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Monday, 05 February 2018 10:07

Frostburg State University has received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer concentrations in its online Master of Business Administration program. In addition to a management concentration, which is similar to FSU’s current MBA, approval has been granted to offer concentrations in health care management and in business analytics.

The added concentrations are designed to better meet the needs of the business community. FSU consulted two primary regional employers, one in data analytics and another in health care, to gain deeper insights into the employment market and to seek input into the curriculum. Both employers agreed that these specialized skill sets will enhance the marketability of FSU’s MBA graduates and are needed to keep pace with the growing demand for graduates with deep analytical skills, given policy changes in the health care field and the dynamic environment of management overall.

“These concentrations demonstrate the commitment of Frostburg State’s faculty to provide a relevant educational program for the professional adults interested in advancing their careers,” said FSU President Ronald Nowaczyk. “Health care management and business analytics are two of the highest demand areas in today’s economy.”

“This is one of the most exciting and consequential revisions to Frostburg’s MBA program,” said Dr. Sudhir Singh, dean of FSU’s College of Business. “The new concentrations address regional and national workforce needs and elevate the College’s positioning significantly within the landscape of graduate business education.”

The current curriculum provides a general MBA degree to prepare students in management, along with coverage in functional areas that includes accounting, economics, finance, human resources, leadership, marketing and strategic planning.

”Dr. Singh’s leadership has been vital as he and the College of Business faculty worked quickly to build these new concentrations and gain their approval,” said FSU Provost Elizabeth Throop. “These two new areas of focus build on FSU’s existing curricular strengths in health sciences and informatics.”

The redesigned program, starting in fall of 2018, will continue with eight core courses taken from the current program, adding four specialized courses each for concentrations in business analytics, health care management and management. The length of the program will remain the same: 36 credits if the student studied business as an undergraduate major and 42 credits for those from other majors, with two three-credit “essentials” courses providing those students with the background necessary for the remaining program. 

“The new concentrations prepare our graduates for careers in a more discerning knowledge economy that continues to confer a premium on specialized education across a diverse set of work contexts,” Singh said.

FSU’s MBA is offered completely online, with all classes except the final capstone course offered in 6- or 7-week sessions, allowing students to focus more closely on a single topic with each session. All FSU business programs are accredited by AASCB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Frostburg’s MBA has been rated among U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Programs, and is also consistently rated as a Best Buy for AACSB-accredited online MBA programs by GetEducated.com.

For more information about FSU’s MBA, visit www.frostburg.edu/academics/majorminors/graduate/ms-business-administration/index.php or call the 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.eduor facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

 

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