MUW Renames Three Degrees

COLUMBUS, Miss. (Press Release) – The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning has approved the renaming of three degrees at Mississippi University for Women.

“We expect the name changes for the three degrees to clarify our degree offerings and to be more appealing to prospective students,” said Dr. Thomas Richardson, provost and vice president for academic affairs at The W. “We expect to see all three programs grow as a result of these changes, and we appreciate the support of the IHL Board in renaming these programs.”

The renamed degrees are the bachelor of applied science in business administration, bachelor of arts in theatre and master of business administration.

Formerly a bachelor of technology, the new B.A.S. degree continues the concentrations in culinary arts, general business, health care management, human resource management, legal administration and management information systems. Students who have earned an associate of applied science degree can transfer up to 43 hours of technical credit toward a bachelor’s degree and still will have the ability to transfer to The W.

“With the changed degree name, our institution now offers a degree with higher name recognition and one that strongly indicates our appreciation of the applied skills these students have learned at their community college,” said Dr. Scott Tollison, dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies. “By renaming the major to business administration, we more directly relate one of the program’s primary objectives to provide a strong foundation in traditional business skills.”

Prior to becoming an MBA, the master of science in Global Commerce program held all the traditional elements of an MBA program such as financial management, marketing management, business law, project management and a capstone strategy course. The W faculty created two additional courses that align with all the high principles of MBA programs across the nation and world.

The bachelor of arts in theatre, formerly a bachelor of arts in fine arts, will bring students greater success in the job market by allowing students to graduate from a thorough, distinct and unique theater program rather than just one arm of an overall fine and performing arts curriculum.

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