Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2006

Whitworth Launches Innovative MBA Program to Meet Growing Demand

In response to growing demand from alumni, the business community and international partner institutions, Whitworth's School of Global Commerce & Management will offer a Master of Business Administration Degree Program beginning in fall 2006. The program's innovative schedule, curriculum and support services are designed to serve both full- and part-time students and to provide the knowledge and skills needed to compete in today's global marketplace.

"The MBA program reflects Whitworth's trademark commitments to excellent teaching, academic quality and student support while building on the college's strong evening programs for working professionals," says Michael Le Roy, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. "We have had many requests for an MBA program over the years and we're excited about offering this degree with the same high standards of excellence and service that people expect of Whitworth."

Interest in the Whitworth MBA is already strong, according to Mary Alberts, director of the program. She says that international students and sponsoring employers who want to minimize career disruption appreciate being able to complete a comprehensive degree in 12 months, while working professionals who need to balance graduate school with family and job commitments like the option of completing the program in 24 months.

"As soon as word began to get out that Whitworth would offer an MBA, we had people inquiring about enrolling in the program," Alberts says. "Many wondered why we've waited so long. With the rising value of an MBA degree for career advancement, we feel the time is right to enter the market with a convenient, flexible program that addresses the needs of local, regional and international employers."

Courses will be taught by experienced Whitworth faculty and regional business experts. The curriculum is shaped by advisors from various sectors of the business community and includes courses in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing (standard to most MBA programs), as well as international business, ethics and entrepreneurship, which are particular strengths of Whitworth's School of Global Commerce & Management.

The school will continue to offer the Master of International Management Degree Program that has been available since 1993. A carefully selected set of core classes will be common to both the MBA and MIM degree, with international-management students completing language courses or international exchanges in place of some of the more quantitative courses in the MBA program.

Applications are being accepted now for fall enrollment in both the MBA and MIM programs. Evening, seminar-style courses will be offered in a sequence that allows students to plan their program in advance and to develop supportive relationships with classmates. Students can complete the program in 12-24 months, depending on whether they are enrolled full or part time.

"Graduates of the MIM program have gained recognition and leadership positions in top companies and organizations worldwide; we expect to see the same with our MBA graduates," Alberts says. "We are committed to delivering a program that works for people - both in terms of convenience, flexibility and support, and in terms of personal and professional success."

For information or to inquire about enrolling, contact Paul North in the School of Global Commerce & Management at (509) 777-4606 or pnorth@whitworth.edu. Information is also available on the web at www.whitworth.edu/mba.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Mary Alberts, director of graduate business studies, (509) 777-4280 or malberts@whitworth.edu.

Kyle Usrey, dean of the School of Global Commerce and Management, (509) 777-4585 or kusrey@whitworth.edu.

Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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