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New MBAdvantage program provides opportunity to earn bachelor’s and MBA degrees in five years

January 14, 2010

MBAdvantage - The Best of the Liberal Arts & Business

Longwood University's new MBAdvantage program provides an opportunity for Longwood students majoring in arts and sciences disciplines to earn a bachelor's degree and an MBA in about five years. The program is administered through the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences and is offered in coordination with the College of Business and Economics.

Longwood students are eligible to enter the program in their junior year, pending approval by the department chair and the MBA director (based on academic standing and potential). Once enrolled, students take business courses as electives during their junior and senior years while they complete their bachelor's degree. The required business courses are statistics, principles of accounting, principles of economics, computer applications, and introduction to business. During the senior year, interested students apply to the MBA program and, if admitted, pursue another year or so of study to earn the MBA degree. Regular MBA program admission criteria apply to applicants through the MBAdvantage program.

"This is a great opportunity for our students," said Dr. Charles Ross, dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences. "Quite often graduates of arts and sciences programs find themselves later in life entering management positions and wishing they had an MBA. Starting a career with an MBA already in hand is definitely an advantage."

Abbey O'Connor, director of Longwood's MBA program agrees, "The practical business knowledge and leadership skills a student acquires through an MBA will increase their job opportunities and earning potential, no matter what field they are in."

For more information on the MBAdvantage program, contact Dr. Charles Ross, dean, Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences at 395.2054, rosscd@longwood.edu or visit www.longwood.edu/cas/mbadvantage.htm