Graduate Management News

November 2015

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

Global Program News

  • Clemson creates South Carolina’s first MBA in analytics. Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science will begin offering an MBA program in analytics starting in the fall semester of 2016, making it the first South Carolina university to provide a dedicated business analytics focus for graduate students. The business analytics graduate program will include a cluster of analytics courses that align with industry demands. The concentration will also cater to current industry analysts who want to participate but are unable to take leave of absences from their workplaces. Final approval for the program will come in the spring of 2016.

  • Wayne State University receives landmark funding for new business school. A $40-million donation by the Ilitch family will reportedly fund the construction and endowment of a new Wayne State University business school near downtown Detroit. The donation is to include $35 million to build the school plus a $5 million endowment. This will mark the university's first new construction for its business school outside of the university’s Midtown campus. The school will be renamed the Mike Ilitch School of Business. An official announcement could come as soon as this week. The school would be one part of a larger redevelopment effort by the Ilitches and others in the northern greater downtown area.

  • Largest-ever gift to College of William & Mary to fund business school and law school scholarships and awards. A $44 million gift to William & Mary Law School and the Raymond A. Mason School of Business is part of a $50 million anonymous campaign commitment, the largest commitment in William & Mary's history. The remainder of the anonymous commitment has already been designated to support facility improvements in William & Mary athletics. The gift provides a $20 million endowment for scholarships at the law school and a $20 million endowment for scholarships at the business school for students in the full-time MBA program. The first scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2016 to students entering next fall. The goal of the new scholarship program is to support students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and a capacity and passion for leadership. The donors have designated an additional $2 million to establish an annual teaching award in both the law school and the business school that will be given for the first time during the 2016 Commencement ceremony. The remaining $2 million of the commitment will endow an annual leadership conference that will bring distinguished individuals in law and business to campus each year to engage with students and faculty.