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BSU Online MBA Program!

Feb 24, 2014

Bemidji State University has launched its master of business administration (MBA) program, to be completed entirely online.

Dr. Sanjeev Phukan, professor of business administration will direct Bemidji State’s MBA program.

“This program builds on the success of our existing online bachelor’s degree in business, which has been enormously successful,” Phukan said. “We’ve had lots of anecdotal evidence from our graduates that suggested they would be delighted to continue on if BSU had an MBA program to offer them.”

The MBA is the most-common graduate degree in the United States, held by 38 percent of top chief executive officers in Fortune 500 companies, and the number of MBAs granted annually continues to grow. By the late 1990s, MBAs accounted for nearly 25 percent of all master’s degrees granted by American colleges and universities. Additionally, interest in American MBAs from international students is steadily increasing as well.

The program’s goal will be to enroll between 25-35 students at the outset in a cohort-based system that keeps groups of students together in the same courses through the entire program.

“This is a solid program,” Phukan said. “It’s affordable, and I think with the cohort-based system we plan to have, we will have a lot of support for the students who choose to enroll in our program.”

Phukan said the advantages BSU currently gives students in its on campus and online programs will translate to the new program, making it an attractive option for persons seeking to continue their education with an MBA.

“All of the positive attributes that exist in our other programs will filter over to the MBA program,” he said. “The intimacy and personal attention that we provide in both our on-campus and online offerings, and the excellent faculty that we have and will recruit to teach in the program will exist in this program as well.

“Our Center for Extended Learning unit is strong, and I think that is a huge strength we have that many places do not have,” Phukan said. “We jumped into offering our complete degrees online at an earlier time than many other institutions have, and that’s allowed us to build some real strengths in the way we run our online programs.

“The folks that run CEL over here are excellent, and the program has great support from administration, from the deans all the way up to the president. There is support for this program from the top down, and this will contribute to its success.”

Contact Dr. Sanjeev Phukan, professor of business administration, MBA program director, (218) 755-2756


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