University of Alaska Southeast Cuts MBA Program

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by Angela Krenzien

The University of Alaska Southeast will no longer offer a master's degree in business administration.

John Blanchard, interim dean at the UAS School of Management, says that the program has seen a decline in enrollment and it no longer has the critical mass necessary to continue. Twenty-five students are needed in order for the program to run efficiently, but only seven are currently enrolled. Even with the admission of some prospective students, the numbers still are not enough.

The program was done entirely by distance learning and served mostly working professionals. Both UA schools in Anchorage and Fairbanks offer traditional, on campus MBA programs and have been expanding their online presence. Blanchard says they will likely be able to fill the gap left by UAS.

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