NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Poised to begin the sixth year of its Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program this fall, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is gearing up for the campus’s newest cohort, with a priority application deadline set for this Monday, May 1.

MCLA’s MBA program is designed to meet the needs of working adult learners, who attend on a part-time basis, and complete the program in less than two years. They go through the program with other working professionals who need to balance their family, their work and their education at the same time.

Most courses include a combination of online and face-to-face instruction as students take one course at a time.

According to Dr. Nancy Ovitsky, MCLA’s MBA program director, this accelerated program offers a high return on investment: “Many of our recent graduates have advanced quickly in their professions, providing more value to their organizations and becoming more satisfied with their careers.”

The approximately 100 graduates to complete MCLA’s MBA program thus far include Bonnie Eichorn ’12 and Darrell Colvin ’15.

Eichorn and her husband, Jeff Lee, are the co-owners of a private duty, home healthcare agency, Mountain View Home Healthcare, Inc., which provides services that include personal care, companionship, and up to 24-hour medical oversight.

Eichorn started the business six years ago, about the same time she began MCLA’s MBA program. Today, she employs nearly 100 part-time and fulltime employees.

Now a multimillion dollar business, “Each year has been more successful than the last,” Eichorn said. “The MBA was an incredible investment. MCLA has a wonderful program, and it’s also very affordable.”

Eichorn added, “I encourage anyone – in any part of business – to get an MBA. Being a business owner comes with a lot of independence and responsibility. But, if it’s done properly, it comes with a wonderful lifestyle, and I’m so satisfied that I’m helping people in this community live their lives.”

Colvin, who worked as the consumer loan coordinator for a local bank, said his MCLA MBA paid for itself within the first year after he graduated: he was recruited to fill a higher-level, better-paying role at another area banking institution as a fair lending compliance officer – before he completed the program.

“I had reached a plateau. The MBA gave me the credentials and professional designation I needed to progress to the next step. It definitely was a big plus during salary negotiations,” Colvin said.

The priority deadline to apply to being MCLA’s MBA program in the fall is May 1. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 1.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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