Starting this fall, Anderson and Purdue universities will jointly offer students the chance to earn two master's degrees at the same time. The degree program will allow students to earn, in a concurrent manner, a master of business administration from the Anderson University Falls School of Business and a master of science in technology from Purdue's College of Technology.
Courses in the 56-hour program will be offered in the evenings at the Flagship Enterprise Center in Anderson. Students will progress through the program as a cohort group and will be able to finish the program in only 34 months.
Jeffrey Buck, director of MBA programs at Anderson University, said the format of the program is designed for working professionals, “using a schedule structure that is manageable for these individuals, while at the same time maintaining the highest quality standards possible.”
“First and foremost, this program is intent on providing a quality education experience that is delivered in an obtainable fashion. These are two degrees that are in-demand and through this arrangement individuals can earn both degrees with a substantial cost and time savings,” said Buck. “Our changing economy is dictating an increased need for individuals with graduate level education in both disciplines.”
The program will be offered one night a week from about 6-10:30 p.m. During that evening, two courses will be offered — one in technology and one in business.
“The prescribed curriculum and course sequencing are important features of the program,” says Buck. “Individuals in the program will be taking business courses and technology courses at the same time. This contributes to making the program one that is truly integrated and not just two separate programs.”
Faculty from Purdue's College of Technology in both West Lafayette and Anderson will teach courses in the technology curriculum, and faculty from the Anderson University Falls School of Business will teach the business courses.
The program does not require a thesis, but students will be required to complete a capstone project.
The degree is coordinated as a collaborative effort between the Anderson University Falls School of Business and Purdue's Center for Professional Studies in Technology and Applied Research. The Purdue center was created earlier this year to coordinate and implement professional programs available through the College of Technology.
Those interested in the program should contact the Falls School of Business at Anderson University at 765-641-4362 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Students will be required to apply to both Anderson and Purdue universities. Applicants are strongly advised to apply before June 1, but applications will be accepted after that date.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.