MICHIGAN CITY - Indiana University Northwest will soon begin offering its Weekend MBA for Professionals Program in Michigan City. The program, through the university's School of Business and Economics, will have on-site courses at the Northern Indiana Education Foundation, starting in January.

IU Northwest says the decision will open doors in the LaPorte and Porter County areas, as well as southwest Michigan, allowing professionals to earn their MBA degree from the university without having to travel to main Gary campus.

"Earning an MBA degree can be challenging for working professionals who see the value in earning an advanced degree at the same time they are advancing their careers. This is why the hybrid program is a perfect option," John Gibson, director of graduate and undergraduate programs at IU Northwest, said in a news release. “Students who have too many time constraints to participate in a traditional MBA program format now have the opportunity to take advantage of this new structure and online learning."

The Weekend MBA program allows students to take two courses, one online and the other on-site, every eight weeks.