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Boise State University will add three new online masters in business administration programs this fall. Each program targets students looking for a 100% online option.

The first aims for students looking to build management in fields like architecture, engineering and construction management.

“With this emphasis, we focus on the increasingly integrated nature of the construction industry,” Construction Management Department Chair Casey Cline said. “We’re helping to prepare students to lead in a changing landscape where technology, people and business are more important than ever.”

Boise State will also offer new MBA degrees in general management and healthcare leadership. Officials tailored the programs to students who work full time but want to boost skills and capabilities.

“We chose these emphasis areas knowing that Boise State is well positioned to deliver an excellent education for students in these growing industries,” Brian O’Morrow, senior director of working professional MBA programs said. “With the program’s existing focus on innovation and strategic decision making, it was a natural fit to add these emphasis areas to complement the business core curriculum.”

A good fit for the industry

Wayne Hammon with the Idaho Associated General Contractors says the program will help the contractors and others his organization represents.

“We are excited about it because we think there will be a lot of interest in it,” Hammon said, noting his group talked to industry leaders and communicated some of the needs back to leadership at Boise State.

“What they really wanted in a worker was someone with a construction background who had some business sense,” he said. “So much of construction has so much to do with planning and business so this will help that.”

(Disclosure: Idaho AGC is a BoiseDev sponsor but did not play a role in selection of this story or its content).

The Wall Street Journal noted last month many schools are shifting resources from traditional on-campus MBA programs to specialized MBA programs like the new offerings from Boise State. Data from the Graduate Management Admission Council shows the number of applications to 2-year full-time MBA programs has slumped since 2015. Even top tier schools like the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Harvard Business School are seeing declining enrollment.

Boise State touts the pricing for the degrees. The construction management degree runs $36,750 for 49 credit hours, which includes etextbook use.

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