April 18, 2023

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Shawnee State University announced it will begin enrolling students into a new Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program this fall. The hybrid face-to-face and online degree offered through SSU’s C.H. Lute School of Business is unique in that it focuses specifically on entrepreneurship, economic development and leadership in Appalachia.

“Those of us who live and work in southern Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia love this region and want to be a part of its growth,” Dr. Steven Rader, Director of the C.H. Lute School of Business at Shawnee State, said. “This program addresses the challenges we face and the opportunities we have to strengthen the region.”

Rader said the new program is designed to be flexible for working professionals seeking to advance their careers, start their own businesses or become more involved in economic development in the region. An accelerated pathway is also being offered to current Shawnee State University business majors, allowing them to take up to three MBA courses in their last year of undergraduate studies.

“We surveyed potential students and local employers as part of our program design,” Rader said. “Our MBA structure reflects the flexibility that our community members want and need.”

Courses in SSU’s MBA program will be taught in a 7-week format with a combination of in-person and online instruction. The program includes 10 total courses that may be taken as time permits in each student’s schedule.

“Those who want to take two courses at a time could finish their MBA in as little as a year,” Rader said. “Others may want to take one class at a time and finish in under 24 months.”

To learn more and to apply for Fall 2023, which begins August 21, visit