If you’re shopping for an MBA or other advanced professional degree in the metro area, Belhaven College, Millsaps College and Mississippi College have programs to fit your needs — and schedules.
The latest offering at Millsaps College, established in 1890, is an emphasis in health care management, introduced last spring, said Bart Herridge, director of graduate business admissions.
“We added a health care management emphasis to our line-up after hearing from professionals in the medical community,” Herridge said. “There were a lot of folks in administrative positions in some of the area health care centers who were really interested in health care-related advanced degrees. We also heard from nurses and doctors who also wanted to pick up business skills and learn how to deal with HMOs, for example.”
Almost 152 students are enrolled full or part time in the MBA and master of accountancy programs at Millsaps College.
“Even though we have traditionally had more women than men students, almost two-thirds currently enrolled in the MBA and master of accountancy programs are men,” said Herridge.
Of those enrolled, almost 80% are part-time students; all masters’ courses are offered at night. Classes are offered on the traditional semester system, not a rolling enrollment system.
“The program is generally one night a week in the fall and spring, and two nights a week in the summer,” Herridge said. “There’s not a specific study group because you won’t necessarily have the same people in the next class.”
Established in 1883, Belhaven College, a Christian liberal arts college with its roots in the Presbyterian Church, kicked off its first MBA program, patterned after the school’s concentrated BBA program that caters to working adults, little more than two years ago. Since then, about 70 have completed the MBA program; another 70 are currently enrolled.
Students of the MBA program are supplied with the latest business software on laptop computers, included in tuition, use of the Internet for research and work in teams on various projects and presentations. For the convenience of working students, books are issued in class.
“Our MBA program has proven very popular with working adults,” said Frances Tamboli, director of Adult Edge enrollment services. “Many graduates talk about the study groups they were in and how close-knit they became while studying for their master’s degrees.”
The MBA degree program is 40-semester credit hour graduate rolling enrollment program offered one night per week with 15 to 20 students per class. Classes are divided into study groups of four or five students for the duration of the program, she said.
Belhaven College was the only Mississippi school listed in “The Student Guide to America’s 100 Best College Buys” in 1998 for its high academics at below average costs. Barrons rated it “competitive-plus.” In a survey of 1,658 denomination and non-denominational colleges and universities, it was named one of 87 schools for its high academic standards in “America’s Best Christian Colleges: 1999.”
Mississippi College, founded in 1826, the oldest institution of higher learning in Mississippi, began offering graduate degree programs in 1950. Since then, MC has developed an array of options in the masters arena that includes art, education, business administration, liberal studies, health services administration, social sciences, communications, computer science and counseling psychology, said Janice Baddley of Mississippi College.
“Through MC’s graduate school, students may also obtain certificates in accounting, computing and information systems, education and paralegal studies or complete the education specialist in our counseling program,” Baddley said.
Mississippi College made the list of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges,” Barron’s 300: Best Buys in College Education and The New York Times Best Buys in College, she said.
More than 200 students are currently enrolled in the MBA program, which consists of 30 hours of course work for students who have earned an undergraduate degree from a school of business. The Accelerated MBA program allows for the completion of prerequisite coursework in an abbreviated time frame, Baddley said.
In the last five years, more than 70 students have graduated from the master of health science program, an area of growing interest, Baddley said.
Jackson State University was contacted for this story but calls were not returned to the MBJ by press time.
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