Brenau plans MBA program at Suwanee-based medical college

Mar 27, 2012
Brenau Staff

Brenau University President Ed Schrader announced today that the Gainesville, Ga.-based institution plans to offer its Master of Business Administration program starting in the fall of 2012 on the campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in nearby Suwanee, Ga.Brenau University President Ed Schrader, Ph.D.

Schrader, speaking at the Rotary Club of Gwinnett County here Tuesday, said the university already is accepting applications for the program, contingent on the approval of the location by the higher education accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. If approved, the new program not only will be available to PCOM-GA medical students who want to build skills for managing health care practices and institutions, but also will be available to other candidates seeking proficiency in any of several business specialties, including health care, project management, finance, accounting, international business, general management and insurance.
Brenau offers a wide array of fully accredited M.B.A. programs at its other campuses and online. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the online components of the Brenau M.B.A. among the top programs in the nation for faculty credentials and training, student services and technology and student engagement and accreditation.

“This new program is a natural extension of the outstanding relationship that exists already between Brenau and PCOM,” said Schrader. “And it provides another convenient location for the market for higher education in Gwinnett County, which is an extremely important base for the growth and academic expansion of Brenau University.”

In addition to its home campus, Brenau already has a campus in Gwinnett County, the North Atlanta/Norcross campus, which offers both undergraduate and graduate studies. In fact, Brenau’s first two terminal degree programs, a master of Fine Arts in Interior Design and a Doctor of Nursing Practice, both are based on the Norcross campus.

The additional location for the M.B.A., Schrader said, stems from an ongoing partnership between Brenau and PCOM-GA for a dual degree physician assistant program with the undergraduate component offered through Brenau, graduate medical studies at PCOM’s home campus in Pennsylvania and clinical practice in northeast Georgia. Both institutions, he said, see the value in equipping health care professionals with broader business and management skills for managing their own enterprises as well as contributing to the broader goal of helping drive downs costs in health care through better management.

“The core courses that Brenau will offer in Suwanee will provide the heart of the M.B.A. degree,” said Schrader. “These courses are the common foundation required for all professional administrators whether they’re involved in health care, accounting, international business, insurance or managing a project to build a NASA space vehicle.”

On top of the core classes, students may then complete the specialization courses on any Brenau campus or online. Those who have successfully completed the Certified Property and Casualty Underwriters course and hold the CPCU certification may transfer those credits into the Brenau program and receive an M.B.A. in insurance after completing the core courses.

For additional information, contact Dean of Graduate Admissions Christina Cochran White at 770-718-5320 or or Terrie D. Thamer, graduate department chair, College of Business & Mass Communication, 770-538-4742, or