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Jul 17 2012
Walsh College MBA Receives a Harvard Makeover

By: Sheila Ronis, Ph.D.
Professor of Management
Director, MBA/ Master of Management Programs

Many people ask me what is special about the Walsh College MBA program.  Most MBA’s are pretty similar.  That is why they have grown in popularity – employers know what they are getting if a person has an MBA.  But, Walsh’s MBA is also distinctive because it has been designed to support the needs of the executive in the 21st century according to new guidelines developed by the Harvard Business School.

In 2010, Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads, Srikant Datar, David A. Garvin and Patrick G. Cullen, at the Harvard Business School provided MBA directors across the world with new guidelines for MBA programs.  We, here at Walsh, took those guidelines very seriously and have now looked at our MBA program to ensure we meet all the new guidelines.

Datar, Garvin and Cullen established that there were several skill sets that MBA’s should possess.  They include:

• “Gaining a Global Perspective,” or understanding how everything needs to work in a world of globalization,
• “Acting Innovatively and Creatively,” or learning how to think “out of the box” to come up with new and better ideas for solving problems and seeking solutions, taking advantage of opportunities and minimizing threats,
• “Developing Strategic Leadership Skills,” which require an understanding of how to lead people and organizations in a strategic way,
• “Improving Integration and Systems Skills,” which enables students to learn about context and integration, interdependencies, complexities and interconnections,
• “Assessment of Skills,” to ensure that student knowledge is measured and the institution knows that students are learning what we are teaching,
• “Thinking Critically,” to ensure students can make an argument and back it up with research and data to prove their points,
• “Communicating better,” both orally and in written formats,
• “Understanding the responsibilities and purposes of business,” and the ethical principles that all organizations should adhere to in a complex world, and
• “Understanding risk,” or how to reduce the probabilities of failure and increase the probabilities of success.
– Adapted from Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads, by Datar, Garvin and Cullen, Harvard Business Press, Boston, 2010

The Walsh College MBA is a distinctive program designed for the working adult encompassing the study of management, accounting, finance, marketing and related disciplines.  But, it also has been designed to ensure that when students have completed the program, they will have the skill sets necessary to succeed in the new world of today and tomorrow.

For more information on MBA's from Walsh College, please register for our free Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Management (MM) webinar


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Mark January 31, 2013 at 01:13 pm

Why does Walsh accept undergrad business credits for their MBA when these credits have already been used to obtain an undergrad degree? I don't know of a single Master's program at accredited Universities that will just transfer undergrad credits to be used for graduate level credits.

Brenda Meller February 5, 2013 at 01:54 pm

Hi Mark, thank you for your question. Previous undergraduate coursework are only applicable for exclusions of the foundation courses in the Walsh MBA program. The foundation courses are designed to make sure that students entering the MBA program from a variety of backgrounds have a common understanding of business foundations that include financial accounting, business law, economics, marketing, operations management and statistics. Incoming students who have successfully completed equivalent coursework recently (within five to seven years) may be excluded from certain foundation courses. Undergraduate courses are not applicable to the core and elective requirements of the MBA at Walsh. If we can be of further assistance, please email us at admissions@walshcollege.edu or call 248-823-1610. ~ Brenda in marketing

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