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Mount Launches MBA Program

Oct. 1, 2007 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) is launching a Master of Business Administration degree program beginning in fall 2008. The program will be offered on weekends and features a cross-disciplinary curriculum and a study-abroad requirement.

Mount Saint Mary’s University brings a 60-year history of excellence in business education to the new MBA program and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 20 regional universities with master's programs in the west for 2008. "This new graduate business program builds on the strengths of faculty in the Business Administration Department," said College Provost Eleanor Siebert. "The MBA joins the Mount's current six graduate degree programs designed to promote leadership and foster a spirit of service to others."

Mark Alhanati, chair of MSMU's Business Administration Department, said, "This program is aimed to answer the criticism that MBA program graduates are not able to solve complex, ambiguous problems that cut across different areas."

MSMU's innovative MBA curriculum recognizes that leaders do not deal with single issues in an isolated, sequential, and orderly fashion. Rather they deal with a multitude of challenges and priorities—and often are called upon to make decisions with incomplete information. To reflect this reality, the MBA program emphasizes broad themes that integrate multiple disciplines, providing an education that will allow graduates to effectively and creatively address the challenges and complexities of today's global business environment.

Added faculty member Janet Robinson, who leads the program as its first director: "Having our students achieve success, whether it is in non-profit management, health care management, entrepreneurship, or organizational leadership is our goal."

The program will immerse students in an international market as a complement to coursework. In 2009, for example, MBA students will examine global competition in a nine-day guided exploration of China. With a rapidly evolving economy and growing geopolitical influence, China holds many of the world's most dynamic regions.

Each incoming class will form a cohort of 20 to 30 students who will move together through the curriculum, earning an MBA degree after four trimesters (15 months).

For more information on the MBA, visit or call 213.477.2799.

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