New Programs

Business schools announce curriculum revisions and additions. 

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business in Boca Raton has announced a new executive PhD in business. The three-year, 80-credit-hour cohort program, which launches this fall, will be offered on weekends with concierge service. The research-intensive program will allow individuals to focus on accounting, economics, finance, information technology, management, or marketing.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, will debut an undergraduate program in business analytics this fall. Offered through the Lally School of Management, the program will equip students with fundamental business knowledge and data science skills. The offering builds on Rensselaer’s new data dexterity requirement for all students, which ensures that students from any field of study can use diverse data sets to solve complex problems.

This summer, the Cornell Executive MBA Metro NY program, one of four EMBA programs offered by Cornell University’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, is moving from Palisades, New York, to the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. The Executive MBA Metro NY program, which will be housed in the Tata Innovation Center, is aimed at working professionals.

The A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, has partnered with the Tulane University School of Architecture to launch a joint MBA/master of sustainable real estate development (MSRED) degree. The degree will allow students to combine business expertise with an understanding of the social and environmental costs of development. While the MBA/MSRED is an accelerated two-year, full-time program, Freeman is also offering new real estate specializations in several of its other programs.

In other news from Tulane University, the Freeman School of Business also has added to its portfolio a new master of management in entrepreneurial hospitality. The program includes intensive five-day seminars featuring industry leaders who will discuss hospitality’s role in sectors as diverse as healthcare, banking, and retail. Its courses are also open to MBA students who would like to earn a concentration in entrepreneurial hospitality.

This fall, Pennsylvania State University’s Smeal College of Business will launch two one-year residential and two online master’s programs. Held in University Park, the residential programs will include one in corporate finance and one in real estate analysis and development; both are STEM-designated. One of the new online programs will focus on analytics and insights, and the other on strategic management and executive leadership.

Durham University Business School in the U.K. will partner with the university’s department of computer science to create an MSc in business analytics. In the one-year program, which launches in October, students will learn to make decisions that are informed by data, identify algorithms in big data, and master machine learning and coding. The program will be taught by faculty from both the computing and management departments.

This fall, classes will begin for the online master’s in accounting degree offered by the School of Business at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. This is the college’s first fully online degree offering. The program emphasizes not only technical knowledge, but also ethical judgment and strong communication skills.

The Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, will introduce a new master of science degree in finance this fall. The 30-credit-hour program offers specialized concentrations in investment research, risk management, and data analytics. In addition to interning with banks and wealth management companies, students can gain hands-on experience through the Golden Griffin Fund, which operates the college’s financial markets lab.

Beginning in January 2020, ESMT Berlin will update its full-time MBA curriculum to provide students with more flexibility in their course choices and bring more practical projects into the classroom. The revised program also will better prepare students for the specific demands of the German job market, which is critical because more than 90 percent of the school’s MBA graduates come from abroad and almost 90 percent of its graduates stay in the country. After completing core modules, students can choose among specializations in managerial analytics, innovation and entrepreneurship, and strategic leadership. During optional pre- and post-MBA programs, students can take an intensive language course, complete an internship, or participate in a coding boot camp; they also can choose to do a six-month Responsible Leadership Fellowship in a developing country or set up their own businesses at startup incubators. The new program has been extended by two months and better matches recruitment patterns in Germany.

Rutgers University’s School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) in Piscataway, New Jersey, has launched an online professional master’s in human resource management (MHRM). Students can pursue the program full-time to complete it in as few as 18 months, or take courses on a part-time basis. The MHRM features flexible scheduling, with student intakes in the fall, spring, and summer.

In March, the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in South Africa launched a combined postgraduate diploma and specialized MBA focused on the manufacturing industry. It will deliver the program in partnership with the newly formed Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS), based in Durban, in the province of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Delivered on TWIMS’ campus, the program can be completed over 23 months of part-time study. It includes electives on the future of manufacturing, African trade and industrialization, green manufacturing, advanced lean operations management, and lean supply chain management.

Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, now offers a fully online graduate-level certificate in nonprofit leadership, which students can complete in ten months. Students can pursue the 12-hour certificate on a standalone basis or apply their completed coursework toward the university’s master of nonprofit and civic leadership degree.

Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas, has launched an online MBA, in partnership with edtech company Noodle Partners. The program will focus on training students to manage unstructured problems via data analytics, team building, and experiential learning.

The Stetson University School of Business Administration in Deland, Florida, has been approved by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to offer a financial planning concentration program for undergraduate finance majors. The program will allow undergraduate students to meet all the requirements necessary to sit for the Certified Financial Planner exam upon graduation.