School of Management: Graduate Programs
Welcome to the School of Management, where all our academic programs aim to educate students on how to harness information and knowledge on prevalent trends that impact business sustainability and growth in the 21st century. Our programs, accredited by AACSB and STEM certified, specifically focus on:
- Globalization and the resulting increase in market diversity
- Opportunity for innovation that derives from these expanded opportunities
- The power of technology’s transformational effect on business within this environment
The School of Management’s mission moving forward encompasses emphasizing activities and educational opportunities that are:
- Unique and innovative
- Inclusive and engaging
- Experiential in nature
- Highly personalized and impactful
- Entrepreneurial and career oriented
All students will utilize this knowledge to develop integrative strategic initiatives that support business development, add value to an organization, and serve their community. Resulting academic programs also reflect the viewpoints of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and other accrediting organizations and perspectives of external and internal stakeholder groups, and both support and advance the school’s “Statements of Identification,” which include vision, mission, and campaign statements. These latter elements inform a well-balanced but diverse and comprehensive portrait of the school’s long-term, medium-term, and short-term strategies, and planning activities. All School of Management graduate programs are accredited by the AACSB in New York and across all global campus locations.
Students who graduate from the School of Management will join alumni who have achieved significant distinctions as entrepreneurs and in the workforce. We look forward to hearing of the lifelong achievements of our alumni and the distinctive milestones they’ve attained in support of professional aspirations.
Administration and Professional Staff
The school’s administrative team oversees program delivery and other functions necessary to effectively deliver the school’s activities. The professional staff provides services to all stakeholder groups that the school supports, including students, alumni, business leaders, and faculty. Together the administration and professional staff of the school take a student-centric approach to their responsibilities, always with consideration to student needs and stakeholder values.
- Deborah Y. Cohn, Interim Dean, and Director of the John Rebecchi Professional Enrichment Program
- Rakesh Mittal, Continuance of Operations Leadership Team, and Director of Faculty Affairs
- Prabhakar Gantasala, Continuance of Operations Leadership Team, Director of MBA Program, Director of Accreditation Maintenance and Chairperson, Quality Assurance
- Diamando Afxentiou, Continuance of Operations Leadership Team and Director of Student Affairs
- Birasnav Muthuraj, Director Riyaz Akhtar Experiential Education Program, and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
- JK Yun, Director BSBA Program
- Maya Kroumova, Director MSRM Program
- Raj Tibrewala, Director: Assessment Analytics and Goal Validation System (GVS)
- Scott Liu, Executive Associate Dean and Co-director, Center for International Business Studies
- Sinan Caykoylu, Assistant Dean (Vancouver)
- Joshua Bienstock, Chairperson, Adjunct Faculty Council
- Cheryl Gao, Director, Center for Risk Management Studies
- Colleen Kirk, Director, Indirect Assessment
- Shaya Sheikh, Director of Accreditation Analytics
- Derrick Webster, Co-Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
- Joyce Chiu, Director, Center for International Business Studies (CIBS)
- Constance Canning, Executive Assistant to the Dean
- Konstance Teleisha, Coordinator for Faculty and M.B.A. Program Coordinator
- Patricia Brustman, Coordinator for Professional Development and Staff Associate (Human Resource Management and Law)
- Patthara Chandaragga, Student Advisement Specialist
- Maria Dinanno, Staff Associate, Student Advisement Specialist
- Joyce Chiu, Coordinator for China Programs
- William Ninehan, Director of Human Resources Program Development and External Relations
- James Wightman, Director, Student Success
Departments and Faculty
The organization of the school encourages empowerment across its constituent faculty through the disaggregation of responsibilities into departments. Departments work collaboratively to advance the school’s mission while simultaneously working independently toward creating a specific niche and distinctive competencies to ensure student and stakeholder success within the areas that are overseen.
Each department includes faculty members from all campus locations where the School of Management delivers its academic programs. This ensures a broad and diverse set of perspectives that impact positively on (a) curriculum development that includes a strong and uniform core component that forms the common experience for all students, regardless of location, and (b) highly contextualized curriculum elements embedded throughout the courses that are localized to the specific needs of the local business community where the program is delivered.
Statements of Identification
With the goal of guiding the long-, mid-, and short-term priorities and initiatives for the school and its stakeholders, these statements send a signal to the community of both the standards of best practice that the school shares in common with, as well as the distinctive competencies that separate it in unique ways from its competitive set, and both peer and aspirant institutions of higher learning.
Vision and Mission Statements
The School of Management mission, to “provide high quality, career-advancing business education opportunities within the context of a dynamic, technologically enabled, and global business environment,” supports the school’s vision to “be a preeminent and distinguishable leader among institutions of higher education in the provision of internationally based academic business programs.”
Unique and Innovative Business Education Programs
The School of Management operationalizes the school’s mission through signaling its commitment to excellence by empowering students with:
- Business Technology
- Experiential Education
- Professional Enrichment
- Entrepreneurship and Career Orientation
- Student Advancement
Business Technology is closely aligned with the professional workspace, and includes Bloomberg, Compustat, E-Views, Peachtree, Oracle/Peoplesoft, and SPSS, among others. In this way, students harness the transformational impact of technology on business with the long-term objective of creating value-adding contributions to their own businesses and that of their employers, upon graduation.
Experiential Education complements in-class instruction in diverse ways, including academic service learning, study abroad, faculty-mentored research, internships, solving real world current business challenges, and interacting directly with business leaders and industry partners. Interested students should speak directly to either their faculty advisor or the School of Management Director for Experiential Education to discuss specific opportunities that are currently being offered each semester.
The Professional Enrichment Program complements traditional pedagogy with supplemental experiences during which our students meet and network with area specialists, learn from business leaders, and are exposed to contemporary and cutting edge business issues that are not otherwise discussed in an academic curriculum. In this way students are exposed to those issues that currently impact local and global business enterprise, from the perspective of business leaders, with insights and perspectives offered that can be integrated into student academic studies and professional endeavors. Secondly, the program offers workshops and activities designed to strengthen the professional polish of the student. These include the “mocktail social,” “dress for success seminar,” and “business etiquette workshop,” among others. Interested students should speak directly to either their faculty advisor or the School of Management Director of Professional Enrichment to discuss specific opportunities that are currently being offered each semester.
Entrepreneurship and Career Orientation involves all course-level learning goals which are designed to support industry-driven objectives, and are referenced by entrepreneurs and executives in the employment market. In this way, the school’s academic programs are entrepreneurship and career oriented and designed to strengthen student business creation, job placement and advancement in the workforce.
The Student Advancement Program supports the school’s commitment to student engagement in their educational experiences, cooperative learning, community engagement, and personal growth. The co-curricular program sponsors activities that engage students across varied platforms with their peers, faculty and staff, community members, and industry partners. Whether it is by way of clubs and honor societies, or field trips to the stock exchange, the program seeks out those activities that bring stakeholder groups together for the purpose of creating a vibrant community with synergies that advance the academic and professional aspirations of all participants. Interested students should speak directly to their faculty advisor or the School of Management Executive Director of Student Advancement for activities that are available each semester.
School of Management Assurance of Learning
Students and organizations expect an assurance that graduates of the School of Management are achieving the stated learning goals of the program. In this spirit, the educational approach taken is one that is outcomes-based. That is, student-learning outcomes are created across every course to validate and support achievement of programmatic, concentration-specific, and course-level learning goals. These outcomes also strengthen the student’s ability to make value-adding contributions to an organization.
Moreover, as previously mentioned, course-level learning goals and related outcomes for each class are designed to include invariant, contextual, and instructor-specific categories. In this way students receive learning experiences that are uniform across sections (invariant), globalized (contextual), and niche specific (instructor-specific), focusing on the specific domain expertise of the instructor.
Student progress is monitored not only by way of the “grade” in the course or for any class requirement, but also through “scores” that translate student achievement across the various learning goals in the program, area of study, or course level. An “assessment scorecard” is provided to students so that they may review their progress in the academic program against the various goals (at the program, major, and course level). Students also receive informal marks on assignments and other class requirements for the purpose of formative assessment, providing a continuous set of inputs that do not directly impact the course grade, but serve as a guide to help students prioritize their effort toward those specific areas that ensure effective learning.
Finally, the School of Management continually updates its curriculum so that it is both contemporary and competitive. Outcomes assessment is continuous, and inputs from students and all stakeholders are utilized to both revise academic programs as well as externally reference the curriculum for relevancy.