Lake Superior State University Launches New Online MBA Program for Working Professionals

(Sault Ste. Marie, MI) – The Lukenda School of Business at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) proudly announces the launch of its Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, offering working professionals the opportunity to earn a graduate degree virtually in just two years. The first cohort of students will begin on August 26th, 2024.LSSU’s online MBA Program provides a flexible, supportive, and affordable learning environment, allowing working professionals to balance education with personal and professional responsibilities using a holistic approach. Students will work together, participating in simulations and group discussions. Students will also build professional connections through networking opportunities and comprehensive support services. 

“Pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can offer various benefits. Whether students are looking to take their career to the next level or considering a complete career change, LSSU’s Online MBA Program empowers you to prioritize a healthy work-life balance while building a better future,” said Dr. Ralf Wilhelms, MIBA, DBA, LSSU’s Professor of Strategic Management and International Business. 

The two-year program is completed by taking one course at a time in 8-week sessions. The sequential model enables students to immerse themselves fully in one course, enhancing their understanding of both informational content and applicable skills that are crucial for success in upper-level management positions. 

“We understand the unique challenges faced by working professionals seeking to advance their careers. Our program is designed to break barriers, offering a supportive and flexible learning environment that aligns with the diverse needs of our students,” added Dr. Wilhelms. 

“Faculty in the Lukenda School of Business have a strong record of teaching using applied learning and getting to know their students, both on campus and in virtual environments,” said Dr. Lynn Gillette, Interim President of LSSU. “Students in the MBA program will greatly benefit from this immersive experience, getting to know their fellow students and their professors.” 

This curriculum prepares students to navigate internal business challenges within organizations and tackle broader issues in local, regional, national, and international business settings. Additionally, the program incorporates a theme of project management, ending in a large-scale capstone business simulation project. Students will also have the opportunity to earn their project management certification from a leading globally-recognized firm. 

“I am excited for the launch of this MBA program,” said Tim Lukenda, chair of the LSSU Board of Trustees, and son of Lou and Mae Lukenda, for whom the Lukenda School of Business is named. “An MBA designation is highly valued by industry for those wanting to rise through the ranks in their chosen field and project management is an increasing area of focus in high demand by industry. In my former role as President and CEO of Extendicare Inc., we recognized the value of project managers and utilized their skills to facilitate the execution of our strategic priorities. It’s clear that the faculty in the Lukenda School of Business carefully considered technological and business advancements that have greatly affected how we do business.” 

LSSU provided the following key highlights of the program:

  • Flexibility at Your Fingertips: LSSU’s online MBA program incorporates an asynchronous course delivery model, allowing students the flexibility to manage their coursework at their convenience without compromising their professional commitments. This approach is intended to accommodate diverse schedules, providing the freedom to learn at their own pace.
  • Collaborative Learning Experience: Emphasizing a collaborative approach to education, the program encourages students to engage in group projects, simulations, and discussions. This collaborative learning experience aims to foster a sense of community among participants, enhancing the overall learning process through shared insights and perspectives.
  • Affordability: Recognizing the financial considerations of pursuing higher education, LSSU’s Online MBA program is structured to offer competitive and affordable tuition rates. This affordability initiative extends to both resident and nonresident students, aligning with the university’s commitment to making quality education accessible.

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