Bachelor’s in Business Administration Information Session
Sarah Frost: So thank you again for joining us. Again, My name is Sarah Frost and you are a part of our Maryville online, bachelor’s in business administration information session. I just wanted to go over a few quick housekeeping items before we begin. On today’s session you are in listen only mode. If you’d like to ask questions please type them into the Q&A box at any time. We will address questions after the webinar is complete. We will go ahead and send you a link of the recording after the webinar via email within 24 to 48 hours. Please feel free to utilize the resource list on the left side of your screen after the webinar. We have links to both our online application to also schedule an appointment with an enrollment advisor as well as our application checklist. Moving on, I just wanted to go over our agenda for today.
Sarah Frost: Again, thank you for registering for our information session. A quick overview of what we’ll be covering today includes the history of Maryville University. Our university’s accreditation and recognition, our online experience and highlights, admission requirements, business administration, program overview as well as insights into our early access program. As well as the application process. I’d like to again reintroduce myself. My Name is Sarah Frost. I’m a marketing manager here and I do have Michael. I’d like to introduce one more member of our team today and I will go ahead and pass it over to Jeanie.
Jeannie DeLuca: Hi, everybody. Thank you for joining us. My name is Jeannie DeLuca. I’m the director of admissions and advising for online programs at Maryville University. I have been at Maryville, it will be 22 years come August 1st, which is really hard to believe. I’ve worked at two other universities previously and four was my limit, so that says something about Maryville that I’ve been here 22 years. I’ve worked in the traditional admissions world, I’ve worked with transfer students, and I’ve worked in our school of business for several years now as a director of admissions and also I’ve been an advisor for business administration students in the past. I look forward to talking with you in a little bit.
Sarah Frost: Excellent. Thank you so much Jeannie. I will go ahead and turn it over to Michael for a little bit more about Maryville University.
Michael: Hello and good afternoon everyone. My name is Michael [inaudible 00:02:37], I’m one of the enrollment representatives here with Maryville. I do work in the business administration programs and work with students just like yourself. Today we’re here to talk about the program and the history as well as some of the online opportunities. I want you all to know that Maryville University was established in 1872. Maryville happens to be one of the oldest private non for profit institutions in the Midwest, currently ranked as one of the top private schools by US News and World Report. We’re actually distinguished as one of the … in the top 15% of all national universities. Maryville’s been rated for its digital interface and online technology as an Apple distinguished school for the last two years, and ranked among America’s top colleges by Forbes in 2017.
Michael: Maryville university holds a regional accreditation. We’re accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to that, the business degree programs here at Maryville also hold a programmatic accreditation, through the accreditation council for business schools and programs. We maintain numerous corporate partnerships amongst St. Louis and across the United States, with enrollments currently over … somewhere between six and 8,000 students on campus and a 1,000 or more students online. Maryville holds over 90 plus undergraduate degree programs along with masters and doctorate level programs. The diverse student population here at Maryville ranges across all of the United States and a fair amount of international students on campus and abroad.
Michael: Maryville’s John E. Simon School of Business is, as we discussed, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and also regionally accredited. Maryville is also a military friendly school, as considered across most US veterans, we are maintained as a Yellow Ribbon program and a ranks amongst some of the best private values private colleges by Kiplinger in 2018.
Michael: Alright, so I’m here with Maryville you have access to 100% online degree options. The program is 100 percent online and holds no residency requirements, so students do not need to access the campus for any reasons unless they find themselves in the St. Louis area. They do have full access to the campus as a student here at Maryville. Maryville’s admissions processes and policies do not require any SAT or ACT entrance exams for admittance into the programs. About 90% of our students utilize and take advantage of financial aid, and financial aid options are available for those students who qualify. Maryville holds three start dates per year, fall, spring, or summer. Currently we’re accepting applications for the August 27th fall term and students are eligible to receive transfer credits from regionally accredited programs. Students who are coming in as sophomore level, junior level type students can consider and work with our evaluations team to have their previous college transcripts evaluated prior to admittance. Today for students applying in the fall of 2018, there is no current application fee for our applying students.
Sarah Frost: Excellent. That’s really great to hear, Michael. I’m actually going to continue with Michael for just a little bit more to give you some current [inaudible 00:06:16] information from business administration standpoint and then we will turn it back over to Jeannie. Take it away, Michael.
Michael: For those students really kind of looking for degree opportunities and degree options within the business field, one of the nice things about Maryville’s business degree programs is that it offers a lot of diverse study. It definitely offers a curriculum that extends … that spreads across a broad course of study considering options in marketing, finance, accounting, business operations, human resources. It really gives you a really broad course of study here at Maryville. What’s great is that the career outlook for this particular field looks very promising. The Bureau of Labor Statistics presents over 100 … 770,000 jobs will be created in business and financial operations from 2016 to 2026. Average salaries based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics for professionals working in the business and financial operations were about $66,530 in 2016. Specialists can pursue even a higher average earnings, including operations research analyst, which were around the $79,000 a year range, and healthcare managers that ranged anywhere between $96,540.
Michael: As we overview this program, this business degree program is probably about a total of 120 total credit hours, and when we discuss more about the curriculum I think that’s where I’ll turn it over to Jeannie for more of an in depth dive into our business administration program.
Sarah Frost: Excellent. Thank you.
Jeannie DeLuca: Thank you. Thanks. I’m happy to take over and talk about the program. As you can see here, the business program offers a broad course of study to prepare students for careers in both for profit and nonprofit organizations. Throughout our program, I would say you can expect a very student centered, rigorous, and also market relevant education. We have an advisory board made up of business and professional leaders in the St Louis area and beyond who continually review our curriculum to keep pace with the needs of employers. Whenever we decide to make a change to our curriculum, we don’t just randomly decide to make a change, we first go to this advisory board and ask if this makes sense, and we ask what the needs are. Are there any needs that you all are seeing that graduates and employers are coming to you and they’re missing something, so as a result, we may add a class and we may take a different class away that’s not as relevant.
Jeannie DeLuca: Everything is very intentional. Michael talked a lot about the accreditation, ACBSP. The one thing I want to talk about is the business administration program is probably one of our more flexible programs. I think it’s very transfer friendly and also expedient. Besides the business core courses, which I’ll talk about in a little, the major itself really only has one required course and that’s an international business course. The rest of the time you get to choose electives in areas that interest you, whether it be marketing electives, or management, or accounting, or information systems, or so on. Because there aren’t specific required courses like there are in some of our business programs, you’re never really at the mercy of the schedule, which is nice. With our accounting program it’s pretty specific of what students have to take in that particular major and they have to take the course when it’s offered.
Jeannie DeLuca: Sometimes if you have to stop out for a time, you may have missed that particular course and that may delay your schedule a little bit. With this particular major you’re not, as I said, you’re not at the mercy of the schedule. It’s also a major that you can transfer into easily from other business programs or if you have previous transfer credit. For example, let’s say that you start out in an accounting major either with us or somewhere else, but you decide maybe you don’t want to pursue a full accounting program. Whatever the Italian coursework that you might have had or may have taken, that is going to count towards your Business Administration degree. Basically anything in the areas of business will count towards your major coursework, which is nice.
Jeannie DeLuca: One nice thing that students seem to appreciate is we don’t require calculus. I know that would make me pick a program because I have math phobia. We do require college algebra and statistics, but not calculus. As I said, it is an expedient program, so it does offer some flexibility as far as with your transfer credits, previous credits, or even credits that you’re going to be choosing at Maryville.
Jeannie DeLuca: What you see now is our business core courses. So whether you’re a business administration major or a financial services major, everyone takes this group of courses. You won’t just learn theory but the curriculum combines theory with real world case studies and practical learning. You can see that you get a little bit of everything. You get economics, you get some accounting, you get management, marketing, you get exposed to all of the areas.
Jeannie DeLuca: I’ve advised many students in this program over the years and the feedback has been that students who are working consistently use what they learn in the classroom and in their professions daily. I’ve had students say that they’ve, you know, when they take their principles of finance course the next day at work something happened and it was very relevant or like, “Oh my gosh, what we were discussing in that class actually came up at work today.”
Jeannie DeLuca: Through the business core courses, as I said, you study the functional areas of business such as marketing, economics, finance, operations, but it also gives you exposure to the different areas within business. You might decide after taking the principles of marketing course, but that’s where you really want to focus and you want to take marketing electives for your major towards the business administration major. You might find out that marketing isn’t for you and that one course was pretty much enough and you don’t want to take any other marketing courses.
Jeannie DeLuca: It’s nice that you really kind of get to test the waters of all of the areas. Besides the business core courses, and the one international business course that I said was required, your major courses have to have at least two areas of business represented. You can choose more than two, but you had, you couldn’t do all of your major courses, for example, in management. The idea is that you get a very broad spectrum of when you’ve finished that you have more than just one area of concentration. You can do accounting courses, marketing, economics, finance, information systems, financial services, and just general business courses as well, so you really can kind of tailor it to what you’re looking for.
Jeannie DeLuca: One thing that I kind of want to talk about instead of just throwing courses and statistics is real stories about students. As I said, I’ve advised students, in particular adult students who typically are part-time students working full time. One of my favorite advisees was a student that she was an underwriter for a major insurance company and at the time that she started with that company, you didn’t need a degree. It was about 25 years ago and she just kept moving up. The company never told her to get a degree, but she really wanted to finish the degree that she started many years ago because she found herself interviewing candidates for positions in her company that required degrees and she didn’t feel right that she didn’t have a degree.
Jeannie DeLuca: She also knew that if a company ever got sold she would be facing a new job market that was different than 20 years ago, and she would be looking at positions requiring degrees and also up against other people that have their degrees. She decided to finish her degree part-time, just did two classes at a time and a month after completing it her boss happened to retire and she took his place and was named the vice president. She really credits the fact that she finished that degree. I commend all of you who are on the webinar now because it shows me that you’re also looking to finish that degree. So congratulations and I hope you do apply and continue.
Jeannie DeLuca: One of the things that I think is really unique about Maryville is our Early Access Program. I haven’t really seen this at any other institution. The Early Access Program allows you to take 12 hours of graduate credit as an undergraduate student towards one of our master’s programs. In the courses that you take those 12 hours in a sense they double count, meaning they’ll count towards your undergraduate degree. We have 128 total hours required for your undergraduate degree, but then they also count towards a master’s degree. You’re really saving time and money because you did about a third of the other, like an MBA for example, as an undergraduate degree if you do the Early Access Program. I’ve had a lot of adult students who have taken advantage of this. You don’t have to complete the masters after you finished your bachelor’s, but I would say the majority of students do continue because if they’ve had 12 credit hours, like I said, they’re a third of the way there, so a lot of them do, but you’re not … you don’t have to.
Jeannie DeLuca: For those Early Access Programs you can get into any of our master’s programs in the school of business and also in our master’s of science and health administration, which is in our school of health professions. As you can see on the list you can do early access into an MBA. We have our master’s in cyber security, master’s in software development, and masters in business data analytics, and a health administration masters. Anybody in our business administration programs or any of our other undergraduate business programs would be eligible for the early access program.
Jeannie DeLuca: Qualified students and I said, can you take 12 hours, which is four courses of graduate coursework. Some students have only done six hours, so 12 is not mandatory. You just can’t go above the 12 hours. To apply you have to have a minimum of 75 hours completed and 20 of those have to be at Maryville. You actually start the program when you have about 90 credits, which would be your senior year, but you apply when you have 75 hours. You have to have a 3.25 grade point average. I think what’s nice about that is it is only your Maryville grade point that has to be a 3.25. I’ve worked who went to school 25 years ago and maybe they didn’t do as well, they weren’t as focused, and they really kind of get a fresh start because your grade point starts over at Maryville.
Jeannie DeLuca: You apply, you submit an essay with your application, and if you have the 3.25 it’s pretty much a guarantee that you’re going to get into the early access program. I have one advisee who, it literally took him 30 years from start to finish to complete his bachelor’s degree. He started in about 1983 and just finished up a few years ago. He did the Early Access and ended up completing his MBA in less than two years. Actually, he now teaches in our MBA program, but I can remember when he’s finished his master’s, he couldn’t believe he kept asking me, “Are you sure I’m finished?” because it took them so long to earn a bachelor’s degree, but it’s a lot different to finish a 36 hour degree than it is 128 hours. So it is a great selling point for our program and I also want to stress with both our master’s and our undergraduate programs here, even though you’re in an online program, it’s a very engaging environment, especially in our school of business.
Jeannie DeLuca: We know that in the business world you’re going to be working in groups and in teams, but you do that in the online courses as well. You just do it in a different way. You’re not physically with your colleagues in the class, but you’re with them in the virtual classroom, and even do group projects and collaborate. I just want to say that it’s … a lot of people think of online as kind of go at your own pace and this is definitely not that. If you’re looking for an engaging environment, that’s definitely something that we will have here.
Jeannie DeLuca: At this time I’m gonna turn it back to either Sarah or Mike.
Sarah Frost: Great. Thank you so much Jeannie. I will actually go ahead and hand it back to Mike to talk a little bit about our student support.
Michael: Yeah. Jeannie touched on, you know, the support and the staff here at Maryville and in my 14 years of experience with the college industry, one of the things I absolutely think is great for an online student is the support that is available here at Maryville. As an online student we’re always wondering are we’re going to be able to get communication from our faculty and our staff? Are we going to get the support and assistance that we need? Here at Maryville what I found in my experience working with students is that they have support from all different angles. As a new student working here to apply to Maryville and get considered into our business degree programs, you have myself and my teammates to help you every step of the way through the application process, and assisting you through the transcripts, getting your application completed, and presenting your application to Jeannie and her team for consideration into the program.
Michael: Once accepted to the university you work with a student support specialist that will help you academically every step of the way you should you have any obstacles, hurdles, or need any support or assistance. You’ll have a support specialist that will help you. In the beginning of your enrollment process here at Maryville, you’ll have the opportunity to take the first semester, and we actually registered you for your classes, for you, on your behalf, which gets the ball rolling and helps you kind of take the next steps into getting into your first semester of classes. You’ll have a dedicated technical support on your side to help you with any technical glitches. Obviously with technology and in an online learning environment, that’s extremely important. In addition to that, you’ll have our assistance and support on the back end too. You’re coming to Maryville for a degree and to get the knowledge and education, but you’re leaving Maryville with the support, and the confidence, and the teamwork to know that you have support services to help you with resume writing, interviewing skills, developing those soft skills, and helping you network to land that career opportunity.
Michael: In addition to that, you have a fantastic writing studio and online library support to assist you throughout your research process as well as to making sure that you have viable options and research assistance throughout the assignment writing and things of that nature.
Sarah Frost: That’s great, Michael. Thank you.
Sarah Frost: Now you … since everyone on the line might be wondering how do I apply? Michael, tell them how they apply.
Michael: The application process is simple here and it’s very seamless. A fall application deadline is important to know if you’re interested in getting started with the fall term. We do need your completed application no later than July 16th. You’re can have your transcripts sent electronically to your enrollment representative who you may or may not be working with already, or you can send them to the offsite admissions center via mail at 150 Northwest Point Boulevard, 3rd Floor or Suite 3, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, 6-0-0-0-7. There is an online application. The link to the application is the admissions at online.maryville.edu. Once the application is completed we’ll bundle up your application along with your transcripts and your permission to move forward over to Jeannie and her team to review all of your transcripts, grade point averages, and make sure that you are a viable candidate for our program.
Michael: We do consider applicants, you know, with above a 2.5 GPA and applicants that fall around that [inaudible 00:22:32]. If you’ll also consider applying to Maryville there might be some additional resources that are necessary, but you’ll work with an enrollment representative to ensure that you have all the documentation and elements necessary to get started.
Michael: Now, as far as an incoming freshman year at Maryville, applicants who are interested in applying do need a high school diploma or GED. We do look for a minimum high school GPA of about 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. However, incoming to Maryville there are no standardized testing, so no ACT, no SAT requirements. For transfer students who are applying or transferring college transcripts and previous college credits, would require at least a GPA of 2.0. Applicants with below a 2.0, as I stated earlier, may be considered for admissions on a probationary period. No standardized tests required and an associate’s degree completion must satisfy all general education requirements.
Michael: Now you’re probably wondering how much is Maryville and one of the greatest things about Maryville is we’re not one of the most expensive schools out there, we’re not one of the least expensive schools. Currently our cost per credit hour is about $500 per credit hour.
Michael: There are some discounts for corporate partnerships out there that may apply to students. Please work with your enrollment representative and they’ll be able to explain to you if your current employer qualifies for that program. In addition to the $500 per credit hour Maryville bundles up a per semester fee called our One Fee. This is nice because the fee is put up front and is easily more packagable with your financial aid award and there’s no hidden fees while you’re in school, but this One Fee happens every semester and it covers things like technology fees, proctoring fees, mentoring fees, even graduation fees that students usually get hit with during their enrollment here at Maryville. Now, keep in mind that financial aid is available for those students who qualify amongst other opportunities to help fund your education. We are a military friendly school, a Yellow Ribbon program participant. With that, there are options you’ll work with our student services team to kind of help find and identify all the available options that might be available for you.
Sarah Frost: Excellent. Thank you so much. I’d like to remind our audience that you are in listen only mode, but we will go ahead and take questions. If you do have any, please go ahead and use the Q&A box for it. Other than that, I think I will actually turn it back over to Mike if he doesn’t mind. He’s got a list of the most popular or common questions that prospective students ask. Hopefully this will help our audience about today as well.
Michael: I’ll pause for a second to see if there’s any questions from our audience out there. Please feel free to type into Q&A box to see if you have any questions.
Michael: Okay. Well, I understand that, you know, it’s a little hesitant. Maybe you haven’t even thought about some of these questions and maybe this was a lot of information to process. Sometimes I get these commonly asked questions from students all the time during their enrollment process and, yeah, usually students are asking if our university is accredited. Yes, Maryville is actually regionally accredited. Regional accreditation is of the highest standard that any school can receive, which means that your degree will be recognized by employers as well as other schools for transfer opportunities and things of that nature. Maryville is accredited by the Higher Learning Council. In addition, our business programs here are also accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. Technical support is available for students, so a lot of times students ask, “Well, what happens if I run into some common issues or technology issues?” There’s technical support dedicated to helping you through troubleshooting a lot of your technical issues. There is technical support available.
Michael: Typically, students throughout this business program will ask, “Well, can I take part-time or full time clauses? How many classes am I taking on a regular basis?” Classes here at Maryville can be taken part-time or full time. In addition, the part-time students will actually have one class every eight weeks. Two classes, eight weeks if you go full time.
Michael: Jasmine, thank you. I see your question. Will the $350 fee get covered by FAFSA or out of pocket? The $350 fee will be bundled up into your award. Many students who begin the financial aid process with Maryville will fill out the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and through that award that will be bundled up into your semester tuition fee, and then depending on whether or not FAFSA covers that full amount will determine whether or not you have to pay out of pocket. There are other alternatives. Hopefully that answers your question. The $350 fee does get bundled into your tuition costs for that particular semester and then student services will work with you on that FAFSA award.
Michael: Jasmine, does that answer your question?
Sarah Frost: Excellent. Well, if there aren’t any additional questions. Oh actually, sorry, just a moment.
Sarah Frost: Excellent. Thanks for that feedback. Jasmine. We’d like to thank our audience for attending today. Thank you, of course to our special guests, Jeannie and Michael as well. If you do have additional questions you can contact us at 888-266-0298 or send an email to admissions, that admissions plural, at online.Maryville.edu. Please remember to utilize our resource list and on the left hand side that includes the online application, a link to schedule an appointment with an enrollment advisor, as well as our application checklist.
Michael: Alyssa, you’re very welcome.
Sarah Frost: Well, we appreciate you joining us. We will go ahead and end this webcast. As mentioned, we will go ahead and send the link within the next 24 to 48 hours, as well as a link to apply as well. Thank you so much for joining us today and have a great afternoon.