WT expands MBA program

By Chip Chandler

A new track in West Texas A&M University’s Master of Business Administration program offers business students an advantage in a crucial area of management.

Students can now earn an MBA with a specialization in procurement management to gain the analytical knowledge and skills and tools techniques necessary to effectively lead and manage a procurement department.

Procurement managers analyze costs, negotiate contract details, and offer strategies and solutions to help companies better manage costs on supplies and vendor services.

“We are excited to have this new procurement specialization in our MBA program as this will help students understand cost structures of businesses, how to work with teams in a dynamic environment, and how to effectively navigate an ever-changing business environment in a global world,” said Dr. Robert Allen King, associate dean of graduate business programs. “When students complete the program, they will be able to step in to a firm and make an immediate difference in how the business creates value for customers.”

Students will learn important policies and theories in acquisitions management, helping them to develop solutions to complex situations. They also will acquire and apply essential management skills, including negotiating and ethical decision making.

The MBA program is fully online, offering flexibility, self-pacing, financial assistance, networking and support from a high-quality faculty.

WT’s MBA recently ranked in global business education analyst QS Quacquarelli Symonds’ largest-ever list of the world’s best online MBA programs.

WT’s online MBA program ranked No. 5 in Texas and No. 67 in America in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 rankings, and its online MBA program for veterans ranked No. 3 in the state and No. 49 in the country.

For Spring 2021, WT’s Graduate School enrollment rose nearly 5 percent from the previous year, with 6 percent more students pursing their first master’s degree and 32 percent pursuing their first doctoral degree. Overall, enrollment grew 14 percent among full-time graduate students.

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