New Programs

Business schools announce curriculum revisions and additions.

Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management in Beijing has announced its Future Leaders international undergraduate dual-degree program designed to prepare global leaders to navigate China’s global development strategy known as the Belt and Road Initiative. The Guanghua School will partner on the degree with a consortium of other institutions, including Bocconi University in Italy, Erasmus University in the Netherlands, ESSEC Business School in France, FGV-São Paulo in Brazil, the University of Hong Kong, IE Business School in Spain, Keio University in Japan, Moscow State University in Russia, the National University of Singapore, Queen’s University in Canada, Tel-Aviv University in Israel, the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland, and York University in Canada. Top students from each partner school will complete the last two years of their undergraduate degree programs at Peking University as a single cohort, receiving degrees from both Peking University and their home institutions. Students will combine specially designed coursework on the Chinese economy and financial system with cultural exploration activities, social research, and field visits. The Peking University Belt and Road Institute will offer scholarships to all students in the international undergraduate program to cover the costs associated with their time in China. The first cohort of approximately 50 students will arrive in Beijing in the fall of 2020.

The University of Dallas in Texas has launched two 42-hour graduate programs in the Gupta College of Business, both of them STEM-designated programs. The MS in cyber intelligence combines cybersecurity principles such as cryptography and forensics with statistical and programming techniques. The MS in financial analytics focuses on the application of data science and forecasting to the finance industry; it covers skills such as data visualization, database management, and predictive modeling.

Starting this fall, East Carolina University’s College of Business in Greenville will offer a new campus-based undergraduate degree in entrepreneurship through the Miller School of Entrepreneurship. Students pursuing the BS in entrepreneurship will study entrepreneurial finance, sales and marketing, strategy, opportunity assessment, business planning, small and family business management, and new venture launch. The program also will include 18 hours for students to develop a specialty area of interest. To complement classroom activities, the Miller School will run outreach programs, such as an entrepreneurial pitch competition and a summer entrepreneurship academy for high school and middle school students.

The University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics in Newark will offer two new programs this fall. The first is a PhD in hospitality business analytics. The three-year program draws on the resources of the Lerner College, its department of hospitality business management, and its Institute for Financial Services Analytics, as well as the university’s Data Science Institute. The second is a graduate certificate program closely modeled after concentrations in the MBA program. It will consist of four 12-credit graduate certificates in business analytics, finance, strategic leadership, and entrepreneurship. Students can apply up to 12 credits toward earning a Lerner MBA.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has announced a new online fintech specialization. The four-course program, available on the Coursera platform, will cover topics such as payments, cryptocurrency and blockchain, lending, crowdfunding, and modern investing. Among the Wharton faculty teaching the courses will be David Musto, faculty director of the new Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance.

For the 2020–2021 academic year, two U.S. business schools that offer a KPMG master of accounting with data and analytics program will add a tax concentration. The Villanova School of Business at Villanova University in Pennsylvania and the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles will join the University of Mississippi’s Patterson School of Accountancy in including tax as part of the KPMG curriculum. Select students at eight of the nine universities participating in the KPMG program receive full-tuition funding and take part in internships with the tax and audit firm.

ESCP Europe has launched an international leadership training program designed to help LGBTQ+ leaders share their identities in the workplace. The executive education program covers negotiation, decision making, and storytelling.

In fall 2020, the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut, will launch a program in asset management that explores how data science and quantitative techniques can be applied to investment decisions. The one-year master of management studies degree is being developed in collaboration with the Yale Investments Office, and many courses will be co-taught by finance faculty and investors from the YIO or nearby firms.

This fall, Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management in West Lafayette, Indiana, will begin offering a four-semester, STEM-designated MBA degree for students in four specialization areas: finance, marketing, business analytics and information management, and global supply chain management.

The College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn has launched a new MS in marketing that can be completed in one year. While the program is campus-based, some courses are available online; students can enroll on a part-time or full-time basis.

This fall, the University of Miami Business School in Florida has debuted a new master’s of science in sustainable business. Some of the courses in the interdisciplinary program will be taught by faculty from the university’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and the civil, architectural and environmental engineering department. Because it contains significant scientific content, the program will be STEM-certified.

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