Lisle, Illinois ~ Being good at one or two things doesn't cut it anymore. Today's business manager has to be informed, able to wear many hats and willing to adapt to changing dynamics in the workplace.
The Benedictine University Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is changing, too. Benedictine is adding more courses, offering new concentrations and providing greater delivery flexibility so students can get the information they need in a format that works best for their busy schedules.
"We continue to evolve the M.B.A. program to meet the needs of students and the business world," said Sharon Borowicz, M.B.A. department chair. "By adding courses, enhancing flexibility and offering new concentrations, we are building upon our reputation of providing a highly competitive and respected education."
Seven new courses are being added to a program that already features more than 50 electives – more than most comparable M.B.A. programs. The new courses include one in accounting for non-financial managers, three in taxation and three that are geared for managing nonprofit organizations.
Adding more courses will allow students to customize their M.B.A. program to fit their specific needs. For example, a student could substitute a class on legal issues in the workplace for organizational behavior, or they could choose to take managerial accounting or business law.
Benedictine is also offering a new concentration in nonprofit management to its M.B.A. program and a concentration in taxation to its closely-aligned Master of Science (M.S.) in Accountancy program.
"The new courses and concentrations, particularly in taxation, reflect the changes that are taking place in the business world," John Draut, director of the M.S. in Accountancy program and instructor in the M.B.A. program. "Today, managers have to be 'jacks of all trades.' That is why we are also including more courses in strategy and accountability."
Benedictine students also have more choices on how they earn an M.B.A. The exclusive "matinee" format allows students to take a class from 3:00-6:00 p.m. one weekday per week. They can combine that with an evening class from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on the same day to eliminate the need to travel to campus two nights per week to complete the same coursework.
"By allowing students to take a class in the afternoon and in the evening, they can cut the number of days they have to come to campus in half," said Susan Stackley, associate director of the M.B.A. program at Benedictine University. "They will save a little money on gas, too."
Benedictine's M.B.A. program has been preparing students for managerial roles in corporate and human service organizations for 40 years by providing a collaborative educational experience that imparts superior, practical management skills, orients learners to best business practices, and instills a sense of personal and lifelong commitment to improving leadership.
More than 90 percent of Benedictine M.B.A. students report they are highly satisfied with their education experience and career preparation. Benedictine students also outperform their global competitors in several key areas including leadership, teamwork, financial management, marketing strategy and corporate responsibility (www.ben.edu/learningoutcomes).
"Our students are highly satisfied because we provide them with more options and the ability to customize their coursework," Stackley said. "We offer them some additional flexibility so they can shape the program to meet their personal and professional needs. The new classes and our matinee schedule add great value for our students."
For more information about the M.B.A. or graduate Accountancy programs at Benedictine University, call (630) 829-6300.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 15 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country's fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the fourth consecutive year in 2014. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the sixth largest in the Chicago area in 2014.