Graduate Management News

March 2015

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

Global Program News

  • Raymond A. Mason Business School at William & Mary launches Online MBA. The Mason School of Business is now accepting applications for its new Online MBA program. Students will begin classes in the school’s first all-digital degree program on Aug. 24, 2015. The entirely new curriculum was developed around the theme of “Renaissance Thinker, Revolutionary Leader.” The 49-credit program, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, is designed to be completed in two years, with students taking six 7 1/2-week courses per year. The program fosters engagement among students and faculty, by design. A required on-campus residency gives students the opportunity to connect in-person with each other and the larger William & Mary community. A customized mobile app allows students to work anytime, anywhere, making classes even more accessible for working professionals.   

  • University of South Florida School of Accountancy receives $10 million donation. The USF Muma College of Business’ School of Accountancy now bears the name of Lynn Pippenger, a retired Raymond James executive and USF graduate who recently donated $10 million to the school. The gift will help the School of Accountancy fund its “Certifying for Success” initiative, providing students with assistance on certification exams, as well as an initiative focused on helping students prepare for careers. Pippenger’s gift brings her total donations to USF to over $22 million.
  • Culverhouse College of Commerce first in nation to offer value investing specialization. A $3 Million gift to The University of Alabama has positioned the Culverhouse College of Commerce to become the first business school in the nation to offer a value investing specialization at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Culverhouse alumnus C.T. Fitzpatrick and his wife, Kelley, donated $3 million to the College to create the Vulcan Value Partners Research Library and Trading Floor, offering students a curriculum that provides real-world experience with investing. The donation will also be used to create the Fitzpatrick Endowed Chair and a second Fitzpatrick endowed professorship in value investing. Fitzpatrick is a value investor who owns Birmingham-based Vulcan Value Partners where he manages more than $10 billion in assets.