New themes, new location on tap this spring
NEW HAVEN — The University of New Haven’s College of Business will offer a restructured Executive MBA (EMBA) program in spring 2012 in a new downtown location.
The new program, based on six “integrative business themes” rather than on individual courses, will be offered on the tenth floor of 900 Chapel Street.
“Offering the program in New Haven puts us close to both the medical and information-technology industries so important to the city,” explains Lawrence Flanagan, executive dean of the UNH College of Business. “The content of our new program will reflect the many changes businesses have gone through in the last decade — globalization, increased competition and the need for sustainability — and will provide business leaders with what they need to manage their companies now and in the future.”
The UNH EMBA program is the second-oldest in New England. Founded 35 years ago, it has produced more than 1,500 graduates, including many alumni who have become senior executives of leading corporations around the globe, according to the school.
In 2011 it was ranked as one of the best EMBA values in the nation by the website poetsandquants.com, which evaluates graduate business school programs. Nevertheless, after three decades the program was in need of updating, according to Flanagan
The new program is based on input from alumni, businesses and prospective students.
“We looked carefully at the feedback we’ve received from students and alumni and we talked with companies that have sponsored students in the EMBA program in the past,” says Flanagan. “Over the last 20 years it’s become increasingly clear that organizations are made of many interactive components. An effective EMBA curriculum needs to examine business organizations in that interactive context.”
In the past, the program included 19 courses. Each covered a business topic thoroughly, but there was no coordinated effort to integrate knowledge.
The revamped EMBA program will reflect a new approach.
“The new program is strategically structured,” Flanagan explains. “It is designed to develop synergy across content that is organized around several themes: viability; cultural transformation; marketing management; ethics, environmental sustainability and social responsibility; measurement; and leading and execution.”
In addition, students will work on real-world research projects, sometimes in their own companies, to apply what they learn in the classroom. And the program will involve a week-long international session in Asia affording students opportunities to explore businesses through the prism of what’s learned in the program.
“Our overall strategy for the college is about education that helps our students define and effectively manage their personal ‘brand,’” says Flanagan. “The repackaged EMBA program fits perfectly. It’s about real issues facing successful corporate leaders in America today. We’re very optimistic about its success.”
Prospective students in the 56-credit program must have significant experience in business in order to be considered for the acceptance. A personal interview is required. Applications are being accepted now for both the spring and the fall programs. To learn more visit newhaven.edu/emba.
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