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King’s MBA Program to Offer New Specializations in Project Management and Leadership

MBABRISTOL, Tenn., June 24, 2015 – Project Management and Leadership are two new specializations now offered by King University through their Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program.

Project Management and Leadership are the two newest MBA specializations from which students may choose. Other MBA specializations include Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Management, and Healthcare Administration. King University’s MBA program prepares students to be effective, strategic leaders and managers. The program assists students in directly integrating management research, theoretical constructs, abilities, and ethical practices within their contemporary-professional situation.

“Regardless of the type of organization you are in – for-profit, nonprofit, education – you must have strong leadership,” says Dr. Aubrey Lee, associate professor at King University’s School of Business and Economics. “We saw a need for this specialization expressed by those interested in pursuing leadership positions, as well as by those who seek to better understand how people in positions of leadership think.”

The Leadership specialization includes courses in Leadership Strength Recognition and Development, Critical Approaches to Leadership, and Leading for Innovation.

“Leaders inspire and motivate people while managers exert control through formal mechanisms” adds Lee. “You can think of someone like Martin Luther King, Jr., who led the civil rights movement and was a great leader. He motivated people with his ability to inspire people who admired him so much they followed him, sometimes at great personal cost.”

The Project Management specialization includes courses in Project Management Essentials, Project Management Basic Organizational Knowledge, and Project Management Architecture.

“Within government and businesses, many endeavors undertaken are in the form of a project,” says Dr. Jerry Wood, director of strategic partnerships at King University. “Every project must have a project manager who oversees the lifecycle of the project from its inception to its completion. The project manager would report to upper-level management.

“An example of utilization of project management is the $6.8 billion the government has allocated to Y-12 in Oak Ridge for a new uranium processing facility. This will include a large number of projects, each of which will require a project manager to oversee his or her assigned set of tasks,” adds Wood.

The 36-hour MBA program is a blend of intensive classroom case analysis with individual preparation and small group discussion. An emphasis is placed on managing for quality results. The MBA curriculum adopts and implements three creative components: a team-based learning model, a fully-integrated curriculum, and a transformational learning experience for personal and professional skill development.

For additional information, contact King University’s Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or


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