA program online were taken this past spring.
“Due to recent changes in and complexity of the global environment, the economic, educational and social aspects of people's lives have become increasingly demanding,” said Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean of the FSU College of Business. “Our online MBA program provides students with accessibility, affordability and flexibility, so they can deal with various life demands more effectively.”
FSU’s MBA is still offered in face-to-face classes, but the online format will benefit those busy professionals who have difficulty fitting regular class times into their schedules, as well as those for whom travel to Frostburg or Hagerstown, where the MBA is offered at the University System of Maryland Hagerstown, would be too difficult.
“The majority of students in FSU’s MBA program are part-time students who are working adults with families and outside commitments. Frequently the family and work commitments interfere with the student’s ability to take classes at the time they are offered,” said Ron Ross, coordinator of FSU’s MBA program.
Tootoonchi said the online MBA should serve those students well. “Students can enroll in our online MBA program from anywhere in the world. FSU tuition and fees are comparatively less expensive than many other institutions, and our courses are available year-round, allowing students the flexibility they need to complete degree requirements in a timely manner.”
FSU sought approval for this move toward a fully online program from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which accredits the entire institution. FSU’s College of Business is also accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the online MBA will carry the same level of international recognition.
For more information about FSU’s MBA program, visit www.frostburg.edu/colleges/cob/mba or contact the FSU Office of Graduate Services at 301-687-7053.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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