TAMPA, Fla., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Linda Koch is enrolled in her fourth Master of Business Administration course, but her Hawaii home is far removed from Regis University's prestigious 120-year-old Denver, Colorado, campus. The same is true of Michael Reiners, a fellow Regis student across the Pacific in Japan, and Mark Summers, yet another classmate in Germany. But geography is no problem for Linda, Michael and Mark, who unite in Regis University's online classroom. Worldwide, more than 1,200 students representing 10 percent of Regis University's student body are enrolled in its regionally accredited online External MBA (EMBA) program, made available by the University Alliance (www.universityalliance.com/pr ) in Tampa, Florida. Among distance education programs, Regis University's EMBA is the largest of its kind in the nation, producing 84 graduates since its January 1997 inception. The 10, eight-week, three-credit-hour courses mirror those taught at the University's land-based campus and can be completed in less than two years. No classroom attendance is required, as interaction between students and professors takes place via multimedia and Internet technologies. For Linda Koch, earning an MBA could dramatically change her life. With a husband, three children under six and another on the way, she makes a daily three-hour round-trip commute to her job as a sanitary chemist for the City of Honolulu. Koch's true passion, however, is the family's two-acre aquaculture farm in the quaint town of Waialua. "Aquaculture has a very bad reputation in that many entrepreneurs start out with good intentions, but fail on the business end," she said. "I want to succeed and make the farm very profitable. I believe I can do that with the knowledge gained in my Regis MBA program." As a supply department head for the US Navy, 30-year-old Michael Reiners is responsible for buying the food to feed soldiers and sailors stationed in Yokohama, Japan. His upward mobility is directly dependent on his level of education, so earning an MBA is a necessity. "I'm especially impressed with the level of instruction," remarked Reiners of Regis' EMBA faculty, which includes award-winning professionals and Fulbright Scholars. "This is a real MBA we are working towards." Another bonus is the flexibility of Regis' distance learning program, which allows Reiners to maximize his study time. "I listen to tapes during my workout, watch videos at lunch, and type up my homework on the train," he explained. "I go online during breaks at the office, and spend time reading at night." In Munich, Mark Summers discovered even the virtual world can be a small one. "I found out one of my classmates was born in the same hospital in Hagerstown, Maryland," he said. Summers has lived abroad for 30 years working as a consultant and CPA, but at age 58, it's been 40 years since his undergraduate courses. "Theory and content were much different then," he said. So is the need to be in a land-based classroom, something the Regis EMBA doesn't require. "During at least two courses, I found myself partly in the USA and partly in Germany," Summers said. "For that I was glad to have a global Internet provider!" In addition to Regis University's EMBA program, the University Alliance also makes available regionally accredited undergraduate distance learning degree programs from Florida's Saint Leo College. MBA and BA courses begin every eight weeks. For more information visit www.universityalliance.com/pr or call 1-888-622-7344. Media request extension 384.
SOURCE University Alliance