Graduate Management News

April 2014

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

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  • NC State University to offer Decision Analytics Certificate, embracing the demand for “big data” skills. Beginning in the fall of 2014, students in the NC State University Poole College of Management’s Jenkins Graduate School will be able to take a sequence of courses leading to a graduate certificate in decision analytics. The certificate program is designed to complement the Jenkins MBA curriculum and to equip students with the skills they need to apply big data analysis to make meaningful business decisions. The Decision Analytics Certificate builds on the Jenkins MBA program's experience with the Big Data Boot Camp short course, which has been offered the past few years by the Center for Innovation Management Studies. 

  • The IE Business School and the Singapore Management University are launching a joint Executive MBA program to focus on business in Southeast Asia. The one-year program, designed for up to 30 students, will combine face-to-face and online learning. The joint degree will include a team project that runs through the year-long program and will be conducted with an external company. The two schools aimed to create a program for people looking for a part-time MBA in the Southeast Asia market, specifically Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines – all within three to five hours travel time from Singapore.
  • Smith School to offer DC area’s first blended MBA option. Starting in fall 2014, the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business will begin offering the region’s first blended classroom/online part-time MBA program for working professionals. The more flexible format will require participants in the school’s DC Weekend program to meet on two Saturdays per month instead of three for traditional classroom instruction. Web-based learning modules designed by Smith faculty will provide the remainder of the content, allowing Smith students more latitude to structure their schedules. Upcoming application deadlines for the program are April 14 and June 2.