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University of Charleston Announces New Graduate Program for National Guard

Release Date:  Thursday, March 29, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – The University of Charleston (UC) has announced the most recent addition to its graduate business offerings.  Beginning in August, 2012, UC will offer an executive master of business administration program (EMBA) exclusively for members of the West Virginia National Guard.

Classes will meet at the UC School of Business in the Equities House located in downtown Charleston, meeting on Tuesday evenings and online rather than the traditional weekend program.  The curriculum will follow that of UC’s popular EMBA program, including problem-based classes, emphasis on public speaking, performing a team-based strategic analysis of a local company, and an international trip designed to acquaint participants with topics in international trade.

The full costs for Army National Guard personnel are covered by state and federal funding, with a UC scholarship.  Dr. Charles Stebbins, dean of the UC School of Business and himself a retired Air Force brigadier general, is enthusiastic about the opportunity to extend the EMBA program to members of the National Guard on a schedule that meets their unique needs.

“It seems to me that this is a natural fit,” he said.  “We have a successful program in place in Charleston, and there is a cadre of National Guard personnel who have the desire and discipline to move up in their civilian jobs or start their own companies with the help of an MBA.”

This announcement follows UC’s January announcement of a new National Guard  Golden Eagle Scholarship for undergraduate students who are members of the West Virginia National Guard.  More information is available at

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