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Accessible online MBA creates opportunity

Accessible online MBA creates opportunity  

An MBA graduate receives his master’s hood from faculty at Commencement in June 2019

April 29, 2021 LA GRANDE, Ore. – The Master of Business Administration (MBA) online program at Eastern Oregon University was ranked No. 6 in Oregon. 

Best Value Schools named EOU’s MBA program sixth out of 12 comparative offerings in the state. In the past few years, the program has become more flexible and accessible to students. A once cohort-based program now offers rolling admissions, meaning students can apply and start at any time.  

“A few years ago we did an extensive overhaul and review of our MBA program and we changed the curriculum for the first time in about 20 years,” said program coordinator Laura Gow. “It’s very affordable, it’s very current.”  

Even prior to the pandemic, national trends showed that students were taking more and more classes online. EOU followed in that modality shift and saw an increase in enrollment by 27%. The fully accredited online program requires 45 credits and offers a faculty-student ratio of 1:17. Maintaining small class size has meant that sections have been added to core classes of the program since enrollment has increased.

Edward Henninger, Dean of the College of Business, said the college plans to add two more master’s degree programs in the next five years: a Master of Accounting and a Master of Healthcare, both of which will be offered online. 

“One of the things that EOU prides itself on is accessibility,” Henninger said. “We want to have something that is affordable, that is accessible and continuously improves.”

Learn more about the College of Business at eou.edu/college-of-business

By PR Intern Emily Andrews