Graduate Management News

March 2016

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

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Get the latest news in the graduate management education industry.

  • Stanford University introduces the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. The program, named for alumnus Philip H. Knight, co-founder of Nike Inc., provides graduate-level scholarships to help prepare students to address the increasingly complex challenges facing the world. Knight contributed $400 million to the program. Broad in scope and scale, the program will annually admit 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment, who are nominated by their undergraduate universities. Applications for the program will open in the summer of 2017 and the first class of 100 students will be admitted in the fall of 2018. When it is in full operation, the program will have 300 scholars on campus along with 9,000 graduate students.

  • Syracuse University launches business analytics program. Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management has introduced BusinessAnalytics@Syracuse, a graduate degree program in business analytics that is available both online and on campus. The program, offered through the school’s partnership with 2U Inc., a Maryland-based education technology company, will focus on the use of business applications and analytic tools, along with a “practical” curriculum for students. Students will complete courses in data analysis and decision making and business analytics, along with courses in accounting analytics, financial services analytics, marketing analytics and principles of management science. The degree consists of 36 credits that a student can finish in 18 months. The online program annually will have four start dates in January, April, July, and October, with rolling admissions. The first application deadline is April 4, 2016, and the first online class begins in July 2016. The full-time, on-campus program has an application deadline of February 15, 2017 for international students and April 19, 2017 for US citizens, with the first class starting in the fall of 2017.

  • Basketball and business do mix. Michigan State University has received two separate gifts totally $2.5 million that will be used to create a professorship in the School of Hospitality Business and construct a basketball hall of history and other improvements. The gifts are pledged by MSU alumni John Duffey and Becky Duffey. John Duffey is the recently appointed president and CEO of Six Flags Entertainment Corp., the world’s largest regional theme park company.