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Saint Leo University Offers Accelerated MBA

Saint Leo CollegeWhile many MBA programs aretargeted towards professionals looking to make the next step in their career, the Masters of Business Administration is becoming increasingly necessary simply to land a first job in the competitive business world.

As a result, Saint Leo University will begin offering a one-year International and Experiential MBA program this September, targeted for young students with bachelor’s degrees in business administration seeking a career in the corporate sector. The program is based out of Tampa, Fla.

“At many companies, entry-level positions require the MBA degree. You need the internship piece and international exposure,” said Dr. Lorrie McGovern, director of the MBA program at Saint Leo's Donald R. Tapia School of Business. “This is what the students need in order to succeed.”

The accelerated program is tailored to full-time students seeking to expedite their careers, rather than working part-time and studying part-time. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students will take daytime classes on economics, finance, accounting, human resources, organizational behavior, information systems and management, marketing and global business management., while Mondays and Fridays will be spent as students work at internship sites for academic credit. Wednesdays will be devoted for trips to local businesses or hosting guest speakers. Throughout the year, students will complete 42 academic credit hours.

In the summer of 2013, the  coursework will culminate in a weeklong study trip to Rio, Brazil, and surrounding areas where students will apply their coursework in international business.

Coupled with Saint Leo's general MBA program targeted towards already working business professionals, the university hopes that this accelerated program will accommodate all candidates seeking further business education.

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