Tabor to begin MBA program with local ties to businesses

Tabor College has unveiled a new masters in business administration degree program, with concentration in accounting, to be offered on the Hillsboro campus starting in July 2015.

The MBA program will allow students to take the certified public accountant exam upon completion. The 10-month program consists of 33 semester hours. Six hours would be taken in a hybrid format, part online and part on campus.

These courses would begin in late July and end in August before the beginning of the fall semester.

A student would take 12 hours of course work during the fall, an Interterm trip?included in the cost of tuition?and take 12 hours in the spring (three courses and a three-hour practicum).

The estimated cost of the program is $15,500, which includes the Interterm trip and a tablet or laptop computer with software needed for the program. Federal financial aid can be available for the program.

Norm Hope, professor of business administration, said there is a need for this type of program.

?The Tabor College business department is excited to provide current and future students the opportunity to earn their masters of business administration in accounting on our Hillsboro campus,? Hope said.

?This program sets us apart by offering a faith-based MBA, which prepares the next generation of accounting professionals for a dynamic and changing business environment.

?Requiring domestic and international field experience provides students an opportunity to learn beyond the traditional classroom,? he added. ?The program prepares students for a career in public accounting or industry by providing real-world and classroom experience.?

Most of the students matriculating to the integrated accounting MBA would come from Tabor undergraduate students. They would enroll at Tabor as freshman, complete the undergraduate program in accounting and then complete the graduate course work for the accounting masters.

Students who would be successful in completing the graduate program would tend to have an undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Tabor will not require the graduate management admission test for admission. However, students transferring into the program for the fifth year must complete the requirements of the college?s undergraduate degree in accounting before graduating with the integrated MBA in accounting degree.

Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, said, ?The MBA in accounting is meeting a need we are perceiving with our students and prospective students. Most future job projections list accounting as one of the employment needs of the future. With our strong business program, this is a natural to expand the accounting major to better serve our students.?

One of the important aspects of the program will be the placement of students in businesses in the community, as well as with the city and local community economic development organizations.

As part of the planning for the program, the business department faculty will conduct a series of meetings with local business leaders and outline a plan for working with companies in Hills?boro and with community leaders on economic development projects designed to attract business to the town and to enhance the performance of existing local businesses.

?This is a win-win for Tabor and for our community,? Hope said. ?Students who pursue this program will have the opportunity to do internships in the Hillsboro community and then have the potential to stay here after graduation to work.?

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