Week of October 30, 2017
Beginning in fall 2017, the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business in College Park will launch a STEM-certified master of quantitative finance program. 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, which will include courses in 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.
In January, the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University in California will offer the first fully online version of its MBA program. Online students will attend two three-day on-campus residencies that emphasize developing leadership skills and doing business in Silicon Valley. Students also can use a component called the “Silicon Valley Professional Dashboard” to track their progress as they complete courses, plan electives, consult with mentors, and participate in activities such as networking events, company site visits, guest lectures, and pitch competitions.
The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in Canada 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-level 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.
Florida State University's College of Business in Tallahassee is launching a one-year master of science in business analytics (MS-BA) designed to produce graduates who can manage and leverage big data. Program graduates are expected to secure jobs in industries such as finance, insurance, hospitality, entertainment, and supply chain management. The program is designated as a STEM degree as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, and students will be recruited from STEM-related majors as well as business.
New York University Stern School of Business plans to expand its executive MBA program to include a site in Washington, D.C. The program’s D.C. participants will have the option of studying in one of two specialty tracks: finance and analytics or strategy and leadership. The new offering also includes a one-week international residence in a market outside the United States. The inaugural cohort will enroll in August 2018.