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Business school offers graduates opportunity to expand knowledge (Released: 8/8/96)

by Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut's School of Business Administration is offering a new program that enables people who already have an advanced degree and may desire to new gain skills and knowledge in specific business-related areas to select specific master of business administration (MBA) courses.

"This is just one example of what life-long learning really means," says David Palmer, director of UConn's MBA programs. "This will help people prepare for changes in their workplace, or in their own businesses, so they can do a better job, increase their competitiveness."

The program, called the Advanced Business Certificate program (ABC), allows people who have been promoted and need a broader understanding of one or more business fields, who may have changed jobs and are unfamiliar with various aspects of their new position, or people who are considering changing careers, to enroll in up to four regular MBA courses without signing on for a full, multi-year, MBA regimen. It could also be a way for people with a master's degree or doctorate in fields other than business who are considering an MBA to "test the waters," and see if an MBA is really for them, Palmer says.

Costs are based on the standard MBA fee of $340 per credit. The program is being offered on a space-available basis, starting Aug. 28, in conjunction with UConn's evening MBA programs in Hartford and at UConn's Stamford graduate center at 2777 Summer St. An information session on the ABC program, and the school's evening MBA programs, will be offered at Summer Street at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 14, and at 6 p.m. Aug. 15, in the library building at UConn's Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, campus.

The main advantage of the program, compared to a more traditional executive education package or non-credit course, also offered at UConn, is that students enrolling in the ABC program will attend regular MBA classes, side-by-side with students who have had five or more years of experience in the business world and who are highly motivated and business oriented. Classes will be taught by the business school's best professors, or teams of professors, carefully selected from the faculty based on their expertise and fit with individual courses.

"It's perfect for doctors who want to learn more about health care management, managed care or accounting. Or for engineers who would like to broaden their knowledge in operations and information management or marketing. And we expect to see many businesspeople, including those who already have an MBA, who would be interested in our international business programs, which are very strong," Palmer says.

To receive a certificate, students must earn at least 12 credits, nine of which must be electives. Certificates are available in human resources management, health systems management, management of technology, international business, management, accounting, real estate, marketing or finance. To qualify for the program, students must have already earned a graduate degree -- in any field -- from an accredited college or university; have maintained at least a 3.0 grade-point average during their graduate study; or submit GMAT scores. Applications are taken year-round, with students eligible to begin their studies anytime within a year of admission.

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