Atul Jose, the Editor of F1GMAT Interviewed Pam Delany, the Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions at the W.P. Carey School of Business and found out the misconception many applicants have about the Full-time MBA program.
In the first part of the interview, Pam shares how the curriculum structure has prepared MBA students to find opportunities with Global Employers.
F1GMAT: What is the biggest misconception about W.P. Carey Full-time MBA program?
Currently, all full-time MBA students at W.P. Carey School of Business receive the Forward Focus MBA Scholarship. A common misconception is that this is a “free” MBA program. While students do receive a scholarship covering the total tuition cost of the program, the scholarship is fully funded through donations, and support from the late William Polk Carey. The Forward Focus MBA Scholarship aligns with ASU’s mission of inclusion and business as personal. While the tuition is currently “free” to students, it is an investment W.P. Carey makes in its commitment to excellence, access, and impact.
F1GMAT: The W. P. Carey MBA program has put emphasis on leadership development. How is the curriculum structured to help MBA students?
The W. P. Carey School of Business full-time MBA program, currently ranked 25th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, features a leadership-development component that starts in the first quarter of study and continues through both years. We immerse students in a 360-degree peer review process. They also do individual assessments, which include faculty feedback.
Students begin their leadership development with courses in strategic leadership, career leadership, and organizational behavior. These classes utilize self-tests and peer feedback to help students develop personal insight into their own strengths and weaknesses. Students also work on personal development plans, focusing on their own leadership skills. Plus, we teach students cutting-edge theoretical frameworks and best practices for leading organizations and employees. Throughout the first year, students learn how to champion and implement innovative ideas through participation in a business-plan development competition. We also teach negotiation skills.
In the second year, students have opportunities to practice their leadership skills as leaders of our many MBA student organizations. They take courses in ethics and global macroeconomics. At the end of the program, we hold a student leadership awards program.
F1GMAT: How are the Concentrations designed? Which one is the most popular?
Whether our students are seeking to change careers or just dive deeper into their current fields, our concentrations provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge necessary to succeed. Concentrations are designed to prepare students for skills that are in demand by global employers.
We offer areas of emphasis in business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, health care management, information management, marketing, sports business and supply chain management.
W.P. Carey is renowned for its supply chain and logistics expertise and is ranked #3 by U.S. News & World Report for Supply Chain and Logistics, graduate programs. While we have historically seen Supply Chain as a top concentration, we are also seeing a substantial growth in entrepreneurship, healthcare management, marketing, and business analytics.
W.P. Carey MBA students can set themselves apart by pursuing concurrent degrees to deepen their skills and knowledge.
Common degree combinations include MBA/MS in Business Analytics and MBA/MS in Information Management.
F1GMAT: Can you share some of the recent International electives and global learning opportunities?
At the W. P. Carey School, we know that business reaches far beyond the borders of the classroom; it stretches around the globe. One of the ways we prepare our students to understand how business gets done on a global scale is to provide them with opportunities to experience business in other countries. Students have the opportunity to participate in international electives abroad in countries such as Argentina, Austria, China, France, Spain, Germany, and Peru.
In addition, all students take a Global Business Environments course which applies the macroeconomic analysis of competitive strategies with a global perspective.
But global learning does not only happen in a class or on a study abroad trip. The Forward Focus Scholarship allows W.P. Carey to bring in a wide range of international students who might not otherwise have been able to pursue an MBA. Thus students in the W.P. Carey program have the unique opportunity to learn from a diverse network of international classmates. With 24 countries represented in the Fall 2016 incoming class, students sit next to classmates from countries such as Bulgaria, Jamaica, Ecuador, and Malaysia.
F1GMAT: What are some of the unique courses and activities offered in the MBA program?
The W. P. Carey School of Business Forward Focus MBA curriculum offers students several innovative courses and activities throughout their two-year experience.
For aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs, Intellectual Fusion Learning Labs provide students the opportunity to partner with non-business ASU master’s degree students on action-learning projects and develop cross-functional skills.
As more and more organizations depend on large amounts of data to drive decisions, students will also take the Decision-making with Data Analytics course. This course presents frameworks and approaches to interpret results from data analytics.
The Future Forward Leadership course prepares MBA students to lead in an increasingly complex business world by building skills in design thinking, improvisation, rapid execution and leading transformational change. In addition to the leadership course, students participate in the Executive Connections program which matches them with local senior executives for coaching and mentoring.
About Pam Delamy
Pam Delany serves as the Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions at the W.P. Carey School of Business. She is responsible for the recruitment, admissions, and financial aid for W.P. Carey’s MBA and specialized master's programs. Before joining W.P. Carey, Pam served as the Executive Director of Graduate Business Programs at Portland State's School of Business where she was responsible for recruiting, admissions, and career and student services for students in seven graduate programs. She began her career in higher education in 2008 when she joined Portland State's School of Business as the Director of Career Services and Corporate Outreach.
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