By Amy Timmes, Graduate Affairs Writer
The Stillman School of Business will launch its revised MBA program in Fall 2017, with a two-pronged mission: first, guiding students to turn business concepts into practice, and second, developing ethical business practitioners who lead as servants and serve as leaders.
Dr. Daniel Ladik, Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Director of the MBA Program at Stillman, is beyond enthusiastic about the launch. “The key to our MBA program is strong theoretical research applied to actual practice.” He added, “We are located 14 miles from the business capital of the world [New York City], and corporate headquarters are scattered throughout New Jersey. This is the place to be!”
Here are some of the enhancements of the revised MBA program, beginning in Fall of this year:
• A new “Practice Partners” program will introduce students to an external practitioner. The Practice Partners program gives students the unique opportunity to work with, and learn from, successful professionals who will join faculty in a continuous rotation of teaching seminars. Starting with BMBA 9450, a three-day seminar introducing students to MBA skills and competencies, students begin an immediate immersion with faculty, external practitioners, and their classmates. At the other end of the spectrum, students culminate the MBA program with BMBA 9461, a capstone course in which students delve into a hands-on consulting project for an existing company.
• Students will study a company spotlight throughout all core courses. Each year faculty will select a spotlight company, and all core courses will include issues related to that organization. This company model will provide a thread throughout the courses enabling students to apply real analytical and creative skills into a seamless and coordinated curriculum. “The inclusion of the spotlight company brings ‘real life’ examples into view,” explained Dr. Steven Lorenzet, Associate Dean for Academic Services. “We can use the company as a lens through which students can see the impact of each discipline on a company, whether it be the balance sheet in an accounting course, or a company’s social media program in a marketing course.”
• Creation of a “Servant Leadership” goal sets the standard for students to experience immersion into ethical leadership. The purpose of BMBA 9451 is to combine teamwork and leadership with ethics and social responsibility. Students will examine the social and ethical conduct of businesses through discussion and analysis of the ethical implications of corporate policies and procedures. This course provides a framework for students to plan their Service Projects, which support the Seton Hall University mission of developing global servant leaders. Think #ethics, a quality sought after by a majority of companies.
• Students will enjoy increased flexibility to meet their individual needs. Flexibility is the buzzword that MBA students have frequently expressed as top priority when registering for classes and managing their busy schedules. The new normal in the revised MBA program is #flexibility. With that in mind, Stillman has rolled out the following areas of flexibility:
(1) Point of Entry – Recently revised admission standards now offer several ways students may gain admission into the MBA program. Notably, there are paths available that do not require the GMAT. “Giving prospective students several options to demonstrate their aptitude for graduate business study will ensure that we don’t overlook talented students who are likely to bring unique strengths and experiences to the program. We’re maintaining our high quality, while assessing candidates on a greater number of dimensions,” said Joyce Strawser, Dean of the Stillman School. The reduction in specific course prerequisites allows students to take courses in their own areas of interest earlier in the curriculum than in past programs.
(2) Curriculum Content – Students can create their own tracks. Starting with a self-assessment module that matches students’ work experience and needs with curricular offerings, MBA candidates can effectively plan their courses accordingly.
(3) Choice of Specializations – Students have the option to select 12-15 credits of electives that will focus on an area of study in which they want to specialize or foresee as enhancing their professional goals.
(4) Delivery Format – Core courses will be offered in traditional classroom settings, as well as in online and hybrid formats.
With so many student-friendly revisions, the newly-designed MBA program promises to resonate with almost anyone seeking a graduate business degree. Attractive elements such as the infusion of “Practice Partners,” increased flexibility in planning course selection, and spotlight (exemplar) company cases, make the pursuit of a Stillman MBA degree enticing, exciting, and achievable.
Now trending at Stillman: #endlesspossibilities.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, January 24th print edition.
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