Mar 3, 2014 1:59 PM by AP
RUSTON, La. (AP) - Louisiana Tech University's College of Business has developed and is accepting applications for its new online master of business administration degree program, which will begin in the fall.
James Lumpkin, dean of the College of Business, says the online program is identical to Tech's existing MBA program. He said the classes have the same content, rigor and quality as the on-campus courses and the program is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.
Like the traditional MBA, Tim Bisping, associate dean of graduate programs in the College of Business, tells The News-Star the degree could be completed in one year if a student wants to go full time.
He said for those who don't have a bachelor's degree in business, there is a fast-track program that could be done in 15 months. The student would have to complete four pass/fail self-paced classes.
Bisping said the goal in offering a totally online MBA is to reach a wider audience.
"We are simply meeting the demand. We have been working on this for a few years," Bisping said.
He said the new program is designed for students who live out of the region or cannot come to Ruston for the on-campus program.
"This 100 percent online program is ideal for military personnel on TDY (temporary duty) assignments or those with changes in duty stations," said Monte Parker, director of Tech's Barksdale programs in Bossier City.