With an already successful track record of producing CEOs, CFOs and entrepreneurs, the UTSA College of Business is making both small shifts as well as bold leaps to enhance and expand the college’s graduate business offerings.
Focused on providing students with skillsets that are in high demand within the business industry, Dean Wm. Gerard Sanders has outlined a plan to increase graduate enrollments by adding new graduate programs and reformatting current degree programs to meet employer needs.
“Today’s dynamic workplace needs an educational partner who can be agile and respond to the ever-changing market,” said Sanders. “We can deliver unparalleled value by focusing on providing educational programs that supply students with both technical skills that can be implemented immediately in the workplace and professional skills in areas of high-workforce demand.”
With 701 graduate students, the College of Business offers 10 graduate programs including our signature MBA program as well as master’s degrees in areas such as accounting, applied statistics, economics and finance. Below, read about new degree programs in the college as well as programs that have been recently restructured.
Sixty-three students began this fall as part of the first class of the new Master of Science in Data Analytics program.
“We’re excited about the response we received to this program from both students and the business community,” said Max Kilger, director of the Data Analytics program. “There is a tremendous demand and need for data analysts.”
Offered in both daytime and evening cohorts, students are becoming data savvy professionals and learning the latest tools, techniques and applications used to transform data into meaningful information.
Our program is unique because it leverages the College of Business’ strengths in cyber security, marketing analytics and statistics to provide students with the opportunity to study the latest communication and visualization technologies so that they can assist senior business executives in making informed decisions.
Transferring the knowledge from the classroom to application, students will participate in practicum experiences in which they complete real analytical projects for business clients. The daytime cohort will graduate in Summer 2017.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS
Completing their second semester of classes, the inaugural 31-member cohort of Master of Science in Business students includes a diverse class with educational backgrounds in 17 different majors including such fields as biology, communications, kinesiology and psychology.
Designed for undergraduates who have completed a degree in a field outside of business, the one-year program challenges students to turn their passion into profits as they develop cutting-edge business acumen and critical thinking skills.
“In today’s environment, the reality is that you need a master’s degree no matter what career you go into,” said Daniel Davied, director of multidisciplinary graduate business programs.
“Students will need to be able to use and speak the language of business if they want to prosper.”
The intensive business curriculum includes quantitative analysis, organizational behavior, financial accounting, marketing management and effective negotiating. Recruiting has already begun for the next cohort which begins in Summer 2017.
The Executive MBA is the most prestigious of the College of Business graduate programs. Over the past year the curriculum has shifted to combine theoretical topics with practical applications that address contemporary and relevant issues facing today’s business professional.
The primary focus of the program is to provide executives with the tools and understanding to successfully lead their organizations.
“Today’s business leaders face a complex environment which demands knowledge of all aspects of the organization,” said Bruce Rudy, assistant professor of management and EMBA faculty member. “The highly integrated EMBA curriculum delivers this knowledge in an engaging format where students learn from each other and their professors.”
The 21-month program for seasoned professionals has grown to 45 students for the Fall 2016 cohort—the largest class in program history.
With a faculty comprised predominantly of academic scholars that have years of industry experience, the EMBA emphasizes both the “why” and “how” of business.
“We provide students with practical business tools that can be applied the moment they leave the classroom,” said Rudy.
Reflecting industry demands, the college’s graduate programs in cyber security have grown 150 percent in the past three years. Most of this growth can be attributed to UTSA’s No. 1 ranking by the Ponemon Institute as the top cyber security program in the country.
As part of the Master of Science in Information Technology degree program, the College of Business offers hands-on and applied training for students as they study biometrics, data mining, intrusion detection and cyber forensics in state-of-the-art cyber security laboratories.
Recent graduates of the program are highly sought out and have been placed in government and private sector positions with such employers as Chevron, FireEye, H-E-B, Mandiant, National Security Agency, PwC, Rackspace, Raytheon, USAA and many others.
With plans to launch a new MBA program in 2017, faculty members met over the summer to critically examine the MBA program and determine where the market is currently and where it is going.
“Our main objective is to create a high-quality, flagship program for the College of Business,” said Karan Bhanot, chair of the MBA committee and chair of the Department of Finance.
Laying the groundwork for historic changes to the program, the committee is considering curriculum updates, the addition of a cohort experience and changes in program delivery and structure as part of the new MBA format.
“We are revamping the strategic alignment of the program to meet the changing business environment,” said Pamela Smith, associate dean of graduate studies. “We also plan on enhancing the experiential learning component of the MBA program.”
In order to align the curriculum to business needs, alumni, business leaders and key stakeholders are being surveyed to assess what skills are critical to the MBA experience.
MEETING OUR GOALS
Training the next generation of business professionals, managers, executives and wealth creators, the College of Business is leveling up to provide a top-tier educational experience for all students while meeting the growing needs of the business community we serve.