FCC and Shepherd University Partner for Accelerated MBA Program


Frederick Community College (FCC) and Shepherd University have signed an agreement that will create a seamless pathway to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Shepherd University. Under the agreement, FCC graduates will be in a collaborative program that will prepare them to earn early admittance to the accelerated MBA program at Shepherd.

“We are excited to announce this new agreement with Shepherd University to provide a unique option to our business students interested in earning their MBA,” said FCC President Elizabeth Burmaster. “Transfer agreements like this help our students save time and money as they take the next step on their educational journey.”  

The agreement offers students two pathways:

-          an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in business administration to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in business administration plus an MBA, or
-          an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in business management to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in business administration plus an MBA. 
The agreement was signed by Dr. Tony D. Hawkins, FCC Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development; and Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, Shepherd President.

“We are very pleased to announce a 2+3 transfer agreement with Frederick Community College,” said Dr. Ben Martz, Dean for Shepherd College of Business. “This agreement helps cement the ongoing academic relationship between FCC and Shepherd University. This program provides a smooth transition for those students considering a future M.B.A. degree by synchronizing FCC’s associate degree with Shepherd’s business administration degree and accelerates the completion of a M.B.A. All three degrees can be completed in five years.”

“We are grateful for this partnership with Shepherd University and the opportunity this agreement provides our students,” said Dr. Tony D. Hawkins, FCC Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development. “We are proud of our strong business programs at FCC and we know this partnership will benefit many students by giving them a clear path and timeline to earn an MBA from a great university nearby.”

About Frederick Community College
Located in Frederick, Maryland, FCC offers more than 85 degree and certificate programs through flexible learning formats that include day, evening, weekend, online and hybrid options. Accredited programs, comprehensive instruction, and affordable costs of attendance have made FCC the learning destination for more than 200,000 students since 1957. With teaching and learning as the primary focus, FCC prepares a diverse student body to complete their goals of workforce preparation and credentialing, transfer, career development, and personal enrichment with quality, innovative lifelong learning.
About Shepherd University
Established in 1871, Shepherd is a public liberal arts college offering more than 90 programs of study to the residents of West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The university fields 13 NCAA Division II athletic teams and offers more than 100 clubs and organizations, many with a strong emphasis on student community service. Shepherd is a military friendly campus and is a proud partner in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. Shepherd is also the home to the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, the Center for Regional Innovation, Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications, and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education.
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