MURRAY, KY (9/23/12) — The Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business at Murray State University saw more students transferring in this fall with an associate of applied science degree (A.A.S.) in business administration due to an articulation agreement completed last fall with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.
The agreement made it possible to transfer the A.A.S. in business administration more seamlessly to Murray State to complete the bachelor of science degree with an area in business administration.
Previously Murray State had agreements for students to transfer in with a two-year associate of arts or associate of science degree and meet the general education requirements for the four-year degree. However, according to Stephanie Totty, academic adviser for the college of business, the A.AS. degree did not transfer easily into the MSU business administration degree program.
Now, students can complete their A.A.S. in business administration with any option (accounting, finance, hospitality management, human resource management, management, office systems, real estate management, telecommunications systems management and turf grass/landscaping management) and if the student carefully selects his electives, he can transfer to MSU and complete the bachelor’s degree with the minimum of 120 credit hours.
Totty noted the transfer agreement could not been possible without the help of Phil Schooley, who assisted with the minor in TSM; Dr. Tony Brannon, who worked with the minor in agriculture; and Dr. Brian Van Horn and his staff in continuing education, who helped coordinate the communications between MSU and the KCTCS institutions; and the MSU registrar’s office, who worked with the amount of upper-level hours requirement.
She added that the college of business faculty and staff stay in contact with Henderson Community College, Madisonville Community College, Hopkinsville Community College, and West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC), as well as other schools such as Jefferson Community and Technical College, to help make the transfer process easy for the students.
The college of business has for many years offered the bachelor of science in business with an area in business administration completely online because of an earlier agreement with KCTCS. Now the college is able to offer all but one of the tracks (turf grass/landscape management) online under the new articulation agreement. To complete the bachelor’s degree completely online, the student would take a few additional classes online through KCTCS, along with all of the MSU requirements.
Information provided by Sherry McClain
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