December 09, 2009

College accepting applications for online programs

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- With 15 students now well on their way to earning their MBA exclusively online, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s College of Business is now accepting applications for the 2010 online MBA and Master of Accountancy programs.

The inaugural class for the online master of business administration program kicked off this fall. Plans call for the second class to begin in August 2010, along with the first class for the master of accountancy degree program.

“Our online master’s programs offer a unique opportunity for working professionals to advance their education without sacrificing their careers. We look forward to the future growth and development of this already successful program,” said J. Dennis Cradit, dean of the College of Business.

People can complete the business administration and accountancy master’s programs solely on the Internet in two years, making them ideal for professionals who want to obtain the advanced degree without putting their careers on hold. Both are two-year programs with coursework including videos, audio lectures and other online presentations and materials. Most courses are eight weeks long and are divided into weeklong learning modules.

For admission consideration to either program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The exam requirement may be waived for applicants with more than five years of professional work experience. The early decision deadline for applicants is March 15, 2010, and final applications are due May 15.

To find out more about the College of Business’ online master of accountancy or MBA programs, look online at, e-mail or contact Meredith Rhoads, chief marketing officer, at 618/453-7978.