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Proposed master's in management broader, better than MBA, some say

Following the unanimous approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents last week, Austin Peays proposed Master of Science in Management lacks only the approval of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission next month to become fully operational for Fall 2004.

Unlike the typical Master of Business Administration (MBA), University officials expect the new masters degree to have wider appeal since it is not confined to business. Anyone with a bachelors degree in any discipline can enroll, if he/she meets other prerequisites, such as GPA.
Following the unanimous approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents last week, Austin Peay's proposed Master of Science in Management lacks only the approval of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission next month to become fully operational for Fall 2004.

Unlike the typical Master of Business Administration (MBA), University officials expect the new master's degree to have wider appeal since it is not confined to business. Anyone with a bachelor's degree in any discipline can enroll, if he/she meets other prerequisites, such as GPA.

Dr, Sherry Hoppe, president, says, “Austin Peay's Master of Science in Management will help graduates working in any field learn how to analyze changing situations, strategize on how to best approach those changes and become a problem-solver.
“Whatever their work, today's leaders must have a fundamental understanding of many facets of management, from organizational dynamics to evolving communication vehicles.”

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville offers an M.S. in Management, but it requires a mathematics background and its goal is to develop math skills and apply them to finance, etc. APSU's Master of Science in Management will be broader in appeal and in application of leadership principles.

The new degree, if approved by THEC, will be offered in a Friday/Saturday format, every other weekend, so people who work a “normal” workday can attend classes. Terms will last eight weeks only, not the usual 16.

Most significant, however, is that leadership courses will be required within APSU's program, reflecting the growing belief that the ability to lead people is critical for success in any business.
—Dennie Burke