Columbia School of Business MBA

Columbia Set to Launch New MBA Curriculum

After considering potential options for about a year, the school’s curriculum committee decided on course work that emphasizes leadership, helps students connect the dots between various disciplines, and teaches them to think like entrepreneurs, says Gita Johar, senior vice dean and business professor. Motivated by the current economic landscape, faculty members wanted the new curriculum to be integrative and innovative, she adds. “We wanted to reflect the business environment, given the financial crisis, ” Johar says.

A major change in the new curriculum brings leadership into focus as soon as students step foot on campus. The required leadership course that was once offered in the second half of the first semester is now part of orientation in August. It will last one week but keep the same number of in-class hours. To ensure that students grasp the material—which includes teamwork—they will get feedback from their teammates midway through the first semester, and the leadership faculty will return to address it as well, Johar says.

A new course called “Business Analytics” will be added to the required core, replacing a core course called “Decision Models.” The addition has been expected because many business schools are zoning in on teaching students how to use data to make better decisions. The new course will be more rigorous than its predecessor and will bring much of the information currently offered in an intense analytics elective with the same name into the core, says Alia Smith, a second-year MBA who is the student government vice president of academic affairs and who served as student liaison on the curriculum committee.

To free up time for greater student engagement in the classroom, professors will now ask students to watch five-minute to 10-minute video lectures online before class. For example, you might watch a video on distributions before stats class so you can jump right into the conversation without needing a lengthy lecture from your professor.

While much of the core curriculum will remain the same, three fewer half-courses will be required, making room for electives in the second semester of the first year—something students sought in order to better prepare for summer internships, Johar says. Also, electives will be better aligned with students’ intended career tracks.

Course integration is a further important aspect of the new curriculum. Take CBS’s case study on (GM): In the current curriculum, the case would come up in various courses, but no one has been explaining how decisions in one class influence those in another. In the new design, the case will be better integrated, Johar says. Professors will now create videos that describe exactly how a student’s decision about the case in marketing influences the one he made in finance. “The GM case will feel much more connected, ” Smith says. “You’re not learning in silos. You need to know everything to do the [post-graduation] job well.”

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Educational question from law student

by dlapee03

To the lawyers who may frequent this this forum, I have a question. In particular, I would be interested in hearing from corporate attorneys and general business attorneys.
I recently completed my first year at University of Missouri - Columbia. I have an undergraduate degree in Finance from a rather prestigious, business school, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. I have been considering getting my MBA in addition to my JD. I would be completing my MBA coursework at Missouri.
My questions:
1. Is the MBA necessary considering my bachelors degree?
- I should add that IU is a significantly better business school than Missouri

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