Certificate in Management Program Provides Entry to an MBA Without a Bachelors

January 11, 2001


Wednesday, January 10, 2001

Denver, CO.—Today, US Open University launched the countrys first

management development program that provides entry to an internationally

accredited MBA without having a bachelors degree. The part-time, online

Certificate in Management program offers courses in managing, managing

people, finance and information, customers and quality.

Students dont have to go back and get an undergraduate degree that doesnt

directly prepare them for management, said Chancellor Richard Jarvis. In

this tried and tested program, students study key management issues, which

prepare them for entry to the MBA.

US Open University is the sister school of The Open University, chartered

over 30 years ago in the United Kingdom. The Open University has awarded

over 28,000 Certificates in Management since the programs inception in

1991. Recognized as the world’s leader in part-time education for working

adults, The Open University currently serves over 260,000 students in 41


To earn entry to the MBA, students must successfully complete the

Certificate in Management and the Advanced Certificate in Management. In

the first year, students can earn a Certificate in Management for

successfully completing 16 credit hours of management courses in the

program. Courses are four credit hours each and cost $840 each, which

includes tuition, all course materials and fees. In the second year,

students can earn an Advanced Certificate in Management for successfully

completing an additional 16 credit hours of management courses in the


Courses may be studied individually, or in pairs. Students may also choose

to study only one course to meet a specific training or development need and

continue the program at a later date.

Certificate in Management courses start February 12, 2001 and will be

offered each semester. Students can apply for admission and register for

the Certificate in Management online at www.open.edu. Advanced Certificate

in Management courses will be introduced in February 2002.

United States Open University is a nonprofit university specializing in

high-quality, part-time, distance education for working adults. US Open

University uses The Open Universitys distinctive Supported Open Learning

method, specifically designed for learning at home and at work.

Each course combines a variety of learning materials, which may include

audio and video tapes, CDs, software, textbooks and study guides. Each

student is assigned an Associate Faculty member who provides expertise,

feedback and personal one-on-one support. Students download their study

calendar, assignments and other learning resources from specialized course

websites and can interact with their classmates and instructor via web


For more information, contact:

Josephine Feldman, USOU Director of Marketing, 720-859-1500, j.a.feldman@open.edu

Janet Bartleson, USOU Public Relations Manager, 720-859-1500,

j.l.bartleson@open.edu, pager (303) 610-8323