Coastal Carolina University has been approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to establish a master's degree program in business administration (MBA) beginning in the fall of 2006.
The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration will begin accepting applications for the MBA program as of Jan. 1, 2006.
"This new degree continues to demonstrate our commitment to quality programming of education that serves the needs of our students, the community and the region," said David DeCenzo, dean of the Wall College of Business.
According to DeCenzo, the MBA program was developed in response to increased demand from students and business leaders in the area. Members of the Board of Visitors of the Wall College, for instance, have pledged to work cooperatively with CCU to make the program available to their employees.
Currently, the MBA programs of the University of South Carolina and Winthrop University are offered at Coastal though cooperative programs via distance learning, but the Winthrop program is scheduled to be discontinued in the fall of 2006.
An MBA program at Coastal will provide advantages for students preparing for CPA certification, which requires students to have 150 hours of post-secondary education before they can be licensed. Coastal will offer an integrated program leading both to CPA licensure and the MBA.
Coastal's MBA program will also attract international students from the several foreign institutions of higher education with which Coastal has established partnerships.
Curriculum for the new program will focus on major areas of business competencies that have been identified by local constituencies, including management in the service environment. Coastal's MBA will prepare students to operate effectively in a service economy such as, but not limited to, the Grand Strand's hospitality industry. Other curriculum areas include management of the accounting/finance function, decision making skills, and social competencies such as leadership, ethical conduct of business, interpersonal skills and more.
For more information on Coastal's master's program in business administration, contact Coastal's Office of Admissions at 349-2188.