Curricular & Student Updates
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Last year we had the opportunity to implement new ideas for how we structure the full-time MBA curriculum. The idea worked well, and we’re pleased to share our module system has returned for the 2018-2019 year.
The module system is similar to the “quarter system” many schools and universities have used in the past, however with modules we are able to do be more flexible with several learning approaches. The specialization courses continue to be offered at a full semester length allowing for depth and consistency. We have a new Leadership Symposium in its own week dividing the first and second core modules each semester which allows the students to focus on their leadership learning and reflection. The first seven weeks of MBA Care include Financial Accounting, Data to Decisions, and Leading and Working in Teams, while the final seven weeks include Marketing Management, Operations Management, and Introduction to Financial Management. The semester moves fast, as always but this mixed approach is delivering as intended.
The Spring semester of the first year holds a slight tweak. The first seven week include Strategic Management and Ethics, Integrity, and Society. Economics for Managers is split between micro- and macro-economics into two five-week sessions. Some of our recent graduates will remember the Integrated Company Analysis (ICA) which was a major part of the fall semester – this has now been moved to the second half of the spring semester allowing students to incorporate all of their MBA care into the ICA analysis. The ICA project is now with a corporate partner so the MBA students address a current, real business challenge. Last year we worked with Medtronic, who was so pleased with the recommendations and results that they decided to return with a new challenge for the Spring 2019 course.
We are always making efforts to keep curriculum as up to date as possible with the evolving industry demands placed on business. Those efforts extend beyond the core curriculum into the electives offered. Moving into the current academic year we have the pleasure of sharing with you great additions, which include both quantitative and qualitative learning opportunities. Two exciting courses added to the list include the Marketing Practicum and Machine Learning.
Student Leadership Updates:
Additionally, congratulations to those students who are now in leadership positions across the MBA.
- Paras Bansal: Community Chair, GBA
- Emily Litvak & Dani Klunk: Social Chairs, GBA
- Bryson Smith: Communications Chair, GMN
- Ty Vaughn: Vice President, GMN
We are very excited for all the great things happening to keep propelling the Wisconsin MBA program forward. On, Wisconsin!