MBA program awarded for outstanding influence in community

The Arc of East Central Iowa recognized Mount Mercy University's Master of Business Administration program as the winner of the Business Supporter of the Year for 2012. The university received the award at The Arc's Annual Meeting and Awards presentation. The Arc's Executive Director Delaine Petersen nominated Mount Mercy for the award.

"It was such an honor for our program to be the recipient of an award in this award ceremony," said Director of MBA Graduate Program and Assistant Professor Deb Oliver.MBA Arc Award

Mount Mercy's MBA program has had a significant influence on The Arc over the past three years. Oliver believes students should seek partnerships with nonprofits when gaining their MBA experience, citing a critical need due to time and staff constraints within the organizations.

"Although our MBA students don't often interact directly with the consumers of their services, I strongly believe that our partnerships with community nonprofits like The Arc are a win-win arrangement," Oliver said.

As MBA candidates, students must work on an array of projects that aid a nonprofit or business as well as work on building their skill sets. The MBA projects have given great benefits not only to The Arc and students, but to other nonprofit organizations as well.

"The students benefit greatly from their experience in service learning while sharing their knowledge of organizations and management with the staff of the nonprofits, and in the end, the ultimate consumer is the big winner," Oliver said.

Mount Mercy's MBA program is known for its emphasis on ethical and socially responsible leadership. The MBA program poses a challenge to students to think strategically on a global scale to solve business problems using a multi-disciplinary approach. The curriculum allows for students to address concerns of nonprofit organizations by using real-life business practices in an interdisciplinary approach while holding true to the tradition of Mercy values.

Mount Mercy's MBA program allows for students to maintain their careers while completing the program in two years. Classes are offered Saturdays and/or weeknights. For more information about the graduate program, contact Recruitment Coordinator for Accelerated and Graduate Programs Michael Lown via email at or by phone at 319-363-1232. 

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