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July 9, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU School of Business gets MBA go ahead

HARRISBURG, Pa. –The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors today approved a request from the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees to allow SRU’s School of Business to offer a new master of business administration degree.

The new SRU MBA program is designed to meet the needs of the commonwealth’s high priority occupations in the areas of financial services, logistics and management. The 36- to 39-credit program will consist of three tracks: general, accounting/finance and management/marketing.

“We appreciate the board of governor’s approval and will begin accepting applications immediately,” said Kurt Schimmel, dean of the College of Business, Information and Social Sciences.

“The program provides an excellent opportunity to provide for our students and business professionals in the Cranberry area. We look forward to fulfilling this need and for the opportunity to provide a ‘fifth-year’ option to our undergraduate business students.” The program will allow undergraduate School of Business majors to link to the program, thus earning their undergraduate and graduate degree in five years.

SRU President Cheryl Norton provided details about SRU’s planned program to the governors at Monday’s committee meeting.

The program will use an eight-week, mini-semester format with both face-to-face classes at the Regional Learning Alliance in Cranberry Township and online courses. It will provide flexibility and accelerated delivery formats designed to meet the needs of working adults who wish to maintain or advance in their careers.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.