Overland Park Baker University will offer a new master's degree program at its graduate school campus in Overland Park.
Students at the school will be able to enroll in a master of business administration program beginning this fall at Baker's School of Professional and Graduate Studies.
The program is targeted at working adults and is an integrated sequence of courses covering all major aspects of modern business management. The 46-hour program can be completed in less than two years and focuses on developing management performance skills in business, industry and the public sector.
Don Clardy, dean of the Overland Park school, said the program shows Baker's commitment to serving the educational needs of adult students as well as the Kansas City-area businesses and industries they represent.
The MBA courses will be taught by faculty with academic credentials and professional experience in modern business. Many faculty members are employed full-time in corporate management and industry.
Baker President Dan Lambert said the program is a logical extension of what he calls the university's mission.
"Baker is committed to lifetime learning needs of adults and to sound professional education based in the liberal arts tradition," Lambert said.
The outreach school currently also offers several degree programs specifically designed for working adults. These degrees include the Baker Bridge program for people with little or no college credit; a bachelor of business administration, which is an upper-level degree completion program; a master of science in management and a master of liberal arts. Total university enrollment is about 1,150 students.
Baker started the Overland Park school in 1987 because it recognized a need for adult education in the Kansas City area.
Clardy said the MBA program was added to the school's curriculum because of a recognizable need for such programs for working adults.
John Fuller, director of information at Baker's Baldwin campus, said today that attempts were under way to bring the outreach classes to Lawrence, but nothing definite had been scheduled.
Baker's College of Arts and Science in Baldwin offers more than 30 udergraduate degree programs. The college was founded by what is now the United Methodist Church and is the oldest four-year college in the state.