Partnerships offer new market-focused MBA specializations
Doane has offered graduate business courses for more than 24 years, and last year launched an online Master’s in Business Administration. Doane’s MBA program is framed around the concept that students can earn prestige without pretension.
At the core of the Doane MBA is exploring social responsibility and teaching leaders to create a culture of good within their organizations. It’s a perfect blend of quantitative and qualitative skill-building packaged with new market-driven specializations.
Partnerships developed over the past several months with both industry organizations and educational affiliations are expanding Doane’s specialty offerings.
One example is an emphasis in project management. Doane’s Omaha campus and outreach director Ann Greiman is active in the Project Management Institute (PMI) of the Heartland as its vice president of membership. The Heartland Chapter is partnering with other institutions of higher education in the Omaha Metro area to benefit the profession of project management. Greiman understood that such a partnership could benefit Doane as well as PMI. Recognizing the experience and rigor associated with earning the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, Doane now allows students who have earned the PMP to count it as nine credit hours toward an MBA at Doane University.
Still more specializations have recently become available with the launch of DoaneX, which provides a path for students taking online coursework in supply chain management through MITx to complete a Doane MBA with a supply chain management emphasis. Likewise, MIT MicroMasters coursework in Data, Economics and Development Policy can now apply towards completion of a Doane MBA.
“Our partnership strategy allows us to incorporate recognized expertise in market-forward fields of specialization as a strong advantage for students with a variety of interests who want to complete an MBA,” said Doane’s Director of Graduate Business Programs Deb Sepich.
Although the Doane MBA has been offered solely online to date, the Omaha campus will also offer classroom courses starting this fall, according to Greiman. Doane’s eight-week terms are also seen as an advantage for students seeking scheduling flexibility, according to Greiman.
Much of the MBA is self-paced and incorporates students’ life and work experiences as well as other earned credentials, said Sepich. “Once graduated, the student is a Doane graduate for a lifetime, with all the connections that go with it.”