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UB/Towson MBA program makes curriculum changes for Fall 2014

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The program allows students to take classes in person or online.

A newly conceived UB/Towson MBA curriculum—created with significant input from business leaders at prominent area companies—will be introduced on Aug. 27.

The revamped program highlights flexibility and customization, enabling students to create a degree path specifically suited to their professional interests and career goals.

The newly redeveloped degree, a partnership between the University of Baltimore’s Merrick School of Business and Towson University’s College of Business and Economics, is the product of nearly two years of collaborative work with business leaders, alumni, faculty, and current and prospective students to redesign the existing program.

“The business community’s close involvement positions this program as unique among central Maryland business schools,” said Jerome Collier, senior vice president and managing director at M&T Bank who holds a master’s degree from UB and a bachelor’s from Towson and served as a member of the advisory group that helped shape the revised degree.

“The schools are empowering themselves and their students by inviting in a wide array of stakeholders to own this redesign. The result is a program that is invaluable for those in our community who want to customize their education to meet their present and future needs as business leaders.”

Available online and at both campuses, the UB/Towson MBA encourages students to build their own program tailored to fit their busy lives and their career goals. Enrollees engage in an entrepreneurial and/or corporate focus, with 10 available specializations, and take classes in either seven-week or 15-week sessions.

The new curriculum is organized by themes: “Managing Innovation and Strategy,” “Leading and Managing People,” “Interfacing with External Stakeholders,” “Managing the Value Chain,”  “Managing Performance and Risk,” and “Leveraging Technology and Business Intelligence.” Also, the new program will continue to meet AACSB International accreditation standards; worldwide, less than five percent of all business schools can claim this mark of excellence.

“The combination of the AACSB International accreditation, new curriculum, and two dedicated and outstanding institutions with excellent faculty positions us to provide the region with an exceptional MBA,” said Shohreh Kaynama, dean of the College of Business and Economics.

“Our program will influence how business is conducted, and our students will have the skill sets they need to compete and lead on an international level.”

“Having an MBA says a lot about who you are as a professional,” said Frank Navratil, interim dean of the Merrick School of Business. “Our graduates will be tackling 21st-century business problems and will do so with both traditional and entrepreneurial know-how.”