TAMPA, Fla., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- For most of the 25 graduate
candidates enrolled in their final course of Regis University's External MBA
program, the road to an accredited Master's degree began nearly two years ago.
Today, ten courses and 30 credit hours later, this elite group of individuals
has reached an educational milestone -- without ever meeting each other face
to face in a university classroom.
Initiated in January 1997, Regis University's online MBA program is
available through the University Alliance (www.universityalliance.com/pr) in
Tampa, Florida. With 1,200 students enrolled, and 84 total graduates, it is
the nation's largest online MBA program and can be completed in less than two
years. Students interact with professors via multimedia and Internet
technologies, with no classroom attendance required. The courses are
challenging, but graduates find the convenience and flexibility unmatched.
"The fact that one does not have to physically attend class is a great
help," said Gregory Geiger, division manager for John Deere in Reno, Nevada.
"I've been transferred eight times in 17 years. It would have been nearly
impossible for me to complete a traditional MBA program."
The situation was similar for Kevin Mulligan, assistant controller for
Ciba Specialty Chemical in High Point, North Carolina. He tried a traditional
land-based program, but when it quickly interfered with family life, he found
a better solution online. "I like the flexibility, especially when I'm on the
road," he explained. Regis University's regional accreditation and 120-year-
old reputation were also a plus. "Why make the financial investment if the
program has no seal of approval?" he said.
Reputation and regional accreditation were also important factors for Joe
Scott, who learned about Regis' online MBA in The New York Times. A safety
standards engineer for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in
Washington, DC, Scott knows his employer is looking for individuals with
business acumen. "This program is tailored to meet their needs and my career
aspirations," he said. The program's flexibility also meant Scott could watch
videotapes in the family van while his wife drove the carpool to work.
Maximizing time is Anne Cremarosa's specialty. Injured on the job, she
used her disability leave advantageously, doubling up on classes to complete
the Regis external MBA in about eight months, nearly a year ahead of schedule.
"I really liked that I could revisit the lectures and listen to any part I
missed," she said. "Plus, I was able to study in our motorhome." Cremarosa
hopes to parlay her knowledge into a teaching position at a California junior
Regis University's External MBA program, as well as regionally accredited
online Bachelor's degree programs from Florida's Saint Leo College, are made
available through the University Alliance (www.universityalliance.com/pr).
Classes begin every eight weeks. For more information visit the website or
call 1-888-622-7344. Media, request extension 384.
SOURCE University Alliance