OGDEN, Utah – Faculty, administrators and alumni of Weber State University’s Master’s of Business Administration program are celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.
The MBA program, housed at Weber State University Davis in Layton, has undergone tremendous growth and change in the five years since WSU first offered the degree.
Starting in 2000 with 42 students enrolled, today the program has conferred 182 degrees and continues to show steady growth.
“Our MBA program was designed to provide a rigorous curriculum for our students, while meeting their needs for flexibility and access,” said MBA program director and professor Brian Davis, who has been with the program since its inception.
In 2003, during its third year, MBA classes moved from the university’s old Gordon Avenue facility to the new state-of-the art classrooms at WSU Davis, enhancing students’ learning experiences by offering classes in a true multi-media environment. The new facility also offers a dedicated MBA computer lab, conference room and faculty offices.
The program attracts a cross-section of students from all along the Wasatch Front, ranging from established professionals interested in enhancing their skills, to young workers hoping to gain an edge on the competition by earning a post-graduate degree.
Local businesses have also embraced the program.
“We have several companies in the region that assist their employees with the cost of earning their MBA degree,” Davis said. “Employers view it as a worthwhile investment in their most important resource.”
Looking to the future, Davis hopes the program will find new ways to link classroom learning to best practices in industry while continuing to provide students with a customized, personal approach to learning.
The Utah Board of Regents first approved the WSU MBA program in 2000.
To celebrate the milestone anniversary, WSU's John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics will hold a gala on Oct. 28 for faculty and alumni to gather and reflect on all that has been accomplished in such a short time.
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