New Programs

Business schools announce curriculum revisions and additions.

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in Baltimore, Maryland, is redesigning its flagship fulltime MBA program to place a greater emphasis on analytics, leadership, and career development. New features include the Big Data Consulting Project, in which students partner with companies to analyze a data set related to a business challenge; and the Innovation Field Project, in which students work onsite with partner organizations throughout the U.S. MBA students will be able to choose from health, technology, and innovation specializations.

This fall, Warwick Business School in the U.K. launched an MSc in global central banking and financial regulation. The program was designed in partnership with the Bank of England. Topics include comparative central banking, monetary policy, big data, and behavioral finance; classes are taught by academics, central bankers, and regulators. Participants can earn the MSc by completing six of seven modules plus a dissertation, but they also have the option of completing just one module and earning an award certification.

Starting in September 2020, IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, will launch its full-time one-year Tech MBA, designed for managers who want to advance their careers in the technological sector. Eligible candidates for the program must have university degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math fields, as well as skills to manage technological projects. The program will expose participants to topics such as fintech, blockchain, robotics, automatic learning, and emerging technologies. It will include a Digital Female Leadership Mentorship to support women from STEM backgrounds.

In April, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in Illinois will launch the Physician Leadership Program, an executive education program designed to help physicians in administrative roles become more effective leaders. Participants will learn to use data analytics to make sound financial decisions, explore ways to increase productivity, and take steps to reduce burnout.

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) in California has added an Action Learning Program to its curriculum. As of the 2019–2020 academic year, students in the school’s MBA program and one-year MSx, a one-year program for mid-career professionals, will complete hands-on projects as part of the program. Throughout ten weeks of immersive courses, students will work in teams on assigned projects that require them to solve challenges faced by participating companies.

In the fall of 2019, the O’Malley School of Business at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York, launched an Honors Program to help enhance students’ professional development. First-year undergraduates accepted into the Honors Program will participate in additional career-related networking activities and field trips, receive enhanced mentoring opportunities, be assigned dedicated honors advisors, and have a special designation placed on their official transcripts.

The University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business has partnered with the global professional services firm BTS USA to create Accelerating Women Executives (AWE), a sixmonth development experience for high-potential women leaders. The executive education program will include five elements: pre- and post-program assessments examining participants’ behaviors and mindsets; workshops that allow participants to face realistic challenges in a risk-free environment; executive coaching before, during, and after the workshops; executive sponsorship; and an expanded peer network.