St. Cloud State University’s Herberger Business School Works with Academic Partnerships to Launch Online MBA Programs Aimed at Working Adults with Real-Life Experience

April 5, 2022


April 5, 2022 – St. Cloud State University is teaming up with Academic Partnerships (AP) to expand its high-quality and affordable MBA degree offerings to include a 100% online MBA which can be completed in as little as 10 months.

St. Cloud State’s programs are designed with working professionals in mind, especially those who wish to expand their careers but need the flexibility to juggle school with family and work demands. St. Cloud State’s Herberger Business School MBA program values real-world case studies and finding ways to apply knowledge in and out of the classroom.

“Our core mission is to provide high-quality, cutting-edge degree programs that meet the ever-evolving workforce needs of Minnesota and the Midwest,” said St. Cloud State University President Robbyn Wacker. “Extending our MBA to adult learners and working professionals is one aspect of our University’s It’s Time framework to ‘extend our reach’ by making our high-quality academic programs accessible and in a format that is convenient for working adults, preparing these professionals to be effective leaders in the next step in their careers.”

The Herberger Business School is proud to have held AACSB accreditation for over 45 years, demonstrating a long-standing record of academic excellence and leadership in the region. In addition to the highest standard of business school accreditation, a Business Advisory Council comprised of alumni and influential regional, national, and global business leaders plays a vital role in ensuring the ongoing success, growth and vitality of the school.

The MBA program features an experienced Executive Coach who provides students with career development insights from resume building to interview coaching and more. Applications are being accepted and online courses start June 27. Apply by June 13 for the following MBA programs:

  • MBA with a concentration in Management and Leadership
  • MBA with a concentration in Accounting
  • MBA with a concentration in Finance
  • MBA with a concentration in Professional Sales
  • MBA with a concentration in Information Systems

St. Cloud State is a leader in central Minnesota providing graduate education in more than 60 applied certificate, master’s and doctoral programs. Herberger Business School is dedicated to preparing students for the business world with nine business majors, a Business Honors Program and a Master’s of Science in Information Assurance in addition to the MBA program. Herberger Business School has close ties with businesses throughout the region with business professionals acting as mentors, classroom speakers and volunteers at the school’s annual Professional Sales Contest.

“Working with Academic Partnerships to offer this exceptional MBA program is a very exciting next step for St. Cloud State University,” said LaVonne Cornell Swanson, St. Cloud State associate provost for faculty and student affairs. “This new, accelerated program creates flexible opportunities for future students to take advantage of a nationally accredited program designed with areas of concentration that the business community is seeking. We are proud of our faculty’s innovative approach to creating this new model of delivery for the MBA program. Graduates of this program will be well prepared for dynamic, successful careers in business.”

“We, at Academic Partnerships, are excited to work with St Cloud State and help them expand access to their high-quality online MBA programs,” said Fernando Bleichmar, AP’s Chief Executive Officer. “At AP, we’re passionate about the positive impact of affordable and workforce-relevant education to students and their families, and we look forward to helping offer more opportunities to students in Minnesota and across the surrounding states.”

AP is a leading online facilitator focused primarily on adult learners and a partner to more than 55 universities, primarily regional universities, across North America. St. Cloud and its faculty will ensure academic quality by driving all aspects of teaching, curriculum, and course content, while AP will work collaboratively in a consultative role with faculty in converting their courses to an online format.

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