New School of Graduate Business and Technology Created, Two New Degrees Introduced

graduate hybrid gradsCOLUMBIA, KY. – Lindsey Wilson College creates a new academic school and adds new business and technology degree options.

The School of Graduate Business and Technology now houses Lindsey Wilson's well-known MBA program and the master’s program in technology science. In addition, the College has also added two new degree programs – a master of science in cybersecurity and a master of science in data science. 

“Lindsey Wilson is dedicated to responding to the needs of our community and our students,” said LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. “Technology never stops evolving and our students are looking for cutting-edge degrees to prepare them for careers domestically and internationally. We are educating students for the real world with real earning potential.” 

The College experienced a boost in graduate students for fall 2023. Graduate enrollment eclipsed the previous year by more than 58% – from 1,351 students to 2,148.

“About three years ago, we launched an innovative hybrid program that allowed more students to attend LWC,” said Luckey who celebrated his 25th year as president of the liberal arts college in July. “This initiative, combined with an aggressive extended outreach program, has resulted in an enrollment boom. This is only the first step in a plan to provide more learning opportunities to all of our students.”

Tapped to lead the new school is veteran business educator, Associate Professor of Business Helen MacLennan from Saint Leo, Florida. 

"We thought it would be a good idea to separate our growing business programs so we could focus on giving students what they need,” said Helen MacLennan who joined the LWC faculty in January. “We are developing new programs that will include a focus on STEM education as well as additional degrees in business.” 

Formerly housed with LWC’s School of Business and Communication, the newly formed School of Graduate Business and Technology will provide specialized services to support the graduate student population. Graduate hybrid programs combine classroom and online instruction and operate on a tri-semester system for easier accessibility.    

“Our faculty within the school are working to implement more training and a project-based curriculum which we think will serve the students and their unique needs,” MacLennan said. 

Lindsey Wilson's total student body includes students from 90 Kentucky counties, 40 states and 50 foreign countries.

LWC exceeded its enrollment projections for the 2023-24 academic year enrolling 3,925 students – a 26% increase over the previous year – an all-time high for the 120-year-old liberal arts college. 


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