In partnership with Ashland University, Hiram College is pleased to announce a new degree completion agreement that creates a seamless progression of academic courses from the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with a minor in entrepreneurship at Hiram to the Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship at Ashland.
Hiram College students in the 4 + 1 program will be eligible to complete three advanced degree courses in entrepreneurship offered by Ashland University with a 10% discounted tuition while earning their bachelor’s degree. Upon conferment of the bachelor’s degree from Hiram and matriculation to Ashland University, students will continue to experience a 10% tuition discount for the remainder of the MBA program.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our entrepreneurship students who are considering an advanced degree in business,” said David Strukel, Ph.D., director for the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship at Hiram. “We provide our students with the tools needed to apply what they learn in the classroom to hands-on experiences with our mentorship program and pitch competitions. This partnership will only enhance the opportunities available to our students, as they will be able to continue their education through Ashland University and earn an MBA a short time after completing their bachelor’s degree.”
To be eligible for enrollment, students must be in good standing as defined by Hiram College and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Interested students must also complete an application for admission into the program during their junior year and provide a resume that reflects personal and professional accomplishments, as well as a letter of recommendation from their faculty member or academic advisor at Hiram. Before enrolling in their first master’s course, students must be a senior at Hiram and submit official transcripts to be formally admitted into the program.
“We are excited to be partnering with Hiram College on this collaborative initiative,” said Ron Mickler, executive director of MBA programs at Ashland University. “This partnership joins two esteemed institutions’ Burton D. Morgan Centers for Entrepreneurship, providing economic and innovative growth within northeast Ohio. The students at Hiram College with an interest in entrepreneurship have the opportunity to enroll in Ashland University’s top-ranked accredited MBA program specializing in entrepreneurship, while still earning their baccalaureate degree. This partnership is the epitome of entrepreneurial, innovative collaboration among two reputable higher education institutions.”
Established through a grant from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Hiram’s Burton D. Morgan Entrepreneurship Center integrates the concepts of entrepreneurship into interdisciplinary curricular and extra-curricular activities that help students develop skills such as critical thinking, curiosity, ethical awareness, ability to write and speak clearly, ability to draw and synthesize knowledge from diverse sources and apply to diverse uses, and insight into the human experience. Housed in East Hall with the Entrepreneurship Residential Learning Community, the Center has a designated lecture hall, an incubator classroom, offices, and meeting spaces.