Loyola University Maryland's Sellinger School of Business and Management has announced the launch of a new master of business administration program—a full-time, 12-month curriculum designed for exceptional students who have recently completed their undergraduate degrees.
The Emerging Leaders MBA (ELMBA) will welcome its first cohort class, which will be capped at 40 students, in August 2010. The small class size is an essential component of this highly interactive program. Applications, which program leaders hope to attract from a national pool of highly qualified prospective students, will be due Feb. 1, 2010, with admission decisions made by March 15.
The 18-course, 46-credit program offers an integrated curriculum that blends traditional MBA coursework with significant experiential learning, including engagement with area businesses, business plan development, domestic and international field studies, and live case consulting. The ELMBA will be offered at Loyola's Columbia Graduate Center.
Unlike the Sellinger School's existing MBA programs, which focus on working professionals with at least two years of experience, the Emerging Leaders MBA targets students enrolling directly from undergraduate programs as well as those with a year or more of work or service experience.
"We know that there is a large group of high-achieving undergraduate students and recent graduates eager to begin the next phase of their business educations as soon as possible," said Karyl B. Leggio, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management. "The Emerging Leaders MBA will give them the opportunity to move quickly into an advanced degree program and gain a considerable advantage in the job market in just a single year. The program's unique design develops both students' academic skill sets as well as their experience in management and leadership roles through engagement in the business community, mentoring opportunities, international study, and consulting projects. This combination ensures that our students develop the blend of academic and practical expertise so critical to professional success."
Prospective students must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) to be considered for the program. Program leaders expect most successful applicants to have GMAT scores of 550 or higher and a strong undergraduate grade point average. Students are expected to have completed a slate of foundational business courses before classes begin, so the ELMBA may be most suitable for undergraduate business majors and minors. There will be a boot camp prior to the beginning of the coursework for those without a background in business.
"This program is designed for truly exceptional students who want to attain the best business education possible before entering the workforce," said Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, J.D., professor of law and social responsibility at Loyola, who will serve as the Emerging Leaders MBA program's academic director. "We're looking for an inaugural class of ambitious, highly motivated students who are excited about taking on a significant academic opportunity and challenge."
The program's $55,000 tuition is all-inclusive, covering all courses, fees, books, an opening residency, and international and domestic travel associated with the program.
For more information on the Emerging Leaders MBA, please visit www.loyola.edu/elmba or contact program director Ann Attanasio at 410-617-2308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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