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September 2012

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Three Business Schools Revise MBA Programs

The ongoing evolution of graduate management education continues with recent changes in signature programs at three business schools.

  • The Australian School of Business has redesigned its flagship master of commerce program. The revised program will be book-ended with a course focused on developing skills to critique business practices and a capstone course that will enable students to develop technical skills in a specialization of their choosing. “A core strength of the new program is a focus on personal reflection—students will have opportunities to learn about themselves and to develop personal resources that will sustain them throughout their career,” said associate professor Gavin Schwarz, director of the program.
  • Leadership and practical applications are cornerstones of the revised MBA program at Nanyang Business School. Leveraging the school’s pioneering expertise in cultural intelligence, the Nanyang MBA will feature modules on leadership and staff development. Related workshops and seminars will focus on leadership style, managing teams, negotiating, and managing personal energy and emotions. The curriculum also includes a 20-hour module on corporate governance and ethics and case studies based on real-life challenges in management. Students will complete the revised program in 12 months vs. the current 16.
  • The University of Kansas has redesigned its full-time MBA program with a focus on “closing the knowing-doing gap,” said Catherine Shenoy, director of MBA programs. Launching next fall, the program moves from 52 hours to be completed in four semesters to 49 hours, completed over three semesters and a summer. Shenoy says the curriculum adds “application” courses in each semester to “help students turn classroom knowledge into action,” and integrates hands-on activities to “provide active learning opportunities that complement classroom learning.”

Mendoza to Offer First International Degree Program

The Notre Dame Master of Nonprofit Administration program at the University of Notre Dame has partnered with Renmin University in Beijing to offer a graduate business program designed for Chinese students planning careers in nonprofit organizations. The program, which launches next May, is the first such international degree program for Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

“China’s recognition of the vital role played by nonprofit organizations within its national economy and its society is fairly recent, whereas Notre Dame has a concern for the underserved among us as a foundational part of its mission,” says Roger Huang, the Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management and interim dean at Mendoza. “We have much to share in knowledge, experience, and best practices.”

Darden School Offers UVa’s First MOOC Course

As part of the University of Virginia’s partnership with Coursera, the Darden School of Business plans to offer UVa’s first “massive open online course,” or MOOC, titled “Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses.” Darden’s dean, Bob Bruner, calls the course a “learning launch” that is designed to help Darden “acquire insights that can help to raise our game even higher in our three formats of the MBA.”

Haas Launches Executive MBA

The Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley has launched an MBA program for executives. Tailored to seasoned executives who will average about a dozen years of professional experience, the program will mirror other Haas MBA programs in focusing on developing innovative leaders through a curriculum that emphasizes four essential capabilities: framing problems, experimenting to learn, navigating uncertainty, and influencing beyond authority. Set to enroll its first class next May, the program draws on the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program, which closes in early 2013 after having graduated more than 600 students.

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