A Quick Study of Successful Business Models
The University of West Florida is offering a sort of sampler MBA — a certificate program of “micro-masters” courses with specializations in business analytics, HR management and information security. The specialized training was developed with — and serves the needs of — local businesses, says Melissa Brode, assistant dean at the College of Business. “Micro-masters are a way for students to get a specialized education without admission to the university.” The school currently offers MBAs with new areas of emphasis, including business analytics, human resources management and information security management. Next up: A possible MBA of accountancy to meet the needs of those seeking an MBA to go with their CPA.
Business Intelligence and Health Care
The H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University recently launched two MBAs as part of its growing university-wide emphasis on health sciences and business intelligence. One features a concentration in complex health systems, offering a comprehensive, flexible and trans-disciplinary degree that will expose students to the full continuum of the university’s health care system in NSU’s on-campus clinics, its partner HCA hospital and at NSU’s Center for Collaborative Research. The second offers a concentration in business intelligence and analytics. In the program, students will discover how to identify, gather, extract and analyze raw data to explore the science of business modeling, database systems, data warehousing, data mining and benchmarking.
“Hard skills” are taking centerstage in MBA programs at Saint Leo University’s Donald R. Tapia School of Business. As part of the 36-credit-hour program launched last fall at the Pasco County Roman Catholic liberal arts university, a new fully online MBA features a concentration in hard skills like data analytics, statistics and data mining and retrieval. This follows the launch of Saint Leo’s supply chain global integration management, which joins other concentrations within the MBA program.
The University of Tampa’s new master’s in cybersecurity can be pursued concurrently with — or as a concentration within — the school’s MBA offering. Classes are offered in the Daly Innovation and Collaboration Building’s ISO-certified cybersecurity lab, lending students hands-on experience with software and equipment used by professionals in the field.
Seventy years after launching its first MBA program, the University of Miami School of Business sees 2018 as a transformative year. Last summer, the school named former Harvard University Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration Emeritus John Quelch as the dean of the newly minted Miami Business School. With the rebrand in motion, the program will continue to focus on global business with an emphasis on the Americas.
A new executive MBA program at Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins provides “more global, immersive and experienced-based” courses for working and commuter students. An emphasis on global business and leadership includes two week-long global immersion experiences designed to provide a highlevel view of business in foreign markets, exploring such topics as negotiation, data analytics, social entrepreneurship, design and project management. Says faculty director Jim Johnson, “Our goal is to provide a quality education to executives at the highest levels of business.”
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