By Denise Dick
People interested in earning a master’s of business administration degree at Youngstown State University have another option to attain their goal.
An MBA is one of five master’s and two bachelor’s degrees that will be offered online beginning this fall.
“We’re interested in increasing enrollment and reaching new markets,” said Betty Jo Licata, dean of the Williamson College of Business Administration.
Interest in online is growing and the program may appeal to people who want to earn an MBA but don’t have the ability to come to campus for classes, she said.
It also may interest people from outside of the region who want to earn an MBA through a program accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
An MBA information session is set for 5:45 p.m. July 9 in Room 3418 in Williamson Hall at YSU.
Information will be available at the session regarding both the traditional on-campus and the online delivery methods of the MBA program.
Individuals may earn their MBA by taking evening classes.
The other degrees that will be offered online this fall are master’s of science in engineering management, criminal justice, respiratory care, and early childhood education.
Two bachelor’s of science degrees — in public health and applied science in allied health — also will be offered in the fall.
Millie Rodriguez, director of the YSU Office of Distance Education, said in a news release that all the online courses are peer-reviewed and have been approved by the Ohio Board of Regents.
“These 100 percent online programs carry with them the academic excellence that has been a hallmark of Youngstown State University for more than a century,” Rodriguez said.
“The courses will be taught by experienced faculty with practical, real-world experience, will be delivered through easy-to-use technology readily available to students and will be backed by customer service aimed at ensuring student success.”
Licata said that in order for a student to be successful in the online program he or she must be disciplined and motivated.
“It’s just as demanding and rigorous as the on-campus course would be, but you’re doing it on your own,” she said.