SPRINGFIELD, MA -- American International College (AIC) in Springfield, MA, will launch an exclusive executive MBA program in commercial fitness next summer.

Courses will be taught by the AIC graduate faculty and commercial fitness industry experts. The program is designed for middle- to senior-level managers from all segments of the commercial fitness industry.

Degrees will be completed over the span of 15 months. Students will take five courses in the summer of 2009, three online courses during the 2009-2010 academic year and will finish the program in 2010 with four courses and a Capstone Research Project that will focus on a particular aspect of each student’s job-specific segment of the industry.

“In these challenging times, there is a growing need for executive talent,” says Marc Onigman, a consultant for AIC and the co-founder of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro magazine. “While certification in the pure fitness aspects of the profession is critical, we have discerned a growing need for skill sets in the managerial and business aspects of the field.”

For more information, go to http://www.aic.edu/academics/ba/fitmba.