Wesleyan to offer new MBA degree


Staff Writer

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

N.C. Wesleyan College officially has announced its plan to offer a new Master of Business Administration degree in January 2020.

Though the idea has been under consideration for some time, the college recently submitted documentation requesting approval of the degree to its regional accreditor, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Pending approval from the SACS-COC, the college plans to start classes for the new MBA degree on Jan. 6, 2020.

If the program is approved, this will be the second master’s degree program launched by the college in the past two years, according to a press release from the college. The college launched its Master of Science in Criminal Justice in the spring of 2018 and already has seen the first cohort of students graduate from that program.

“Our faculty have worked extremely hard to develop our MBA curriculum that will provide students with the skills required to excel in their careers,” Wesleyan interim President Evan D. Duff said. “Future plans may include concentrations in areas like health care administration, business analytics and logistics. Our faculty will analyze market and industry research to determine how this curriculum may evolve.”

The MBA program at Wesleyan will consist of earning 33 credit hours and will be delivered completely online in order to accommodate students who already are working or who are seeking employment. For most people, the degree will take one year to complete and will consist of five eight-week sessions, with two classes per session. It will end with a final capstone class, the press release said.

Like some other academic programs offered by the college, including the Adult Studies programs, the degree offers rolling admission, meaning students attending can start the program throughout the year at the beginning of any new eight-week session, the release said.

In an earlier interview, former president Dewey Clark said that the school expects no problems with the accreditation process for the MBA degree. More than 50 people already have expressed interest in obtaining an MBA degree at Wesleyan, Clark said.

“This program is the only MBA offered locally to the Twin County region and will serve as a great asset to our community and those interested in advancing their career,” the press release said.

N.C. Wesleyan will begin accepting applications into the program beginning on Aug. 1. Anyone interested in learning more about earning an MBA degree at Wesleyan can contact Dani Somers, director of graduate admissions, at DSomers@ncwc.edu.