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One of our most popular majors is stronger than ever, with 10 revamped areas of emphasis that companies value when hiring college graduates. And now there is another option: Lakeland's Master of Business Administration fast-track plan!
If your objective is to gain broad exposure to business curriculum, while honing specific areas of expertise, business administration is the major for you.
"I think what makes it appealing for students is that they have a chance to concentrate on a certain area," says Scott Niederjohn, Charlotte and Walter Kohler Professor of Economics and Business and Dean of Lakeland's School of Business & Entrepreneurship. "So while they get the broad-based education, they're also asked to pick (at least) one area where they can really concentrate their studies."
Receive a bachelor's AND an MBA back-to-back in just five years – without having to apply to enter the MBA program. Here's how it works: During a student's senior year of undergraduate school, he or she will take dual-credit classes that will satisfy requirements for both the bachelor's and the MBA. After graduating with a bachelor's degree, the student will attend one more year of classes to earn the MBA degree, then enter the workforce with both degrees.
"This option was designed to be flexible and meet the needs of our students in a very cost-effective way," Niederjohn said.
With one or more emphasis attached to your business administration degree, you will be strongly positioned to enter the workforce. Each emphasis area requires completion of 12-18 credits.
Lakeland consulted with employers and advisory boards, and analyzed career development data and national market trends before deciding on the following 10 emphases:
"Any one of these emphasis areas, coupled with our core business administration curriculum, will prepare students for jobs in those fields," says Niederjohn. "These changes create new choices for our students that match needs in the marketplace."
Internships are critical components of any top-of-the-stack resume, especially when it comes to the world of business. Today's employers want to know if you can do the work, analyze business problems and solve them, often on deadline.
"What makes our business program special? Our links to local employers," says Niederjohn. "Our students are required to do an internship as a for-credit class. I think we do a good job of making sure our students find valuable internships, and the most common way students find their eventual job is through connections and often through their internship."
Name: Evan Dieringer
Hometown: Germantown, Wis.
Title: Commercial lines underwriter
Sheboygan, Wis.-based insurance company ACUITY has regularly been ranked one of the best mid-sized employers in the nation by the Great Place to Work Institute, so it’s no surprise so many people want to work there. The competition for careers is intense.
Evan, a 2013 grad, was recently hired by ACUITY exceling through the company’s meticulous screening and interview process.
“I was able to talk about my liberal arts education, and how valuable that was for me,” Evan says. “I think they saw how well-rounded I was and how experienced I was due to my internships. I think Lakeland graduates are as competitive as those from any school.”
Evan says that during ACUITY’s vetting process, company representatives dissected his Lakeland transcripts and asked how specific classes might apply to the insurance industry.
“They seemed to be very impressed with the curriculum,” he says.
After graduating, he had two additional full-time job offers on the table, but chose to pursue the ACUITY position because of the company’s success, growth potential and incredible reputation.
“I’d say Lakeland enabled me to realize my potential,” he says. “The people at Lakeland pushed me and made me believe I could do whatever I wanted to do. I truly believe I would not be working here right now if not for my experience at Lakeland.”.
Listed below are just some of the jobs Lakeland University business administration students from recent graduating classes have landed:
Listed below are some of the internships Lakeland University business administration students have landed during their stay at Lakeland:
And the completion of at least one Emphasis designated for the Business Administration major – see emphases listed below.
One of the following:
Open to traditional students. All courses offered through the Evening, Weekend, Online program.
Not available to Hospitality Management majors.
Four of the following six courses:
Not available to sport management and leadership majors or sport management minors.
(Not Available to School of Business and Entrepreneurship Majors)
Note: The course selected to meet this requirement may not be used to meet requirements of another major or minor in the School of Business and Entrepreneurship.
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