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Shepherd, Frederick Community College partner for accelerated M.B.A. program

ISSUED: 1 July 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Frederick Community College (FCC) and Shepherd University have signed an agreement that will create a seamless pathway for FCC students to a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Shepherd University. Under the agreement, FCC graduates will be in a collaborative program that will prepare them to earn early admittance to the accelerated M.B.A. program at Shepherd.

The agreement offers students two pathways:

The agreement was signed by Dr. Tony D. Hawkins, FCC provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs, Continuing Education, and Workforce Development, and Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, Shepherd president.

“We are very pleased to announce a 2+3 transfer agreement with Frederick Community College,” said Dr. Ben Martz, dean for Shepherd’s College of Business. “This agreement helps cement the ongoing academic relationship between FCC and Shepherd University. This program provides a smooth transition for those students considering a future M.B.A. degree by synchronizing FCC’s associate degree with Shepherd’s business administration degree and accelerates the completion of a M.B.A. All three degrees can be completed in five years.”

“We are grateful for this partnership with Shepherd University and the opportunity this agreement provides our students,” Hawkins said. “We are proud of our strong business programs at FCC and we know this partnership will benefit many students by giving them a clear path and timeline to earn an M.B.A. from a great university nearby.”

About Frederick Community College

Located in Frederick, Maryland, FCC offers more than 85 degree and certificate programs through flexible learning formats that include day, evening, weekend, online and hybrid options. Accredited programs, comprehensive instruction, and affordable costs of attendance have made FCC the learning destination for more than 200,000 students since 1957. With teaching and learning as the primary focus, FCC prepares a diverse student body to complete their goals of workforce preparation and credentialing, transfer, career development, and personal enrichment with quality, innovative lifelong learning.

About Shepherd University

Established in 1871, Shepherd is a public liberal arts college offering more than 90 programs of study to the residents of West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. The university fields 13 NCAA Division II athletic teams and offers more than 100 clubs and organizations, many with a strong emphasis on student community service. Shepherd is a military friendly campus and is a proud partner in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. Shepherd is also the home to the Contemporary American Theater Festival, the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War, the Center for Regional Innovation, Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications, and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education.

 For more information, visit For more information about transfer opportunities for FCC students, email or call 301-846-2471.

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