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Franciscan University Expands Online Degree Offerings

9/9/2013 - 11:07 AM PST

Catholic PRWire

STEUBENVILLE, OH (September 9, 2013) - Taking a major step forward with its online masterís degree offerings, Franciscan University of Steubenville is now accepting candidates for its Online Master of Business Administration Program.

ďThe Online MBA brings the Franciscan University classroom to people who lead busy lives and maybe canít afford to move their family to the Ohio Valley,Ē says Dr. Michael Welker, chair of the Business Department.

In addition to the educational components that characterize a comprehensive MBA, the Franciscan University Online MBA is unique among its peers due to its ďvirtuous and faith-based approach, grounded in Catholic principles,Ē says Welker.

ďThe common sentiment is that God doesnít care about business, that itís OK to lead a divided life, which leads to corruption. In Franciscanís Online MBA, business ethics will be overtly woven into every course. The professors will convey Catholic social teaching, from the City of God by St. Augustine to Thomas Aquinasí Treatise on Happiness, and the social doctrine from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis. The strategic vision of the program is that God calls us to business in order to participate in his creative and redemptive work that leads to the flourishing of humanity."

Franciscanís online courses engage the learners through use of Web 2.0 tools, such as vodcasts, podcasts, wikis, blogs, and other digital tools. Using the Blackboard Learning Management System, students also engage with one another and the professor through online discussion forums, student-created blogs or presentations, and occasional live online sessions using Blackboard Collaborate, where students experience a live presentation from the professor or another expert in the field and can ask questions.

The Online MBA requires the completion of 37 credit hours, which are offered in eight-week increments. This fall, five MBA classes are offered: Business Ethics & the Law; Managerial Accounting; Production & Operations Management; International Business; and Buyer Behavior.

In the summer of 2011, Franciscan University launched its first online program, the Master of Science in Education. The program uses a media-rich online learning environment to give K-12 educators the methodologies they need to become successful online educators themselves.

Dr. Charles Joyce, director of Franciscan University's MS education programs, says the cyber learning component also benefits a teacher working at a brick and mortar institution.

ďTodayís students are media savvy. They are digital natives and are connected to technology constantly. The Online MSEd gives educators skills and instructional delivery methodologies that match the learning styles of the 21st-century learner,Ē he says.

Completion of the Online MSEd can also lead to an administrative licensure and opportunities to secure state-approved endorsements from Franciscan University, thus providing educators with more career options.

In fall 2014, Franciscan University expects to begin offering an online Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization. The program will draw upon the international reputation of Franciscan Universityís graduate and undergraduate theology and catechetics programs, which are known for their depth of content and adherence to the teaching authority of the Church.

The Online MA in catechetics will also engage busy adults through the use of Web 2.0 tools to both learn the material and collaborate with professors, experts in the field, and one another.

To further enhance the engagement and collaboration, students in this program will participate in short on-campus residencies during their studies. Franciscan University sees this program responding directly to St. Francis of Assisiís call to ďrebuild Christís ChurchĒ through making Franciscanís uniquely dynamic and orthodox Catechetics Program available to catechists across the country and even around the world.

The Online MBA and MSEd programs are accredited by the North Central Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Board of Regents and adhere to the same rigorous academic standards of all Franciscan University academic programs. For more information on any of Franciscanís online programs, call 800-783-6220, email, or visit


Franciscan University of Steubenville  OH, 43952 US
Tom Sofio - Associate Director of Public Relations, 


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