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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 J. Garland Schilcutt School of Business and 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."

MBA Fast-Track Plan

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.

Ten choices of emphasis

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:

  • Finance
  • Forensic/Fraud
  • Healthcare Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Insurance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Sport Management

"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."

Business Administration at Lakeland

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."


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