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An established leader in online education, the UAB Collat School of Business  is expanding its undergraduate distance-learning portfolio to include four new online bachelor's programs:  Online Bachelor of Science in Economics, Online Bachelor of Science in Finance, Online Bachelor of Science in Management, and Online Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

Each of these innovative programs is designed to expand the industry-specific knowledge, practical skills and critical-thinking ability important to preparing today's students to tackle tomorrow's business challenges. Developed for motivated individuals seeking to earn a degree while continuing to work, these online business degrees are an extension of UAB's on-campus programs. The online programs provide students with the same academic rigor and personalized instruction they would receive in UAB's traditional classrooms.

“The Collat School of Business is pleased to expand our online suite of programs to include finance, economics, marketing and management - four disciplines whose graduates are in high demand in businesses around the globe,” said Collat School of Business Dean Eric Jack. “These new online programs come in response to feedback we've received from our stakeholders, who are increasingly seeking the flexibility and convenience of entirely online degrees paired with the personal attention and outstanding instruction they expect from UAB.”

The four new programs are in addition to Collat's existing undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting and information systems. The new online degree programs in economics, finance, management and marketing will begin in fall 2014 and are accepting applications.

Each online program is built around a robust and future-focused curriculum delivered by award-winning educators with years of practical business experience in the fields of accounting, economics, information systems, finance, management and marketing. The programs take an integrated approach toward management and global leadership, exposing students to a wide variety of in-demand topics and skills that includes everything from basic accounting and marketing essentials to business communications and management processes. Coursework is carefully constructed to connect theory to real-world application. Technology-driven instructional methods employed by our faculty create a learning environment that fosters continuous improvement.

While programs in the Collat School of Business are rigorous, they are also designed to be engaging and collaborative. Students collaborate on projects online throughout the program, enhancing learning by sharing their own particular business knowledge and experience with their cohorts. UAB attracts students from across the business spectrum, allowing for rich and diversified peer interaction.

Students take 78 semester credit hours in core business and degree-specific courses, as well as 42 semester credit hours in general education courses. Each 16-week semester comprises two eight-week terms offered back to back (Term A and Term B). It is possible for students to complete the total program of 120 semester credit hours in as few as four years.

By Katherine Shonesy