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Nicholls revamps MBA program

THIBODAUX – The College of Business Administration at Nicholls State University has revised its curriculum to provide more of the business knowledge necessary for graduate students to succeed in the workplace and augmented its prerequisite offerings in order to allow faster entry into the graduate program.

Beginning in Summer 2009, Master of Business Administration applicants will have the option to enroll in “Pre-MBA Foundation Modules” – self-study courses with accompanying competency exams. For students who do not have an undergraduate degree in business or who many need refresher courses, the modules will provide prerequisite knowledge needed to begin graduate courses. Students can take the self-study courses at their convenience, decreasing the time to complete their graduate degree.

The College of Business Administration has also revamped the graduate program itself, introducing more integrative courses and adding new core classes. Beginning in Fall 2009, the core business disciplines of accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing will tie in concepts from several other disciplines, yielding new case studies, projects and presentations.

“The goal of these course changes is to produce MBA graduates with more of a big-picture view of the business firm, allowing students to see how a change in one area affects the entire enterprise,” Dr. Chuck Viosca, associate professor of marketing and MBA director, said. “Another change to the curriculum is a course sequence for students to follow when taking their graduate coursework. In the past, students were required to take several classes, but in no particular order. The new curriculum requires students to take accounting and statistics before taking finance – and it requires the completion of finance, as well as economics, management and marketing, before taking the capstone course in business strategy.”

Furthermore, in order to address needs in the national business community, Nicholls faculty have included new core material into the Master of Business Administration program – courses designated “Leadership, Ethics and Accountability,” “Performance and Planning,” and “Value-Based Management.”

For additional information on the revamped MBA program, call (985) 448-4241 or visit www.nicholls.edu/mba.

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