The Steven L. Craig School of Business at Missouri Western State University’s mission is to provide programs with applied and engaging educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The Craig School of Business views program substance, service to the state, and engagement with critical stakeholders as critical drivers of student education and faculty concern. The Craig School is committed to professional and scholarly activities that predominantly center on teaching, applied research, and learning. Leaders at Craig School of Business aspire to create and maintain the best regional business school in the Midwest. The school equips its graduates with critical thinking abilities, relevant business knowledge, and skills needed for professional and personal success. Curriculum writers integrate entrepreneurial opportunities and applied learning experiences into the learning process.
The goal is to produce scholarship that expands and complements applied learning, teaching, and discipline-based knowledge. Business school representatives encourage Craig School of Business faculty, students, and staff to serve their communities and engage positively with regional business leaders.
Majors offered by the business school include Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. The Missouri Western MBA program is an AACSB accredited professional degree program that offers students of many educational and professional backgrounds a broad degree in business that will launch or advance their business leadership careers. The program focuses on applied academic learning that develops a student’s decision making and analytical abilities. The Steven L. Craig School of Business has both onsite and online MBA course completion options. The MBA program includes courses covering the gamut of business disciplines like accounting, management, finance, and marketing. The MBA program is designed to accommodate working professionals interested in advancing their careers.
The business school features the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center for Franchise Development that gives students hands-on experience and excellent social opportunities outside of the classroom. The Center for Entrepreneurship has been designed to train, mentor, and support entrepreneurs and business owners, in and outside the St. Joseph area. Whether a business is new, new to the area, or just trying something new, the Center can help. Missouri Western’s unique working relationship with Steven L. Craig, CEO of Craig Realty Group, and other franchisors has enabled the business school the chance to create opportunities for students and alumni to own a franchise. The program has franchise opportunities with successful brands like Auntie Anne’s, Flip Flop Shops, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and Which Wich Superior Sandwiches. Since its start in 2009, graduates of the program have opened over 30 stores across the country.
The Missouri Western online MBA is a part-time and professional graduate program where students have the option of taking up to four classes per semester in two eight-week terms. The MBA is 100% online and consists of eight-week terms, which offers full-time students the chance to complete the program in just 12 months. Online courses include Foundations of Finance and Accounting, Organizational Theory, Contemporary Issues in Management, Applied Strategic Marketing, Business Intelligence and Analytics, and Supply Chain and Customer Relationship Management.