Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

MU execMBA welcomes twenty professionals for inaugural class this week

The Trulaske College of Business will welcome this week the twenty professionals selected to comprise the new execMBA program's inaugural class. The innovative program, announced in 2011, is designed for busy professionals seeking a first-rate MBA program that provides flexibility around their work schedules, develops the skill-set to match today's marketplace, and connects them on-campus to an intimate group of peers. The hybrid format capitalizes on the strengths of the full-time Crosby MBA program's curriculum while offering the flexibility of online coursework.

The twenty students were selected from a group of highly competitive applicants in industries as diverse as healthcare and engineering. The program requires students bring a minimum of five years professional experience along with a desire for personal and career growth. Due to the flexibility of the program, students will remain in their current positions, completing online coursework and occasional on-campus visits for credit as well as an international residency.

"The flexibility of the execMBA program will allow me to remain focused on my career while securing my future with advanced education," said Katie Thiel Holley, Senior Director of Sales for the Kellogg's Walmart Team. "It is my goal to utilize the educational knowledge to drive sustainable growth for both Kellogg's and my customers. Completing my MBA will enable personal and professional success as I continue my journey towards leadership."

"Graduating with a degree in Biology and working for Grifols Bioscience I know I have a lot to learn about the different facets of business. After learning about Mizzou's structure and curriculum I knew I could start learning and applying the coursework in real time," said David Moss, Account Executive for Grifols USA Bioscience. "The program will allow me to develop my skills and abilities professionally, as well as personally within my community and family."

The foundation of the new program is based on the full-time Crosby MBA program, currently ranked #27 among public schools by US News & World Report. The traditional program boasts a long track record of success with 85% of students employed at graduation, according to the same report.

The execMBA courses will be led by the top-ranked professors who instruct the Crosby MBA program with backgrounds in fields as wide-ranging as banking, finance, marketing, strategy, and analytics. Relevant courses are drawn from real world research and based on a teaching model that weds online learning, face-to-face instruction, small class size, out-of-class learning, guest speakers, peer projects, and an international residency in Santiago, Chile.

"We've given thoughtful consideration to how we can bring our nationally recognized programs to the working professional," said Joan Gabel, Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. Dean, "Our execMBA is an innovative, flexible option that connects top faculty, current topics and a tremendous peer group for those students who want to continue their careers while earning an advanced business degree."