Spring Arbor University Adds MBA Business Classes


SPRING ARBOR — Three new MBA concentrations in the areas of health care administration, human resource management, and strategic leadership will be added this fall to Spring Arbor University’s curriculum to help prepare students meet an ever-increasing demand for these specialized managerial skills.

“As we seek to fulfill the Spring Arbor University mission to prepare graduates for critical participation in the contemporary world, we are pleased to offer these new MBA concentrations, which respond to significant employer interest in Michigan and beyond,” said Kimberly Rupert, the college’s provost and chief academic officer.

The 36-credit-hour program covers six core courses in marketing, economics, management information systems, organizational development, international business, and managerial accounting. In addition, students will take a business research course, and complete a final research project course that allows students to critically analyze an organization. Some students research their current employers, while others may conduct their project with other companies or non-profit organizations.

“Our goal is to provide a venue for students to apply their knowledge and skills to improve the performance of organizations,” said Caleb Chan, dean of the college’s Gainey School of Business. “This action-based research has been the hallmark of our success in the MBA programs since 1993.”

The 18-month MBA program combines the best of management theories and practices, business skills, and experiential learning through the capstone research project. Students will also attend a four-day International Business Summit in New York City.

Fall cohorts are scheduled to start Sept. 1 at SAU locations in Jackson, Lansing, Kalamazoo, metro Toledo, Spring Arbor, and online. Spring cohorts will be starting on March 2, 2015, in Battle Creek, Flint, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Southfield, Spring Arbor, and online. Further information can be found on the arbor.edu/mba.