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New MBA Curriculum FAQs

 

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  1. What is different about the “new” curriculum?
  2. Why is the curriculum changing?
  3. How does it affect current students?
  4. If I started the program this year (2012-13 academic year), can I transfer to the new curriculum? How can I do that? Will I get credit for all the courses I’ve completed?
  5. What courses should I take if I want to make the switch to the new curriculum? How many courses will I need to complete to obtain my degree in the new curriculum?
  6. Is there anyone I can meet with to discuss my particular classes and how I might make the transition to the new curriculum? Can I schedule some time to meet with an advisor to discuss my options?
  7. Will there be concentrations in the new curriculum and if so, what concentration areas will be offered?
  8. May I complete more than one concentration?
  9. If I choose to finish my degree under the current curriculum, how long will the courses be offered? If there is a course I need to complete my degree under the old curriculum and it is no longer offered, what options do I have? Will electives for past concentrations still be offered so I may complete a concentration in the old curriculum?
  10. If I choose to finish my degree under the old curriculum, may I opt to do one of the new concentrations?
  11. How does the new curriculum affect JD/MBA students who only take 12 elective units in the MBA program?
  12. For students finishing in Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2014, or Winter 2014 – Will the curriculum change have a significant impact on my finishing the program?
  13. How will my class schedule change? Days? Times? Course offerings? Some courses in the new curriculum are 4 units classes – how will that affect scheduling?
  14. A limited number of core classes in the new core curriculum are taught as 20 week cohort classes. What if I start a cohort class and find that I cannot complete the second 20 weeks with my cohort?
  15. I’ve noticed two sets of numbering for the classes being offered. 3-digit courses and 4-digit courses. Which ones do I take?
  16. I’ve noticed new numbering for the core and elective courses being offered. Is there any logic to the numbering?
  17. I was reviewing the schedule and noticed numbers representing the concentrations. Is there anything I need to know about this?
  18. I understand that the old core courses will have limited if any offerings after Spring 2014. I’ve decided to remain in the current curriculum. Is there any advice as to what courses I should take this year?
  19. I’m remaining in the current curriculum and have a number of courses to complete before I can take capstone. If capstone is phased out before I am eligible, what are my options?
  20. I’m switching to the 2013 curriculum and am curious about the concentrations. Do I need to declare a concentration or can I wait until I’m farther along in the curriculum?
  21. I began the program and waived out of FNCE 451 or ECON 405 or MKTG 551. What are my options for completing my core requirements?
  22. To help me manage my course load/course expectations, are syllabi available for the new courses and if so, how do I get them?
  23. I’m switching to the 2013 curriculum and am considering doing a Master’s Thesis. Is this possible?

 

 

  1. What is different about the “new” curriculum?

    The new curriculum involves changes to the graduation requirements for students starting the MBA programs in fall 2013 and beyond. Graduation requirements for current students are not changing. The new core curriculum is a revision, rather than a substantial replacement of prior content. We are rearranging and adding content to create a Business Communications course, an innovation course, and a new ending experience for students. The finance and marketing content will be repositioned and delivered more efficiently, while accounting and management requirements will be integrated to enhance comprehension. Students will have greater opportunities for networking through mini-cohort experiences. These changes will be effective beginning in 2013-14.

  2. Why is the curriculum changing?

    Though faculty and departments have revised course offerings and content continuously as business conditions and student needs have changed, it becomes necessary to undertake larger revisions from time to time. We have an opportunity to streamline our core offerings, and rearrange content in a way that we expect to be more accessible and efficient for student learning. We expect these changes will allow us to continue to be responsive to the business environment, and to provide students with an active learning experience that continues to have real-world applicability.

  3. How does it affect current students?

    There will not necessarily be any impact on your planned program of study in the MBA program. Current students have the opportunity to elect the new graduation requirements or stay with the old graduation requirements. We will work with students who choose to adopt the new requirements to make the transition as seamless as possible. If you are close to completing your program, you may choose not to make a change, but are free to take advantage of new courses as they become available. Continuing students remaining on their current pathway will be able to complete their program of study as originally envisioned.

  4. If I started the program this year (2012-13 academic year), can I transfer to the new curriculum? How can I do that? Will I get credit for all the courses I’ve completed?

    Yes, students beginning in the 2012-13 year will have the opportunity to opt into the new curriculum. One-on-one advising sessions will be offered later in the year to help students map their completed classes into the new curriculum, and at that time you will be asked to indicate your preferred path. Whether you adopt the new requirements or continue with the existing requirements, you will receive credit for courses you have already completed.

  5. What courses should I take if I want to make the switch to the new curriculum? How many courses will I need to complete to obtain my degree in the new curriculum?

    If you are switching to the 2013 curriculum and have already completed the first of the below listed classes, you must complete the second of the below listed classes prior to the end of the spring 2014 term.

    if this course has been completed, then this course needs to be completed, too.
    ACTG 300 ACTG 302
    ECON 401 ECON 405
    FNCE 451 FNCE 455
    MKTG 501 MKTG 503
    MKTG 551 MKTG 553
    OMIS 353 OMIS 355

     

    if you haven't taken these classes, then you can take these 2013 classes
    FNCE 451 FNCE 455 FNCE 35452
    MKTG 551 MKTG 553 MGTG 3552
  6. Is there anyone I can meet with to discuss my particular classes and how I might make the transition to the new curriculum?

    Each MBA student’s situation and goals are likely to be different and we encourage you to take advantage of drop in academic advising to discuss your plan. Monday through Thursday when classes are in session, Eric Hagan holds drop in advising starting at 3 p.m. and the last drop in being taken at 5 p.m. The only requirements are 1) to print your transcript from ecampus and 2) to check in at the front desk of Lucas Hall, room 116.
    Students who have taken a substantial number of elective units prior to completing the core may find it more difficult to move into the new curriculum.

  7. Will there be concentrations in the new curriculum and if so, what concentration areas will be offered?

    Yes. Earning a concentration is required in the 2013 MBA curriculum. Concentrations available include Data Science & Business Analytics, Doing Business in the International Context, Financial Planning and Control, Corporate Finance and Investments, and Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation. Some of these are similar to existing concentrations, but the number of classes required is higher (5 vs. 4) and the structure of the concentrations places more emphasis on deep knowledge and career competencies.

  8. May I complete more than one concentration?

    One concentration is required for students under the new curriculum and will be reflected on your final transcript. If a second concentration is completed, it will not be on the student’s transcript. The intention of the new concentration structure is to equip students with a deep understanding of a particular area of specialization and to more closely align the concentrations with particular career paths. Faculty concentration coordinators can help you decide if a specific concentration is appropriate for you and your career goals.

  9. If I choose to finish my degree under the current curriculum, how long will the courses be offered? If there is a course I need to complete my degree under the old curriculum and it is no longer offered, what options do I have? Will electives for past concentrations still be offered so I may complete a concentration in the old curriculum?

    We are committed to enabling current students to complete their programs of study in a timely manner. In the event that a specific course in no longer available, we will work with you to identify an equivalent course.

  10. If I choose to finish my degree under the old curriculum, may I opt to do one of the new concentrations?

    You may always elect to take a course for which you meet the pre-requisites, but if you remain under the current curriculum, the concentration reflected on your transcript will reflect those under the current concentration structure. If you have a strong desire to complete a new concentration, you should meet with an advisor to explore the possibility of completing the new curriculum.

  11. How does the new curriculum affect JD/MBA students who only take 12 elective units in the MBA program?

    JD/MBA students will complete a concentration, with up to three units (1 law school class) accepted for the concentration being made up of a class or classes completed in the Law School. Only certain concentrations would be available for completion under this alternative.

    A student who wishes to do a concentration other than those previously approved will be required to take 3 additional units beyond the 70 required to graduate.

    The Business School will continue to accept 12 quarter units of credit from course work completed in the Law School

  12. For students finishing in Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Fall 2014, or Winter 2014 – Will the curriculum change have a significant impact on my finishing the program?

    No. Students nearing completion will not experience any adverse changes because of the new curriculum, but may have the opportunity to take advantage of new elective courses beginning Winter 2014.

  13. How will my class schedule change? Days? Times? Course offerings? Some courses in the new curriculum are 4 units classes – how will that affect scheduling?

    Courses will continue to be offered MW and TTH at 5:45 and 7:20 and core classes will continue to be offered in a variety of time slots. The 4 unit classes are intended to allow for short, limited, alternative meetings to be held, to facilitate case discussions, simulations or presentations that require longer meetings to be effective. These will be scheduled in advance at times that do not interfere with other classes.

  14. A limited number of core classes in the new core curriculum are taught as 20 week cohort classes. What if I start a cohort class and find that I cannot complete the second 20 weeks with my cohort?

    We believe that participation in the 20 week cohort sequences reinforces concepts and principles, integrates content and learning, and allows for greater networking opportunities. In addition, we believe the 2 quarter integrated cohort classes allow students to better plan for 20 week periods, and assure enrollment in continuing classes. As always, students with drastic changes in circumstances should consult with an advisor to determine the best course of action.

  15. I’ve noticed two sets of numbering for the classes being offered. 3-digit courses and 4-digit courses. Which ones do I take?

    As we transition to the 2013 curriculum, we will be offering courses with 3-digit numbers and 4-digit numbers. During this next year, we will continue to offer the 3-digit courses for those following the current curriculum. Those students beginning in fall 2013 or switching to the new curriculum will be asked to register for the 4-digit courses. As demand for the courses from the old curriculum decreases, we will phase out the courses from the old curriculum until we are only offering the 4-digit courses.

  16. I’ve noticed new numbering for the core and elective courses being offered. Is there any logic to the numbering?

    All courses being offered in the new curriculum are assigned a 3000 series number. Most of the new core courses have been assigned new numbers. Elective courses in the 2013 curriculum will add a 3 to the front of the existing number.

    The pre-program competency of calculus (OMIS 351) will remain numbered as is.

  17. I was reviewing the schedule and noticed numbers representing the concentrations. Is there anything I need to know about this?

    In the past we have indicated which concentrations the various electives fulfill. With the two sets of concentrations, we have opted to utilize a corresponding number system. To help you track the elective options for your desired concentration (in either curricula), simply fill in the circle of the corresponding number.

  18. I understand that the old core courses will have limited if any offerings after Spring 2014. I’ve decided to remain in the current curriculum. Is there any advice as to what courses I should take this year?

    Given that we are in a year of transition, it might be best to focus on completing your core courses first. Many of the courses are offered multiple times in the year which will give you more opportunities to complete them. If you are unable to complete your core courses before they are phased out, we are committed to assisting you and will help you identify appropriate courses to complete your degree.

    To that extent, you’ll want to be sure to complete the first two core courses in ACTG, OMIS, MGMT, and ECON.

  19. I’m remaining in the current curriculum and have a number of courses to complete before I can take capstone. If capstone is phased out before I am eligible, what are my options?

    You will have a two distinct options. One option is to enroll in the 4-unit Strategic Analysis Course (MGMT 3519). This course is exactly the same as capstone in the 2013 curriculum, with a few additional requirements. If you end up enrolling in MGMT 3519, you’ll also have the option of doing one less unit in your electives or exceeding the 70 unit degree requirement.

  20. I’m switching to the 2013 curriculum and am curious about the concentrations. Do I need to declare a concentration or can I wait until I’m farther along in the curriculum?

    For planning purposes, we are asking all students who are switching to the 2013 curriculum to declare a concentration in Fall 2013. This will allow the academic departments to plan out the electives that will fulfill the concentration requirements. Also, our concentration advisors and our Career Management team will be planning concentration specific events.

    Should you decide to switch concentrations, you may do so at any time by contacting the GBP Office.

  21. I began the program and waived out of FNCE 451 or ECON 405 or MKTG 551. What are my options for completing my core requirements?

    If FNCE 451 waived, then you complete FNCE 455 or FNCE 3452.
    If MKTG 551 waived, then you complete MKTG 553 or MKTG 3552.
    If ECON 405 waived, then you complete ECON 401 or ECON 3400 and ECON 3402.

  22. To help me manage my course load/course expectations, are syllabi available for the new courses and if so, how do I get them?

    You can always start by contacting the GBP Office at gbpsupportandrecords@scu.edu. The GBP Office will have access to some syllabi. You may also contact the instructor or the academic department directly.

  23. I’m switching to the 2013 curriculum and am considering doing a Master’s Thesis. Is this possible?

    It is not possible to do a Master’s Thesis in place of the Strategy course (MGMT 3519) as it was in the old curriculum. However, you may do an Independent Study to earn elective credit.

 

 
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