New Programs | August 2020

Illinois, Stetson, Purdue, FIU, Queen's, Glasgow, Syracuse, and Tulane all announce new online program options.

The University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business in Champaign is launching an online option for its master of science in management (iMSM). The one-year program, which welcomes its first cohort in October, will be offered in partnership with Coursera and be open to students from any educational or industry background. In addition to taking foundational courses in accounting and finance, iMSM students will study leadership and teams, marketing management, strategic management, and process management. Students can customize their degrees with courses on global business challenges, data-driven decision making, and communications.

MIP Politecnico di Milano in Italy has created the Professional Global Business Services (P-GBS) Certification in collaboration with the advisory services firm Inixia. The goal is to professionally certify executives in Shared Services, a corporate operations area. Offered online and taught in English, the executive courses will cover finance, purchasing, supply chain management, human resources, and technology.

Accelerated Access, a new program from the Haas School of Business at the University of California in Berkeley, will allow undergraduates to apply early for a spot in the full-time MBA program and defer enrolling for two to five years so they can gain the required professional experience. The program initially will be open only to UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students in their final year of study; it later will expand to students throughout the University of California system and then more broadly.

In response to corporate training needs that surfaced during the pandemic, the Professional and Corporate Education (PaCE) program at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, has launched 21 online professional development courses. Programs are offered in partnership with digital courseware company MindEdge and complemented by faculty-led programs and workshops planned for the fall semester. Stetson’s School of Business Administration also is re-launching its PaCE program by offering self-paced, noncredit courses that include communication, cybersecurity, digital marketing, leadership, and project management.

This fall, Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business in Atlanta will introduce three stand-alone graduate certificates in artificial intelligence innovation, disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship, and fintech innovation. The four-course, two-semester certificates were developed in consultation with companies such as Anthem, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, NCR, and State Farm. Credits earned in the certificate programs can be applied to Robinson’s part-time MBA and select master’s degree programs. Students take courses virtually through Robinson Anywhere, the school’s digital teaching platform.

HEC Paris has launched a new stream within its Creative Destruction Lab. CDL Climate aims to coordinate entrepreneurs, scientists, mentors, and investors to increase the probability of success for scalable solutions to climate change challenges. The first session will start in October with 25 climate-focused startups and will focus primarily on continental Europe and Africa. The eight-month program revolves around five objective-setting sessions designed to boost the performance of tech leaders through intense interactions with seasoned entrepreneurs. CDL Climate will focus on innovation areas such as renewable/alternative energy, power storage, infrastructure, transportation, carbon/methane sequestration, water and food initiatives aligned with climate solutions, and geo-engineering. The stream will operate from CDL-Paris at HEC Paris and at CDL-West, which is located at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

In January, Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management in West Lafayette, Indiana, will begin offering two new online master’s degree options, both provided in seven-week segments. The master in human resource management (HRM) and master in global supply chain management (GSCM) are aimed at working professionals with several years of experience. The online HRM offers core content in areas such as talent acquisition, compensation and rewards, and HR analytics; it is complemented by electives on topics such as data visualization and persuasion to strategic management. The online GSCM program includes core content ranging from strategic procurement to logistics, as well as electives in predictive analytics, project management, and sustainable operations.

This fall, Florida International University’s College of Business in Miami will introduce an online master of science in finance. The program will include a focus on technology and innovation and allow students to specialize in areas such as fintech, Python coding, big data, alternative investments, and cryptocurrency. This spring, the school will launch online master’s degrees in accounting and supply chain management, bringing to ten the number of online specialty master’s degrees offered by FIU Business.

This fall, the G. Brint Ryan College of Business and the College of Music at the University of North Texas in Denton will introduce an MBA in music business. The new offering will provide future music professionals with an interdisciplinary mindset by blending curricula from both business administration and music entrepreneurship. Students in the program will learn management, marketing, finance, media, and other skills that will enable them to build financially sound careers.

Kedge Business School in France is adding three advanced executive master’s programs in global supply chain management, international purchasing management, and healthcare innovation. The new programs, which are aimed at international managers interested in acquiring dual competencies, will be delivered in blended learning formats over one year.

The College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University–Kingsville has a new digital banking certificate that covers topics such as finance, information systems, network security, and data transmission. The new certificate program provides students with the foundation and knowledge to understand the evolving technology in the banking industry, which includes advanced kiosks, cloud-based telecommunications, and automation of routine bank tasks. School officials believe the certification is especially timely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a significant impact on financial markets and is likely to accelerate the shift to digital banking.

The department of finance within the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, has launched a finance and technology major for undergraduates. Students can choose to concentrate on finance, mathematical finance, and fintech. Among the courses covered in the major are financial strategy, business intelligence, machine learning, introduction to programming, and advanced software tools.

The Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, has created Beyond Ready CQ. The new program helps students develop cultural intelligence (CQ) and enables them to work in groups that are diverse in terms of nationality, age, gender identity, sexual identity, and race. Students in the program will focus on four areas—motivation, cognition, meta-cognition, and behavior—and will develop their CQ skills through various types of coursework. For instance, in one class students will create a plan for their CQ development, which will require them to familiarize themselves with everything the university offers that might stretch them outside their comfort zones. They will take modules on diversity and inclusion, as well as whole-brain thinking, and learn to work effectively across teams. To gain CQ in global diversity, students can participate in faculty-led study abroad programs and internships or pursue certificates in Global Readiness or Global Markets.

The Smith School of Business at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, recently launched a master of financial innovation and technology program to address the gap in financial technology education. Designed for working professionals, the 12-month program will be delivered in both virtual and in-person formats; students will meet for courses one evening per week, as well as on alternate weekends. The program comprises 12 courses that trains students in areas such as data science and machine learning as they apply to the fintech sector. The first cohort will begin in November.

Undergraduates at the New York University’s Stern School of Business now have the option to pursue a new degree program in technology and entrepreneurship. The four-year, STEM-certified bachelor of science in business, technology, and entrepreneurship will enroll its first class of 30 to 50 undergraduates in August 2021. The program, which students will complete as a cohort, consists of a four-part curriculum: an immersive experiential course that integrates entrepreneurship and technology, foundational courses in computer science and data analytics, courses in entrepreneurship that include experiences inside and outside the classroom, and a capstone course in which students will develop their own ventures or work on projects for early-stage startups.

In May, the University of Glasgow in Scotland launched seven online courses to train students in skills relevant to the global coronavirus pandemic. The university's first microcredentials include five related to healthcare, as well as two related to business management on the topics of change management and practical project management. All are delivered in partnership with the social learning online platform FutureLearn.

Online learning platform 2U and Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management have partnered to offer an online master of supply chain management. [email protected] is a 15-month STEM-designated degree program that features courses in topics such as financial modeling for supply chains and risk management with a focus on global networks. It also will help students increase their understanding of the impact of data analytics, robotics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things on supply chains.

The A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, has announced that it will soon launch its first online graduate degree program. In January 2021, it will accept its first cohort to a new online master of management in entrepreneurial hospitality. The program will train students to craft extraordinary customer experiences through the joint lenses of hospitality and entrepreneurship, in order to help their organizations turn customers into loyal brand advocates. The program features courses on topics such as new product development, new venture planning, and hospitality real estate development. Although most coursework for the 12-month program will be delivered remotely, students will attend two in-person intensives at the beginning and end of the program; each intensive will be held at the Freeman School’s Stewart Center, which is housed within the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute. These in-person interactions will allow students to plan and present new hospitality ventures to a panel of industry professionals.