Georgia Southwestern to be Exclusive University System of Georgia Institution to Offer BBA through eMajor

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Georgia Southwestern State University is the exclusive University System of Georgia school to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration through the eMajor program beginning Spring 2017. eMajor provides quality, affordable, high-demand post-secondary degrees and credentials that address the workplace needs of Georgia and beyond.

Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) has just been approved as the exclusive University System of Georgia (USG) school to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration through the eMajor program beginning Spring 2017.

A partnership with USG public institutions, eMajor provides quality, affordable, high-demand post-secondary degrees and credentials that address the workplace needs of Georgia and beyond. The eMajor program is supported by the USG’s eCampus service unit, which also supports the state’s eCore program. Most eMajor degrees are offered in collaboration between multiple USG institutions. The BBA eMajor at Georgia Southwestern, however, is one of only two programs to be offered exclusively from one school.

“We are pleased and excited to have been selected as the USG institution to provide the eMajor for the Bachelor of Business Administration,” said Liz Wilson, Ph.D., School of Business Administration dean. “GSW is uniquely placed to offer the accounting, human resource management, management and marketing degrees as we have been offering online business degrees for longer than most schools in the USG and are AACSB accredited.”

The BBA degree program is ideal for students who wish to take advantage of online courses and for working professionals, military members, transfer students and returning students seeking alternative routes to degree completion. Additionally, through GSW’s Prior Learning Assessment program, students are able to earn credits for prior learning and reduce the time it takes them to graduate. Ultimately, students can earn the same degree in management, marketing, accounting or human resource management as traditional, on-campus students

“Being the designated provider of the BBA degree through the eCampus initiative speaks to Georgia Southwestern State University’s longstanding commitment to providing flexibility, affordability and quality, which have all been longstanding hallmarks of our business degree programs,” said Charles Patterson, Ph.D., GSW Interim President.

"eCampus is very fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with GSW and the School of Business Administration” said Jason Huett, Ph.D., associate dean of USG eCampus. “This partnership will expand the reach of their AACSB accredited business programs to many more learners in Georgia and beyond. Working with the GSW faculty, staff, and leadership, it was obvious that they are student-focused, have high-quality BBA programs, and possess a keen understanding of traditional and nontraditional student audiences. Combine that with their years of experience designing, developing, and teaching these programs online, and you have enormous potential to meet students where they are and to help advance a broad range of career goals.”

As a leader in distance learning instruction, all GSW School of Business faculty have experience teaching online classes. Moreover, nearly all GSW online courses are taught by permanent faculty.

“Our students will find a price point for the degree that is amazingly attractive for an AACSB accredited program and will be excited to have professors who are part of the GSW faculty family teaching them,” said Wilson. “Over 90% of our online courses are taught by full-time GSW faculty.”

This is GSW’s second eMajor. Through a collaboration with Dalton State College in 2015, GSW also offers a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. The USG eMajor initiative launched in Fall 2012. eMajor programs exist to provide high quality online undergraduate degrees to Georgia learners.

The new BBA through eMajor is set to launch at GSW in the Spring of 2017. Additional information regarding the University System of Georgia’s eMajor program can be found at emajor.usg.edu. For information regarding online offerings in the School of Business at GSW, please visit https://gsw.edu/SOBA/ExternalPrograms, or contact Shannon Perry at Shannon.perry(at)gsw(dot)edu or 478-304-1491. For additional information about eMajor, visit https://emajor.usg.edu.

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Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, GA, is a public, four-year University of the University System of Georgia with nearly 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers professional programs of study and degrees in the arts, education, humanities, nursing, sciences, and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value small colleges in the nation. Visit http://www.gsw.edu for more information.

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