MBA program continues expansion
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
By Alison Roberts
Christian University’s undergraduate enrollment has risen yearly for
the past four years, and the school’s Masters of Business
Administration recently celebrated record growth.
Enrollment in the fall 2006 semester was 192 students. Fall 2007 saw an
increase of 36 students to a total enrollment of 228, according to Ken
Johnson, the director of graduate business studies.
“The growth of our program is based upon two things,” Johnson
said. “First, we maintain high quality curriculum and instruction, and
second, we provide a valuable one-year degree.”
Since 2000, Oklahoma Christian has offered the typically two-year
degree at an accelerated pace. Students attend classes on Mondays and
Thursdays and commit to 42 weeks of class time, completing the program
in one year.
“Ninety-five percent of our students have full time jobs. We want them
to get their degree and still have time to fulfill their other
responsibilities,” Johnson said.
Due to the already strained lifestyles of students, the graduate
administration has committed itself to providing the highest service to
students so their only job is to be students.
To familiarize himself with the mind of his students, Johnson
established an MBA alumni council and a current student council. Of the
alumni, he seeks to find how the program helped them and what could
have been better. Current students are asked to honestly comment on
their experiences inside the classroom.
Johnson also surveyed marketing students to analyze what influenced
their decision to attend Oklahoma Christian. He found that students
first hear about the program through an Internet search or one of many
billboards placed across Oklahoma City.
To make their decision, students are using research from the Web
site or advice from previous graduates. Student satisfaction, according
to Johnson, is the most influential factor in the rapid growth of the
“Our high quality and high service create high value,” Johnson
said. “Students feel positive about their experience and are telling
Corlie Agnew, Coordinator of Alumni Relations, is currently
enrolled in the Oklahoma Christian MBA program because of the good
things she heard from others.
“The MBA program at OC is a high-paced program that, unlike a lot
of MBA programs, allows you to graduate in one year,” Agnew said. “The
professors want you to succeed and offer their help, leadership and
advice to every single student. I would recommend this program to
anyone who is interested in learning under experienced professionals
who care about your overall success.”
In the coming years, administrators project that the 1000th Oklahoma Christian MBA student will graduate in 2010.
“It took us seven years to 500 graduates,” Johnson said. “Now we only need three years to reach our 1000th.”
With continued growth in the future, administrators are making plans to give the MBA students their own space.
Within the next year to year-and-a-half, Johnson hopes to move into the renovated Enterprise Square building.
“Right now in the business building, we are at full capacity. Moving will give us more room to expand,” Johnson said.
Johnson hopes the positive word-of-mouth and new facilities will
help make the Oklahoma Christian MBA the “premier school of choice in