Colorado State University’s College of Business and Graduate School, USDA Forge Alliance to Offer Distance MBA

The College of Business at Colorado State University and The Graduate School, USDA, recently received approval to offer the College of Business distance MBA program to Graduate School, USDA students.

Students who have completed or are in the process of completing the Certificate in Federal Financial Management can substitute the certificate for certain coursework within the MBA, making it easier for a Graduate School student to matriculate into the distance MBA program, resulting in an MBA with a Certificate in Federal Financial Management. The emphasis on the partnership between Graduate School, USDA and Colorado State University is to develop the organizational, business, and leadership skills for public-sector employees, wherever they are located.

The Colorado State University MBA program is one of the oldest and most respected providers of MBA education within the distance learning market.

"We feel honored to be associated with such a respected MBA program and are proud to offer our students the opportunity to be a part of it," said Dr. Jerry Ice, chief executive officer of Graduate School, USDA.

"We have been seeking a partner to leverage our MBA in the public sector for several years," said Susan Meyer, director of the Professional and Distant MBA program at Colorado State University. "It seems like a natural pairing of like-minded organizations who are putting their heads together to offer the very best to those who are trying to improve the government and themselves. We are delighted to work with the Graduate School to offer this degree program to their high-potential students."

The CSU College of Business MBA has been rated and ranked a "Best Buy MBA" by A Best Buy indicates that the College of Business program has been reviewed and judged to offer a high-quality distance MBA to a national audience at tuition rates well below the national average. U.S. News and World Report magazine consistently ranks the college among the best programs in the nation. The Princeton Review has consistently ranked the MBA program as one of the "best-administered" programs in the United States.

About Graduate School, USDA

The mission of the Graduate School, USDA, is to develop people and to make government more efficient and effective. The School offers a range of services that includes individual assessments, career-related courses, and continuing education, including distance learning. The School’s experts provide training and education solutions, including conferences, workshops, and symposia, for participants from U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies as well as the private sector and international organizations. The institution has been in existence for 87 years and works with agencies to create relevant courses and recruit experienced faculty. The Graduate School, USDA, is on both GSA Schedule 69 (Training) and Schedule 874 (MOBIS). The School is dedicated to academic excellence, lifelong learning, and the entrepreneurial spirit.

About the College of Business

The College of Business aims to be the "college of choice" for two major stakeholders: students and employers. The College provides a superior applied educational experience to on-campus and distance students with an emphasis on innovative technologies. The College of Business is part of Colorado State University, a land-grant university founded in 1870 with an enrollment of more than 25,000 students. CSU has a tradition of research excellence, being cited by both the Carnegie Commission and the Association of Research Libraries as one of the top 100 research universities in the United States.