New Programs

Business schools announce curriculum revisions and additions. 

The College of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University in East Greensboro is launching a master of accountancy program designed to prepare students to achieve full certification as licensed CPAs. In the past, state requirements that a student must earn 150 semester credit hours and pass the CPA exams to become certified public accountants meant that accounting graduates from A&T had to pursue master’s programs elsewhere to complete their professional education; they now will be able to complete all requirements at A&T.

This September, Imperial College Business School in London will add an MSc in international management to its Management Master’s portfolio. Among the program features will be a yearlong Leadership in Action international business consulting project, a weeklong Global Immersion experience, a greater emphasis on technology and analytics, an increased number of electives, and a careers module. In addition, students will have opportunities to study at partner institutions, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, HEC Paris, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Imperial College Business School also has debuted a free online course designed to provide investors with better information about the financial risks and opportunities presented by climate change. Launched in partnership with Climate KIC, a European climate change initiative, and hosted by learning platform edX, the course defines the financial risks related to climate change, covers emerging trends in climate-resilient investing, and considers how decreasing costs in solar and wind power are sparking innovation in the energy sector.

The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, has launched an accelerated master of innovation and entrepreneurship, the first program of its kind in the UC system. Students are expected to enroll with an idea for starting a business or for growing an established organization; nine months later, they will graduate with plans to innovate, along with the knowledge and skills to put their plans into action. The new program was designed in collaboration with business leaders in Orange County, and students will be matched with business mentors for the entirety of the program.

A master of science in healthcare management debuts in spring 2019 at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University in East Lansing. To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, the program will be fully online. The program is the result of college discussions about which of society’s biggest problems could be addressed through education. In addition to bringing in advisors from industry, administrators are collaborating with the medical college, the law school, and the nursing school to create a multidisciplinary program. Michael Rip, who was previously with the university’s College of Human Medicine, will serve as founding director of the program. Also in 2019, the Broad College will launch a master of science in management studies aimed at nonbusiness professionals in STEM fields.

Florida International University’s College of Business (FIU Business) in Miami has introduced a new master of science program in logistics and supply chain management. The 10-month, Saturday- only program focuses on logistics technology, data analytics, and distribution modeling. The program was designed with the guidance of supply chain executives at Fortune 500 companies as well as South Florida industry leaders. Areas of specialized coverage include transportation, omnichannel distribution, sourcing, inventory management, and the latest import and export regulation trends.

The master of sport administration and leadership at Seattle University’s College of Arts & Sciences has changed its name to the master of sport business leadership (MSBL) and has been moved to the Albers School of Business and Economics at the university in Washington state. While the program will be administered by the same faculty and staff, the move aligns the program more closely with its emphasis on developing sport business professionals trained in analytics and leadership.

This fall, the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in Indiana will enroll the first cohort of students in its new 31-credit master of science program in business analytics. The Notre Dame MSBA is intended for students with little or no work experience, including “fifth-year students” who wish to enter the program directly after completing their undergraduate degrees. The program incorporates 27 hours of core courses in subjects such as data management, predictive analytics, and machine learning, as well as four hours of electives.