Rogers State University to offer graduate program for first time this fall

Rogers State University in Claremore gives working adults in northeast Oklahoma an opportunity to earn a master of business administration degree.
by Kathryn McNutt Modified: July 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm •  Published: July 16, 2014

— Rogers State University will welcome its first graduate students this fall when as many as 20 scholars begin work on a master of business administration degree.

The new option is good news to an underserved eight-county area, said Bert Tollison, professor and MBA program coordinator.

“There’s a high demand for a master’s degree program,” Tollison said. “I get at least one call a week.”

Enrollment has surpassed the minimum dozen and will be capped at 20 students, he said.

“The majority are our graduates,” said Tollison, noting RSU’s School of Business and Technology has offered a bachelor’s degree program since 2003.

“It’s perfect,” said Katrina Herndon, a 2013 RSU graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and will be in the first MBA class.

“I always knew it was something I wanted to do. It just worked out perfectly when I found out RSU is offering it,” Herndon said. “It seems like it’s meant to be.”

Herndon — who lives in Claremore and works at American Electric Power in Tulsa — said not only is the site convenient, but she already knows the campus and the business faculty.

“All the professors are great,” she said. “I played softball for four years. I have a lot of good memories there.”

She plans to take two classes per semester and expects to earn her MBA in about three years.

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by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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