New Programs

Business schools announce curriculum revisions and additions.

An MBA in entertainment and media management will launch in fall 2019 at Ithaca College’s School of Business in New York. The degree is intended for business students who want to understand the creative arts industry and creative students who want to learn the business of entertainment. An MBA “boot camp” will be offered prior to enrollment for students with less business preparation. The program includes an experiential component in which students engage with industry professionals at media headquarters, studios, and international film festivals; students also will have the opportunity to run their own multimedia production company.

Beginning in August, the MBA program at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, will be available completely online. Students and professors will use Zoom meeting technology to participate synchronously in classes as a way to reproduce the face-to-face classroom experience. Once students are admitted to the program, they will receive information about equipment and technology support from Drury staff. Class sizes are capped at 30 participants. The school will still deliver its traditional on-campus MBA courses.

The Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles has created a STEM-certified specialization in management science for full-time MBA students. Available in the fall of 2019, the specialization will train students in areas such as statistics, data analytics, operations and supply chain optimization, finance, forecasting, and digital marketing and modeling.

This fall, the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston in Texas will offer two graduate programs for the first time. The first is a STEM-designated master of science degree in business analytics, which will help students use predictive analytics and data mining to make business decisions and solve business problems. It will be delivered through the college’s department of decision and information sciences. The second is a master of science in management and leadership, the college’s first degree to be offered fully online.

On September 30, the inaugural cohort of students will enroll in the first fully online MBA degree program at the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis. Targeting nontraditional students and working professionals, MBA@UCDavis will incorporate synchronous weekly sessions and culminate with residential sessions where students can network face-to-face with their classmates, faculty, and practitioners; the program is designed to be completed in two years. The school has partnered with online program manager 2U to deliver MBA@UCDavis and plans intakes of four cohorts of students each year.

Starting this fall, the University at Buffalo School of Management in New York will offer a bachelor of science in information technology and management. The curriculum includes courses in cybersecurity, big data, telecommunications, IT project management, database management, and systems analysis and design.

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