Monroe College has received approval from the New York State Board of Regents to offer a Master’s Degree Program in Business Management. The first class of The King Graduate School of Business will be admitted to the winter semester beginning January 5, 2006. Monroe’s new graduate school is named in honor of the college’s founder, Mildred King.
"The King Graduate School of Business will continue the educational philosophy that has characterized Monroe since it was founded in 1933," said President Stephen J. Jerome. "As with our Bachelor’s and Associate degree programs, a major emphasis of the King Graduate School of Business will be on creative, hands-on involvement in real business situations. Its focus will be practical, results-oriented approaches to business management and leadership."
To distinguish Monroe’s MBA program from others offered in the Tri-State region, the King Graduate School of Business will develop affiliations with area businesses. These organizations will offer MBA internships and guest lectures by recognized industry experts.
Vice President for Academics Dr. Stephen Waldow added, "The King Graduate School of Business will immerse students in classic and unique case histories based on issues facing affiliated businesses, continuing a practice already used in several of our undergraduate courses. The goal is to develop future leaders who have the right balance of creativity, problem solving, and team building skills to excel in the many different business environments of the twenty-first century."
Josephine Infante, president of The Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation in the Bronx and a member of the Advisory Board of the Monroe Master’s Program, applauded Monroe for putting a special emphasis on reaching out to women who are ready to advance their careers.
"The growth of women-owned businesses in the United States makes this a very smart strategy," said Infante. "It’s also a winning opportunity for the women themselves, who will now have their ceiling for advancement raised considerably."
In fact, King’s namesake Mildred King was a visionary during the depression years by teaching men and women business skills that would enable them to find work. That philosophy of education as preparation for employment has been a consistent hallmark of Monroe through the decades and continues today with the debut of the King Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Waldow said that he expects initial enrollment will come from, "hard-working adults. Those seeking to advance their education and accelerate their careers will find a home at the King Graduate School of Business."