An MBA degree can increase a person’s annual income by more than 21%, but not everyone can afford to take the time off to earn one. At the cutting edge of the latest trends in distance learning, the University of the Southwest (USW) has combined the latest online teaching methods, including e/pop web conferencing and MediaCAST, to facilitate students’ progress through its new MBA program. As they have since its inception, servant leadership and personal initiative remain core values of USW.
Located in Hobbs, New Mexico, USW was originally chartered as a two-year junior college in 1956. Throughout its growth and name changes during the next decades, the institution that has become USW has remained the college for Christian education that its founder, Clarence Evans, envisioned. As a community of initiative, USW challenges its graduates to become “enterprising members of society contributing to the common good by advocating and participating in the productive commerce of free enterprise, the constitutional privilege of self-government, and the practical contributions of community service”.
Furthering its dual goals of enriching human lives and glorifying God, USW has enhanced its online MBA program by requiring a Leadership course. Not only do students of the MBA program master the necessary skills to become leaders in the boardroom, they also learn the ethical values necessary to transform their world. USW’s ethos of servant leadership empowers its graduates to do more than earn money. It challenges them to make a difference: to uplift those around them to make life better for all.
Implemented just this year, the MBA program at USW allows students of all faiths to accelerate through the degree track by giving credit for workplace experience and professional accomplishments, as well as military training. With its 8-week courses running consecutively throughout the year, the MBA program can be completed in as little as 12 months, enabling students to begin their new careers as soon as possible. Even with no business degree, students are a mere 36 credit hours from an MBA.
But that doesn’t mean that USW has skimped on substance. The University has partnered with a curriculum development firm, Savant Learning Systems, to provide lectures by textbook authors and subject matter experts. Students interact via Blackboard and CAMS-Enterprise Course Management. For those who need special assistance, USW provides links to online tutors. And, to make life easier for students struggling in this down economy, USW supplies them with iPads, preloaded with textbooks, apps, and other digital media at no extra charge. Students of this accredited institution are eligible for financial aid, and can earn an MBA degree for under $20,000.
Even if an MBA is not in your future, USW also offers online bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice and Psychology, and a Master’s of Science in Education with 8 specializations. Applicants to USW online are required to transfer from an accredited college or university, have graduated from a home school program or an accredited high school, have obtained a GED, or have received special approval from the admissions office.