SOUTH CHARLESTON –- The Marshall University Lewis College of Business is looking for professionals interested in earning an accredited Executive MBA. The next cohort will begin formal classes this summer.

There will be an informational session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 16, on the Marshall University South Charleston campus, 100 Angus E. Peyton Dr., South Charleston. Professors and administrators will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, curriculum, financial aid and offerings unique to the Marshall program.

The Marshall University Executive MBA is an accelerated program focusing on the needs of working professionals so they can earn an internationally accredited MBA without great disruption to work and family schedules. The program is comprised of 12 face-to-face, cutting-edge courses taught over a 16-month time frame. It follows a cohort format (students move through the program as a team in a set sequence) and meets on Saturdays at the Marshall University South Charleston campus to provide little disruption to students' careers.

Diverse classes focus on business ethics, leadership and global issues that, along with management skills and tools, are crafted to enrich the career accomplishments of students with or without business backgrounds. The program also includes a domestic business trip as well as an international residency abroad.

Dr. Gayle L. Ormiston, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, encourages interested professionals to consider current economic challenges when deciding to pursue advanced degrees.

"In today's economy, America's corporate culture is re-thinking how to plan and how to conduct business ethically and efficiently," Ormiston said. "Despite the current economic obstacles facing us all, we must consider the business challenges of the time as a critical moment of opportunity for educational enrichment, personal growth, and the chance to diversify our professional skill sets."

For more information, call 304-696-2627 or go to http://www.marshall.edu/lcob/graduate/emba/.

The current Executive MBA cohort is finishing its capstone course and will be hooded in a ceremony in Charleston on May 14 after completing an international residency in Frankfurt, Germany, and Budapest, Hungary.

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