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Dec. 7, 2011

Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Baker University launches Early Career MBA program

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission of Colleges and Schools to launch an Early Career Master of Business Administration (EcMBA) program. The university is accepting applications now for the inaugural class beginning in June 2012.ECMBA_Logo

An intensive full-time, 60-credit-hour program, the EcMBA is designed for recent graduates who have three years or less business experience. During the 15-month program based at the Baldwin City campus, students will develop the skills of successful managers.

“The Baker Early Career Master of Business Administration program is unique to the Kansas City area and tailor-made to serve students who are academically strong and who are highly motivated to be successful in a business career but who do not have the business experience required to take full advantage of traditional MBA programs,” said Kevin McCarthy, professor in the Department of Business and Economics. “The curriculum is geared toward accelerating careers with the knowledge and skill required to compete and win.”

The program’s design provides a strong foundation across the traditional business disciplines of marketing and operations management, accounting, financial management, human resources, quantitative methods and business law. Students build upon that foundation with additional coursework, case studies, projects and experiential opportunities.

The EcMBA offers innovative experiential components specifically designed for strong students with limited business exposure. Management residencies with area businesses provide project experience in real-world situations. An international experience is built into the study of business models. Frequent interaction with business executives drawn from a range of industries and backgrounds will also focus student attention on manager’s roles, decision making and behaviors.

“Students will be engaged in business activities of the host organization to enhance their understanding of the culture and dynamics of the workplace,” McCarthy said. “During the students’ residencies, faculty will serve as mentors working to improve the students’ understanding of the work requirements, work environment and the critical success factors. Academic rigor and practical hands-on experience give Baker EcMBA graduates the knowledge, skill and experience required to enter the business world as effective managers.”

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from any accredited college or university will be considered for admission. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.5 or better
  • A Graduate Management Admission Test score of at least 600 (or equivalent Graduate Record Examinations)
  • Successful completion of at least one course in accounting, economics, marketing, and statistics at an accredited college or university
  • A passport valid for the period of the program
  • Demonstrated commitment to investing significant time, attention and energy to career success

For more information on the program, go to or call 800-873-4282.

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