The Citadel has created its MBA program with working students in mind. Students can choose to take classes in person at the college, online or they can even opt for a hybrid of both in-person and online courses to better accommodate their schedules.
That’s particularly helpful to people who travel frequently with their jobs. They can easily keep up with their classes online and then jump back into an on-campus class when their schedule changes, explains Jeremy Bennett, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of MBA programs at The Citadel’s Baker School of Business.
The 36-hour MBA program can be completed in as little as a year or spread out over a few years so working students have the flexibility to go at their own pace.
“This program was built and designed for working professionals,” Bennett says. “It can be anyone out of college up to VPs and those in the C-suite.”
Beginning in spring 2018, MBA students also will have the option to specialize in one of three areas: finance, entrepreneurship or supply chain management.
Bennett says students tend to fall into two camps: they are either seeking advancement opportunities in their current career or they’re looking to make a switch to starting their own business and need that business acumen a MBA can provide.
Plus, a MBA is becoming a critical tool for anyone interested in pursuing management, Bennett says.
“A lot of companies in the area and around the U.S. are requiring a MBA to move up to upper-level management,” he says. “About 50 percent of people or more get their MBA to move to the next level of their career.”
Another advantage to choosing The Citadel to continue your education: access to alumni. The Citadel has produced many successful graduates over the years in a wide variety of fields. “We frequently host events so current student and alumni can network and build professional connections,” says Bennett.
Students pursing a MBA at The Citadel soon will also have access to a brand-new, state-of-the-art School of Business. Bastin Hall is the first entirely new academic building added to the campus since 1974. The $22 million facility is under construction and expected to be completed in spring 2019.
The facility was made possible by a $6 million donation from Rick Bastin and his wife, Mary Lee. Bastin is a member of the class of 1965, having earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Citadel. He went on to take over ownership of his family’s Mercedes-Benz dealership in Palm Beach, Florida.
The Citadel’s business program received another financial boost when Tommy and Victoria Baker made a significant contribution to The Citadel. Tommy Baker, who graduated from The Citadel with a business degree in 1972, is the founder of luxury car dealership Baker Motor Co. To honor their donation, The Citadel renamed the business program to the Tommy & Victoria Baker School of Business.
To learn more about The Citadel’s MBA program, visit online at Citadel.edu/mba.