Study Charts MBA Curricular Evolution
The vast majority of MBA programs has revised curricula in recent years or has plans to make curricular changes in the near future, according to a study conducted by the MBA Roundtable, a nonprofit organization that tracks MBA curricular design and innovation.
The study found that 69 percent of MBA programs have significantly revised their curricula in the past four years, and a full 89 percent are currently planning curricular changes. The most common revisions include adding project-based courses or other applied content. Many programs also have worked or are working to integrate content across topics and disciplines.
Other points of focus in curricular revision have included placing greater emphasis on leadership development and global perspectives, with about half of MBA programs reporting having added new options for students in these areas. One in four MBA programs, meanwhile, has added an industry specialization in the past three years, most commonly in healthcare/biotech/medicine and entrepreneurship.
The results of the MBA Roundtable study were first announced this summer at the annual meeting of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC).
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