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Walsh College to Launch New Master of Arts in Business in Fall 2017

Today, Walsh College announced the addition of the Master of Arts in Business (MA in Business), a new graduate degree program scheduled to launch this fall. Michael Rinkus, DBA, interim executive vice president and chief academic officer, made the announcement.

Unique in the Michigan market, the MA in Business is designed specifically for non-business professionals who need to build business knowledge and skills to advance in their careers. Unlike the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree that is focused on building in-depth business expertise for aspiring business executives, the MA in Business will provide well-rounded business knowledge for professionals in the fields of healthcare, arts and design, architecture, criminal justice, education, information technology, construction management, food service, and many others. The degree will also be valuable for entrepreneurs who must master the necessary business skills to ensure the success of their ventures.

“Walsh College has built its reputation providing focused and rigorous business programs. With the new Master of Arts in Business program, the school is expanding its reach to create rewarding opportunities to an entirely new group of students,” Dr. Rinkus said. “By delivering a practical and well-rounded business education for non-business undergraduates, we can close the skills gap and arm today’s professionals with the fundamental proficiencies required to move forward into challenging new roles or bring their passion projects to life as a successful small business.”

The 33 credit hour program will feature 11 courses in subjects such as communication skills, human resource management and organizational behavior, information technology systems, marketing, financial accounting/budgeting, and more. Students will begin the program with a Foundation of Business Success course to drive critical insights into key business concepts and command of core business disciplines. When possible, the MA in Business program will personalize courses and tailor projects and assignments to individual students’ interests as a leader in their field of expertise or as an entrepreneur. Student support services will be provided throughout the program to help students achieve success, through the College’s tutoring labs, workshops, and other specialized support.

An MA in Business student taking two courses per semester could complete the degree in approximately one to one and a half years. This degree can be completed entirely online or in a hybrid 2+2 format (combination of online and on campus) and is designed for working adults. Walsh College will begin accepting applications this spring. For more information or to apply to the program, visit