MBA program made more efficient and accessible

Crosby MBA program will go fully online in fall 2021, making it possible for more students to participate.

April 26, 2021
Contact: Pate McCuien, 573-882-4870,

This is an image of Gordon E. Crosby.

In May 2002. after a $10 million gift from Gordon E. Crosby's, the Trulaske College of Business' added his name to the MBA program. It is now called the Crosby MBA.

In an overall effort by the University of Missouri to make degrees and classes more widely available, the Trulaske College of Business has announced that its Crosby MBA program will be offered completely online in a more condensed format starting in fall 2021.

Trulaske’s MBA program was created in 1964 in a traditional, on-campus format and was named the Crosby MBA program in 2002 following a contribution from the Gordon E. Crosby Foundation. To allow the college to better address the evolving needs of future students and potential employers, the program was paused after the spring 2020 semester to allow the leadership team and faculty to reassess its format. Now, the program has returned and it’s more accessible than ever, said Ryan Murray, director of Graduate Studies.

“The nice thing about this program is that it is accessible to any type of student,” Murray said. “Whether you’re a single parent who doesn’t have a lot of time during the day, but has some time during the evenings and on the weekends, or a recent grad who’s working full-time but still wants to go ahead and get a graduate degree, a full-time student looking at finishing in less than 2 years, or anything between, the program will allow you to set your own pace and be successful on your own terms and timeline.”

In the Crosby MBA program, students will experience three components: core business classes, professional skills and competencies, and certificates.

Core business classes, such as accounting, economics and managerial marketing, will help students acquire a broad knowledge of business theories and practices. After taking foundational courses, the students will focus on skill acquisition, concentrating on areas such as communication practices, ethics, the global business environment and professional development.

Finally, the program will include a track to add a certificate to the degree, allowing students to customize the MBA to suit their unique professional and personal aspirations.

“This isn’t a traditional MBA,” Murray said. “It’s more than that. Students can really specialize their skillset to fit what they want to do. The really exciting thing about this program is students can create their own adventure.”

Murray said in the future, the college will host optional in-person events, during which students can meet their classmates and network with alumni and corporate partners to expand their professional connections.

Application for the new version of the program can be found here.

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