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New accelerated pathway program in business offers U of R students new opportunities

Thanks to a newly created University of Redlands Accelerated Master’s Program, students can earn a master’s degree in business administration or business analytics within one year of graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences.

In order to enhance opportunities for its students, the University of Redlands is launching two new accelerated programs in business that enable students to earn both an undergraduate and master’s degree in as little as five years, saving time and money.

The program—a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the School of Business—allows CAS students to choose between a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) degree, both of which equip students to navigate the ever-changing business environment.

“We started the Bulldog MBA in 2018 to encourage undergraduate students to continue on to get their graduate degree with one additional year of study,” says School of Business Senecal Endowed Dean Thomas Horan. “The Accelerated Master’s Program is an expansion of that initiative. We have already received positive reactions to this new program from a variety of students, and our data show that those who complete a master’s degree with us quickly advance in their career and are very satisfied—95 percent of students said they would recommend their program to a colleague or friend.”

CAS students accepted into the Accelerated Master’s Program will automatically be enrolled in the University’s School of Business and will begin taking required graduate-level courses in their third and fourth years in the College. While undergraduate business administration students typically take these courses in order to fulfill a requirement for their major or minor, non-business majors have the opportunity to take the same graduate courses as electives.

CAS Interim Dean Steve Wuhs notes, “The accelerated MBA and MSBA programs are a wonderful opportunity, and not just for our business students.  Students from across the College can pursue whatever their passions are as undergraduates—in the arts, in the natural or social sciences, or the humanities—and now pair that passion with skills and aptitudes from our School of Business programs.  The pathway is clear, accessible, and a strong example of our desire to connect liberal arts education and professional development.”

In their final year, students earning their MBA will choose among emphases in marketing, global business, finance, and location analytics. Those earning the MSBA degree will take courses on information technology, geographic information systems, management information systems, and business.

For students who start their final year at the School of Business before the end of the 2020-21 academic year, the tuition cost for the 32-unit MBA or MSBA is approximately $25,000. This results in a 30 to 40 percent tuition cost savings, compared to the standard program cost of earning one of these degrees.

Read more about the Accelerated Master’s Program, sign up for an informational webinar on February 23, or learn more about the U of R School of Business or College of Arts and Sciences.