June 15, 2010

Business school announces new programs

Posted: June 15, 2010
Beth Walker, associate dean for the W. P. Carey MBA
Beth Walker, associate dean for the W. P. Carey MBA, is helping to introduce innovative new leadership coursework, "sustainable" business courses, international electives and scholarship opportunities at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

As people around the world decide to “go green,” businesses also are working to conserve energy and make our natural resources last longer. In order to prepare students to help their companies become more sustainable, the W. P. Carey School of Business is introducing sustainability as one of its new areas of emphasis for MBA students. Innovative new leadership coursework, international electives and scholarship opportunities also are being introduced this fall.

“Success in business or nearly any field requires sophisticated leadership capability, so we work to attract the best possible students and help them appeal to future employers through business knowledge, skill and world-class leadership,” said W. P. Carey School of Business Dean Robert Mittelstaedt. “Updates to our programs further enhance our focus on leadership and sustainability practices.”

The school already features a full-time MBA program ranked Top 30 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and an evening program ranked among the Top 20 “part-time MBA” programs in the country. MBA students can get a high-caliber core business degree with the ability to take elective courses in an area of emphasis, including finance, entrepreneurship, health care management, international business, marketing and supply chain management. Starting in the fall, they also will be able to choose sustainability or information management, two fields in which the job markets are very appealing.

The school’s online MBA program is adding marketing, supply chain management, finance and international business to its choices for areas of emphasis. Scholarship opportunities are also being made available for the first time to students applying for both the evening and online MBA programs at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

“We want to make sure great, qualified students can access all of our MBA programs, so we developed these new scholarship options,” said Rudy Pino, director of admissions for the W. P. Carey MBA.

The school also is infusing a significant leadership component throughout its MBA programs. For example, in the evening MBA program, top instructors will teach workshops in subjects, such as ethical leadership, conflict management, dealing with failure, team effectiveness, and influence and persuasion. MBA students can opt to enroll in this “leadership experience” and can choose to make leadership an area of emphasis, as well.

“We want to provide a leadership option that goes beyond just having our students take leadership classes,” said Beth Walker, associate dean for the W. P. Carey MBA. “We are going to immerse students in a 360-degree peer review process. They will also do individual assessments after every leadership workshop, which will include faculty feedback. The goal is to involve self-reflection and to assess what the students are gaining from the beginning to the end of the MBA program for use in their careers.”

The W. P. Carey School of Business is also adding two new international electives to its popular lineup. Students already have the option of studying in countries, including India, Argentina, China, France, Austria and Spain. The new offerings are “Culture, Creativity and Innovation in Italy” and “Successful Leadership in Europe,” which will be taught in Germany.

Debbie Freeman, Debbie.Freeman@asu.edu
(480) 965-9271
Communications Manager, W. P. Carey School of Business