MBA Degree Created in Concrete Industry Management

Silver Spring, Md. – During a press conference at the 2011 CONEXPO-Con/Agg show in Las Vegas, Nev. on March 22 at 10 a.m. in Room N249-251, the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program – a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management – will announce the addition of a unique Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Concrete Industry Management. The program – which will be offered through the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) - is designed to expand the industry-academic partnership by bringing CIM to the business world through an Executive-type MBA in CIM and stand alone in its focused curriculum on the concrete and construction industry.

“A continued interest has encouraged CIM and the National Steering Committee (NSC) to develop a master’s program that suits the needs of the concrete industry,” said Eugene Martineau, NSC Executive Director. “Since CIM is still a young degree program, most interest came from industry professionals with business, liberal arts or technical degree backgrounds.  All those expressing interest in seeking this degree desired to stay with their current position and complete a concrete industry material-infused MBA delivered primarily through a distance learning format.”

Beginning in August 2012, with an initial recruiting class of 25, the18-month-long program will be administered in 10-week blocks. The program will be presented by the Jennings A. Jones College of Business on the campus of MTSU in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The format will include distance learning, webinars and on-campus visits to MTSU. This distinctive program will be a partner structure for networking and sharing experiences, while fostering a collaborative learning environment and allowing national recruitment with limited campus visits that are intensive and focused.

According to Dr. Heather Brown, Director and Associate Professor of the CIM program at MTSU, “The Executive model for specific industries has been developed at other institutions for banking, healthcare, education and technical fields. It is our intention to make this a top-notch program that serves the entire country with a concrete and construction-infused MBA.”

“We are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with the concrete industry,” remarked Dean Jim Burton of the Jones College of Business at MTSU. “The undergraduate programs have been very successful and we intend to make this MBA an international example of cooperation between academia and industry.”

Industry professionals participating in the proposed CIM MBA program will have a minimum of five years of experience in the industry and hold at least supervisory positions or above in their respective organizations. Academically, all participants will have at least an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education. While participants must have at least a bachelor’s degree, that degree does not have to be in business.

The cost of the pilot CIM Executive MBA program will be $39,000 per participant with a minimum of 25 participants. This fee represents the total academic cost of the program per participant.

If you are interested in learning more about the CIM MBA, please contact Dr. Troy A. Festervand, Associate Dean, Jones College of Business, P.O. Box 290, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, fester@mtsu.edu, 615-898-2368 or Dr. Heather J. Brown, P.O. Box 19, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, hjbrown@mtsu.edu, 615-904-8060.

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