Limestone Now Accepting Applications for MBA Program; Hires Director for Program
mba_logo_webLimestone College is now accepting online applications for its highly anticipated Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) program at The College has also hired Brandon Gibson to direct the program and Adair Haynes to serve as administrative assistant. Classes for the program will begin in July.

Also available on the site are
• Listings and descriptions of required courses
• Admissions requirements
• MBA faculty identification
• Detailed summaries of MBA fees and financial aid
• Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the program.

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Brandon Gibson

Adair Haynes

Gibson, a Chesnee resident, is a Limestone alumnus and a member of the Class of 2005. After earning his bachelor of science in business administration at Limestone, he received his master's of business administration from Gardner-Webb University. He returns to his alma mater after serving as assistant banking center manager and compliance officer for Bank of America on West Floyd Baker Boulevard.

Haynes, a Gaffney resident, is also a Limestone alumna, and earned her bachelor of science in business management in 2011.

According to a recent survey by the Graduate Management Admissions Council, applicants with a MBA will find an encouraging job market, nearly three-quarters of businesses plan to hire MBAs, up from 58 percent in 2011. In addition, the percentage of companies expecting to increase the number of positions available for new management graduates was the greatest for those with an MBA.

Limestone's MBA degree program was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) during its 2011 annual meeting in Orlando, FL on December 5, and is designed to prepare students for management positions in
• Business
• Government
• Industry
• Nonprofit institutions

It is designed so that groups of 25 students (a "cohort") proceed through the courses together. Initially the program will have only a single cohort, with an additional cohort of 25 students entering the program up to an enrollment of approximately 150. New cohorts will usually begin the program in July, October, and March.

Leveraging its reputation as a pioneer of online-based degree programs (Limestone was among the first institutions to offer such programs in the mid-1990s), the Limestone MBA program will primarily be an Internet-based offering, with courses offered in eight-week terms. In addition, three weekend seminars will be held on the Gaffney campus: one at the beginning, middle, and end of the program. The curriculum consists of 36 semester hours of graduate level coursework, followed by a standardized comprehensive examination. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for graduation. The degree will be completed in approximately two calendar years.

The online program will offer the opportunity to expand skills in
• Accounting
• Financial Management
• Management
• Organizational Development
• Quality Management.

Students will expand their skills in planning, staffing, organizing, directing, and controlling business activities. They will also continue the development of their decision-making, leadership, motivation, problem solving, and teamwork skills.