In today's constantly shifting marketplace, the ability to quickly and successfully adapt is often what separates those that merely get by from those that thrive. The College of Business intends to thrive by practicing the concept its faculty members often teach.
In an effort to become the most competitive school in the region, the college recently announced curriculum changes to its graduate degree programs. Among the changes, which for the most part will take effect this fall, are a reduction in the credit hours required to earn an MBA or master of science degree and a shift from the MBA to the Master of Science program as the vehicle for specialized study.
The UD MBA, which currently requires 45 credit hours, is one of the market's highest credit hour programs and the route that offers specialized degrees. Now, both programs will require 30 credit hours; the accounting program will remain at 33 credit hours.
"Obviously, students will be most affected by these changes and the college is working to ensure that those currently enrolled are able to receive their MBA with concentration," said Associate Professor Scott Wysong, who directs the soon-to-be phased out Sports & Entertainment Management program. "Alumni, on the other hand, should expect no noticeable difference. All diplomas will remain as they are and affinity groups, such as graduates of the Sports & Entertainment program, will continue to support each other professionally and reunite from time to time."
According to Dean Robert Scherer, the changes were adopted only after an extensive evaluation of the graduate business education landscape. From that comprehensive survey, a 30-credit-hour MBA without a concentration was determined to be the curriculum that would make the college most competitive moving forward.
"It should be no surprise that interest in certain specialized programs naturally decreases over time," said Scherer. "And, the current trend is business schools moving away from specialization in MBA programs."
Come this fall, the MBA will become a general degree, although students will be able to add a 12-credit-hour concentration in accounting, cybersecurity, information and technology management or corporate finance. The Master of Science program, which has been reconfigured to allow for rapid response to developing business trends, will then become the means to deliver more in-depth, field-specific programs that address emerging industry needs.
"We understand that change can be difficult at times," Scherer said, "but they all are being made to add even more value to a University of Dallas College of Business MBA or Master of Science degree."