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ATU’s Online MBA Program Earns Approval

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Individuals seeking a Master of Business Administration degree will have a new, entirely online and innovative choice from Arkansas Tech University beginning in August 2017.

The Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the Arkansas Tech MBA degree program proposal during its meeting on Friday, Jan. 27.

According to the program proposal, the ATU Master of Business Administration degree consists of 10 three-hour courses that will be delivered online through the Russellville campus of Arkansas Tech.

The proposal also states that the degree is “focused on executive decision making and is information-analysis oriented in nature.”

The Arkansas Tech MBA was developed in conjunction with surveys of ATU College of Business alumni and employers. Information from those surveys was used to identify specific needs in the marketplace that could be addressed by Tech’s new program.

“Our research found that prospective MBA students are interested in a degree that will help them analyze business market situations using real-time or gathered business information, and that employers appreciate the efficiencies created by online learning,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president. “With that information in hand, the College of Business, in conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Graduate College, developed an MBA program that will create new career opportunities for our students and a deeper, more prepared pool of leadership candidates for the business community in Arkansas and beyond.”

The ATU College of Business is accredited by AACSB. In addition to its new MBA program, the college also offers Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees in accounting, business data analytics, economics and finance and management and marketing as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in business education.

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Individuals interested in learning more about the ATU Master of Business Administration degree may contact Dr. Stephen Jones, associate dean, at (479) 968-0673 or