The University of Missouri now offers one of the most popular college degrees online – business administration.

The program is 100 percent online, making it the perfect alternative for people who have some college experience but who left early to enter the work force. The online degree also is meant for those finishing their two-year business degrees at community colleges and can’t relocate to work on their four-year bachelor’s degrees.

Applications are now being accepted: the application deadline is July 1. Classes start August 21.

Ajay Vinzé, Dean of the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at MU, said the program aims to help people take the next step in their careers.

“The program has high expectations for its students – the curriculum parallels our existing in-class experience. As with our on-campus programs, the online version will deliver key business fundamentals and equip our students as future drivers of commerce. We will achieve this while driving students to be hard-working team players – who innovate, motivate others, and think strategically,” Vinzé said. “Graduates from this program will help with critical workforce needs in our local and national economy.”

Business administration graduates are in demand. Job growth opportunities in certain business related occupations are projected to grow between 7 and 15 percent in Missouri by 2024, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

“Offering this online option for completing a business degree allows students from across Missouri and beyond an option to engage with our award-winning business program,” Vinzé said. 

Online students will follow the same curriculum – and will be held to the same academic standards – as students in the on-campus program.

Cohorts will begin the program each autumn, beginning with the fall 2017 semester, and proceed through their course work as a collaborative learning community.

The online class work features interaction and students will work together to perfect their skills in planning, organizing, staffing and directing a business, project or department. Courses will show them how to create and manage customers and connect consumers to goods.

By the time they graduate, students also will have experience with financial markets and be able to better navigate the decision-making process in organizations.

Tuition award for Missouri community college graduates

The program is designed as a degree completion program, meaning students need 60 credit hours or an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institution to be accepted to the online program.

Students who transfer to the online program after earning an associate’s degree from one of Missouri’s public community colleges are eligible for a 10 percent tuition award.

“We are committed to increasing access and affordability,” said Mizzou Online Director Kim Siegenthaler. “Mizzou now offers more than 100 online degrees and certificates making a well-respected MU degree more accessible.

“And with the Mizzou Online Community College Tuition Award for those who graduated from one of Missouri’s public community colleges, we are working to stay as affordable as possible,” Siegenthaler said.

Return on investment

Mizzou’s new online bachelor of science in business administration is unique among Missouri programs in that it emphasizes professional development and career services.

Online learners will take part in internships, just as students in the on-campus business administration program do. Students who already work full-time can satisfy internship requirements through their current employer by engaging with new projects, departments or opportunities.

“We have a tremendously connected alumni network and well-established Business Career Services,” said Vinzé. “With more than 92 percent of our students placed in their chosen fields within three months of graduation, our students are realizing a quick ROI from their Trulaske experience.” 

Graduates will be well-positioned for careers in many areas, including banking and finance, human resources, insurance, and marketing and sales.

Applications are now being accepted: the application deadline is July 1. Classes start August 21. 

Learn more about MU’s online bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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