This article first appeared in the UConn Business magazine, Volume 2, Issue 1 (Fall 2010)
Forbes Ranks UConn MBA Program 12th Among Public Business Schools in United States
The University of Connecticut School of Business’ Full-Time MBA Program was ranked in the top 50 U.S. MBA Programs in Forbes’ 6th biennial MBA Program ROI rankings. Among public institutions alone, UConn ranks 12th nationally and is ranked 27th among all U.S.
institutions. UConn’s MBA Program is ranked #1 for ROI among public business schools in New England and is one of only five business schools in New England to be ranked in the top 30 nationally, along with Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT and Yale.
Undergraduate Program Ranked in Top 25 Public Biz Schools by US News & World Report
The UConn School of Business received high rankings in “America’s Best Colleges 2011” by US News & World Report, breaking into the top 25 among public business schools for the first time. The School is now ranked #24 among all public business schools, an increase of 3 spots over last year’s ranking. The School is ranked in the top 50 at the national level, and the Real Estate specialty is ranked at #9 in the nation. UConn
remains the #1 public university in New England.
Master of Science in Financial Risk Management (MSFRM) Program Launched at Stamford Campus
The School of Business officially launched its new program that offers a Master of Science in Financial Risk Management. Referred to as the MSFRM, this Stamford campus degree was several years in development and reflected corporate input which resulted in the program’s unique focus on the practical vs. the theoretical.
The focus on the practical application of existing theories also drove the planned unique classroom experience, which relies to a great extent on “Professionals in the Classroom”. This group of about 15 senior executives in the financial industry will appear in classrooms to add relevant, concrete examples of the application of theory to real world situations.
Designed as a part time, evening program so executives can attend while maintaining their positions in the financial industry, the program takes 15 months to complete and must be taken “lock-step.”
The focus on the practical application of theory, coupled with the involvement and guidance of GARP (Global Association of Risk Professionals), has resulted both in corporate interest in providing projects to students as well as prospective employment opportunities to program graduates. For more information, please visit msfrm.uconn.edu.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration to be Offered at the Regional Campuses
The University of Connecticut School of Business announces the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), a new undergraduate degree program offered at the Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury campuses. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) provides a general business major to regional campus students.
This interdisciplinary general business major will provide another option for regional campus students interested in a business major. Previously, only a Bachelor of Science in Business and Technology (BSBT) was available to undergraduate students at the regional campuses. Although the core business curriculum of the BSBA is similar to the BSBT, the BSBA requires additional work in marketing, finance and management.
The primary goal of the proposed BSBA is to prepare business leaders who are effective general managers. Therefore, this major will prepare students for broad based careers in nonprofit and public sector organizations as well as for profit businesses. Regional campus students, faculty and staff, community college faculty, high school guidance counselors and the Connecticut business community overwhelmingly support the addition of the new general Business Administration major at these regional campuses.
Well over 90% of students surveyed at the Hartford, Stamford, and Waterbury regional campuses responded positively to the proposal of offering a general Business Administration major as a second option in addition to the Business & Technology major. Over 90% of Connecticut community college respondents also supported this degree.
Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, students are well prepared for professions requiring general management competencies and knowledge. “Graduates earning business administration/management degrees saw a 4.7 percent increase to their average salary offer, raising it to $45,887. These graduates are also consistently high in demand,” according to responding National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2009 employers. Business administration and management is also ranked top 5 in demand according to this research. For more information, please visit The Office of Undergraduate Advising.
MBA Program Redesign Features a Career-Centric Curriculum
The School of Business is launching its highly anticipated redesign for the full-time MBA program in Storrs this Fall. The new structure features a more personalized, career-centric curriculum that gives MBA candidates a larger say in their academic plan.
Designed over a two-year period, the new curriculum will restructure traditional concentrations such as finance, management, marketing, information technology and real estate, allowing students to develop more individualized plans of study within those broader disciplines.
The underlying principle of the redesign is to have students more closely tailor their course work to their long-term career paths, preparing for a job market where increased cross-specialization is becoming more prevalent. The concept of individualized concentrations is on the cutting edge of MBA curriculum design and is currently rare among MBA programs across the country.
The new design also requires students to participate in experiential learning projects in one or more of the Business School’s learning accelerators. Not only does the new curriculum keep UConn’s MBA education relevant and fresh, but it also significantly differentiates UConn MBAs in the marketplace – providing them with an extra edge for professional success. For more information, please visit mba.uconn.edu.
The UConn School of Business Institutionalizes Strategic Global Partnerships
The University of Connecticut School of Business has been working to solidify strategic global partnerships with international business schools. Although the School has enjoyed
relationships with international schools in varying capacities, this past year, the School has taken the important step in institutionalizing the partnerships to further gain international recognition, generate top-quality academic research on global business problems, and have a real-world impact on business practice and education worldwide.
The School currently has official partnerships with the following institutions:
- Australian National University
- Beijing Jiaotong University, School of Economics and Management
- Indian Institute of Management
- Management Development Institute
- National Taiwan University
- Sabanci University, Faculty of Management
- Shandong University, School of Management
- S.P. Jain Center of Management
- United Arab Emirates University, College of Business and Economics
Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates