North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University recently received approval from the University of North Carolina General Administration to change the name of its Master of Science in Management Program (MSM) to the Master of Business Administration (MBA). The change will become effective in the fall semester 2014.

This change is significant because MBA programs are the signature graduate programs for business schools. The renaming will enhance the visibility of graduate programming in the School of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University.

The MBA program will continue to offer prospective students opportunities to focus on concentrations in accounting, human resources management, and supply chain systems. In the near future, the MBA will also offer more interdisciplinary opportunities to individuals with STEM backgrounds.

“This is an excellent opportunity for North Carolina A&T to showcase its wealth of knowledge and expertise. This MBA program will prepare more qualified and highly marketable employees who understand the business process,” said Joe B. Whitehead Jr., provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina A&T State University.

According to the North Carolina Department of Commerce - Labor and Economic Analysis Division report, employment in professional and business services will experience the highest growth rate of all sectors between 2010 and 2020. The university’s goal is to build a highly competitive MBA program with core courses that continue to provide traditional business and management concepts that are very responsive to current workforce needs.

“Our goal is to create an MBA graduate who is adept in a specific area of concentration but who can also apply interdisciplinary knowledge within a management system,” added Whitehead.