New Programs

The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has announced a new Global Executive MBA program with a focus on healthcare and life sciences      ...view all

Week of August 7, 2017

The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has announced a new Global Executive MBA program with a focus on healthcare and life sciences, beginning in 2018. The 18-month program, designed for experienced mid-to-senior professionals working in these industries, offers a curriculum that combines core management skills and practical engagement with self-development insights and strategic knowledge. The MBA will be delivered in five modules—three in Toronto, one in the San Francisco Bay area, and one in Singapore.

This summer, the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor held its inaugural Ross Summer Connection (RSC) program in partnership with Ross’ Office of Undergraduate Programs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. RSC is a four-week residential program intended for incoming freshman who come from underrepresented groups, attended under-resourced schools, or are first-generation students. The immersive program offers students academic and social opportunities that prepare them to succeed at the school and beyond.

Week of July 24, 2017

Beginning in fall 2017, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business in College Park will launch the first STEM-certified Master of Quantitative Finance program in the Washington, D.C., region. The new degree will provide students with the necessary skills to enter fields such as risk management, market regulation, institutional asset management, and hedge fund management. Students can complete the 36-credit program in nine, 16, or 20 months.

The Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business at The Citadel military college in Charleston, South Carolina, is changing its accounting program from a concentration to an academic major for the bachelor of science degree, beginning fall 2017. Completion of the program courses, which will include intermediate and advanced financial accounting, commercial law and auditing, and assurance services, will prepare students to sit for the CPA exam in South Carolina and many other states.

The University of Dayton School of Business Administration in Ohio announces new master’s degrees in professional accountancy and finance. The professional accountancy program allows students to align their classes with their career interests by choosing specialized accounting courses, such as tax or auditing; they also can pursue other options, such as a graduate certificate in cybersecurity. The finance program gives students access to hands-on learning about traditional and alternative investments through the university’s two investment centers.

Starting in January, Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business will offer the first fully online version of its MBA program. Similar to the current on-campus program, the online MBA will allow working professionals to complete the program in as little as two years. Two three-day, on-campus residencies provide online students opportunities to network with the on-campus MBA students. The online program is currently available to U.S. students only.

Week of July 17, 2017

EDHEC Business School in Lille, France, has launched a Global Economic Transformation & Technology (GETT) track within its Master in Management program. The three-year, full-time program comprises coursework and professional immersion at three institutions globally: EDHEC; Sungkyunkwan University SKK Graduate School of Business in Seoul, Korea; and the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. The GETT program opens in September 2017.

At graduation this spring, East Carolina University’s College of Business in Greenville handed out its first certificates in two new specialties: project management and business analytics. Each course launched in the fall of 2016 and consists of four online classes. The business analytics certificate is offered in conjunction with the Joint Certificate Program from SAS. The certificate in project management prepares students to sit for the Certified Associate in Project Management Certification or the Project Management Institute professional certificate exams.

This fall, the College of Business at the University of Michigan–Dearborn will launch a new undergraduate major in small business management. The 21-credit major, designed to prepare students to work in small or medium-sized enterprises, will cover small business management, entrepreneurial thinking and behavior, sales management and personal selling, human resource policy, and financial reporting. The program also will feature a semesterlong capstone course in which student teams will either create plans for businesses they would like to start or to work on problems faced by existing small businesses.

ESSEC Business School in Cergy, France has restructured its Global BBA program with the aim of giving students the skills and global intelligence to face the challenges of the future. The redesigned program will include courses that introduce students to entrepreneurship and innovation, see them through the development of a creative project, and expose them to ESSEC’s incubators and seed fund. The school also will introduce compulsory online courses through its partnership with Coursera. Students will be required to follow a different MOOC each semester for the first two years of the program, choosing from courses that range from the humanities to neuroscience; the school also will launch courses on coding and HTML as a way to integrate digital technology into the curriculum. In another redesign element, the school will offer students an international experience by allowing them to move between its campuses in France, Singapore, and Morocco.

Niagara University in New York has announced a new MS program in information security and digital forensics, designed to prepare students for careers in cybersecurity. It is intended for students from a wide range of educational backgrounds, including accounting. Participants will concentrate on network security, ethical hacking, data privacy, and modern cryptography; they will work in Niagara University’s new information security lab. Students who complete the course will gain the knowledge necessary to obtain a Certified Information Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP) credential.

Warwick Business School in the U.K. is launching a module in its MBA program that will take students to San Francisco, California, to learn from some of Silicon Valley’s top entrepreneurs. Silicon Valley is the headquarters for companies such as Facebook, Google, Uber, and Apple. In the new Entrepreneurial Finance module, which starts in December, students will receive lectures from entrepreneurs and academics and visit the offices of venture capitalists, angel investors, and fast-growing startups. The module is available to students in three of Warwick’s programs: the full-time MBA, the EMBA, or the MBA with an entrepreneurship specialization.

The University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business in Tampa plans to create a new major in supply chain management that could be available to students by the fall 2019. The subject is currently the basis for a concentration in the school’s bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in marketing, as well as in the MBA. Courses in the major, which will draw on the school’s Center for Supply Chain Management as a resource, will focus on topics such as contract management, procurement, logistics, manufacturing, warehousing, transportation, and network design.

The John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania is launching two concentrations as part of its MBA program. Its new concentration in healthcare management will be delivered 100 percent online, and its concentration in business analytics will be delivered in a hybrid format that incorporates online and face-to-face elements at locations in either Shippensburg or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The business analytics concentration will expose students to database design, data mining, and predictive analytics skills.

Week of July 10, 2017

INSEAD, headquartered in Fontainebleau, France, will roll out a new MBA curriculum in September. The program will retain its ten-month format, but provide enhancements. Among them are a leadership development program that uses professional and peer coaching to help students improve interpersonal skills and communication effectiveness; a new cluster of courses emphasizing the responsibility of business to society; new electives in digital innovations and data analytics; and a capstone course simulating a business crisis. The school will also offer students an early start through online content and industry-specific orientation videos.

Babson College’s Olin Graduate School of Business in Wellesley, Massachusetts, has launched a Business and Social Innovation Intensity Track for MBA students. It requires a combination of coursework and entrepreneurial experiences that allow students to practice the concepts of social innovation. Among the courses available within the track are those that focus on sustainability, public policy, and conscious capitalism. Babson also has introduced a full-time Certificate in Advanced Management (CAM)–Accelerate program, offered on the college’s campus in Boston, Massachusetts. The CAM–Accelerate certificate, which can be completed in two semesters, offers an integrated set of courses that focus on developing students’ ability to think and act entrepreneurially.

The University of Miami School of Business Administration in Florida has announced a new master in health administration program to start in August. While the program is designed to take 18 months, there is flexibility to accommodate students who want to take longer to complete it. The program will include a paid internship with a healthcare organization and offer elective courses on marketing, entrepreneurship, and other topics. It also will feature guest lectures by Donna Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

This fall, Warwick Business School in the U.K. is launching an MBA with an entrepreneurship specialization for its full-time and executive programs. The program is aimed both at entrepreneurs who want to start their own businesses and at intrapreneurs who innovate within established companies. The program will include modules on innovation and creativity in organizations, entrepreneurial finance, and new venture creation. In the final year, students will complete a consultancy project. Students will be able to seek mentoring from members of the Warwick Entrepreneurship Professional Network and Warwick Ventures, which spins out businesses from the university.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has established the Grayken Program in International Real Estate, part of the school’s Samuel Zell and Robert Lurie Real Estate Center and Real Estate Department. The leadership gift from investor John P. Grayken will fund academic programming, industry events and outreach, and faculty research.

Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Swiss International Air Lines are joining a new partnership that offers in-kind advantages to both parties. Through the arrangement, Swiss Air Lines will provide students real-world opportunities to apply their knowledge and hone their innovation skills, while students add value to the airlines’ projects. Among the initiatives will be nine-week consultancy projects, capstone courses, and an exclusive workshop introducing students to the airline business.

Audencia Business School, with campuses in Nantes and Paris, France, will offer its EMBA in two new global regions. In April, the school began offering its program in Algiers, Algeria, in partnership with the Ecole Supérieure Algérienne des Affaires; in October, the schools will collaborate on the launch of part-time masters’ degree programs. Additionally, in July Audencia begins offering its EMBA jointly with the newly founded Audencia Shenzhen Business School in China.

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is partnering with Fortune magazine to create new online business programs scheduled to launch this fall. The certificate programs, targeting emerging and mid-level leaders, will incorporate content from UNC Executive Development as well as video content from the magazine, including interviews with Fortune 500 executives. The first certificate program is titled “Leading with Purpose.”

In September, ESCP Europe will launch a one-year master’s program in big data and business analytics on its Berlin and Paris campuses. The full-time program will be divided into three components, which include business analytics, data science, and business applications. It also includes an international seminar in China, one online module, and an internship. ESCP Europe has additional campuses in London, Madrid, Turin, and Warsaw.

Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey, has launched a mini-MBA certificate program in data-driven management. Offered for the first time in April, the five-day accelerated program is designed to help managers better understand how to leverage the data they collect and lead data-driven projects and teams.

In May, Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative, HBX, launched Managing Your Career Development, a seven-session program offered via its virtual classroom HBX Live. Formerly a pilot program available only to participants who completed a three-course online program called HBX Core, Managing Your Career Development was offered for the first time to a general global audience of participants. The program targeted individuals with fewer than ten years of work experience and was delivered once a week at two different times of day—12:30 p.m. ET and 7:00 p.m. ET—to accommodate participants in different time zones. It explored how leaders of different backgrounds and levels of experience identified opportunities and navigated their career paths, as well as topics such as negotiation, design thinking, and personal branding.

The Stern School of Business at New York University is launching two new specialized one-year MBA programs: one in technology and one in fashion and luxury. The structure of both programs consists of a business core; a technology or fashion and luxury core; real-world experiential learning projects with organizations; and electives. The core of the Tech MBA was designed in partnership with NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Students in the Fashion & Luxury MBA—which will address sectors such as apparel and beauty, high-end automotive, fine wines and spirits, and real estate—will have access to the Stern Fashion Lab, a central hub for projects and networking being established for all Stern students.