Exciting Curriculum Changes!

By: Rebekah Lewin

Earlier this week, the Admissions office welcomed 122 full-time MBA students and 131 MS students to the Simon School community.  Our incoming MBA’s will be the first to take advantage of some exciting curriculum changes that were developed based on feedback from key external stake holders, student surveys, and benchmarking the curricula at other top business schools. Key highlights include:

Experience Simon Modules—Putting Theory into Effective Practice. The Experience Simon Modules are designed to better show how the core Simon educational framework applies to your desired profession. These modules will be led by faculty, with substantial participation from business practitioners who have successfully applied the Simon framework to solving real-world business problems in fields such as finance, marketing, and consulting.  The modules are designed to provide additional preparation prior to your summer internship.  For this reason, the first set of modules will include a focus in areas such as: Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, Marketing, and Business Systems Consulting. Each module will run for three half-days in late October, and incoming students will complete at least two modules.  

Greater and More Consistent Coverage of Practical Applications. Knowledge of the industry, common practices, key players, and current issues are critical for career success and will also help you get more out of your Simon education.  To this end, we now require all full- time MBA students to subscribe to the Wall Street Journal.   Faculty, all of whom will also be subscribing to the Journal, will expect you to have read the publication and will use articles from it in class as appropriate.  

Managerial Communication Courses: We are bringing managerial communication courses much closer to the rest of the Simon curriculum by structuring the communications classes around assignments in the core classes. Our goal is not only to teach you how to use the Simon framework effectively, but also to help you be more effective in implementing the decisions in organizations through effective managerial communication.  Highly experienced tutors, who have many years of senior managerial experience, will coach you to become effective communicators.  Professor Ronald Schmidt, the Janice M. and Joseph T. Willett Professor of Business Administration for Teaching and Service, will be leading this effort.

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