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Fort Leavenworth master's program speaks for itself

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

LAWRENCE — The Masters of Science Supply Chain Management (MSB-SCM) program enrollment sustains impressive enrollment without advertising.

The University of Kansas launched the one-year program in 2008 in conjunction with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth. The program is available to officers pursuing mid-career professional schooling, Intermediate Level Education (ILE).

There are 32 students currently enrolled, 31 military officers and one merchant mariner from the Military Sealift Command. The capacity of the program is 34 students.

There have been no investments made in advertising, but its enrollment continues to meet standards by means of word-of-mouth that it is a strong, educationally-worthwhile program.

"If we do it well, we don't need to advertise," said Greg Freix, School of Business program director and retired Air Force colonel. "If we did it poorly, no amount of advertising would save us."

Classes started in early August and are held at Fort Leavenworth. Although classes are offered by KU, the program adheres to the military schedule and holidays.

Classes are held in the evenings and some weekends for officers interested in pursuing the optional degree. The program is designed for those who have been in the service for more than eight years and have achieved the rank of major.

"This is a demanding program on top of already very demanding military schooling," Freix said.

There have been 99 graduates of the program since 2009, primarily U.S. Army officers. Two graduates were Department of the Army civilians, or U.S. Army retirees, sponsored by the Army Wounded Warrior Educational Initiative (AW21). One Department of the Army civilian employee, a former U.S. Army captain, is employed in Command and General Staff College (CGSC) operations. A graduate in 2009 was an international officer, an ILE student from Argentina.

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