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Tuck School of Business May Add New Master’s in Management Program

The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College is exploring adding a new master’s in management program for undergraduates with liberal arts degrees, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports. The proposed program, which could launch by September 2016, was announced by Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon in a speech to faculty last week.

The one-year master’s program would be open to anyone with an undergraduate degree and would provide a “high-level introduction to business,” Tuck Dean Paul Danos told Bloomberg BW. Dartmouth is currently examining a range of factors that will determine whether or not the school moves forward with the plan, including market data, student interest and logistical considerations, Danos added.

Tuck faculty will decide whether or not to proceed with the new master’s in management program in June, and, if approved, two additional years will be required to get the program up and running, Danos said. He envisions 100 to 120 students each year, taught in two sections, with about 25 percent of students coming from Dartmouth and the remainder from other institutions in the United States and abroad. Danos told Bloomberg BW that he thinks the program may prove especially attractive to international students, many of whom have shown a desire to earn higher degrees at younger ages.

Danos added that the new program’s curriculum could be comprised of modules on analysis, leadership and entrepreneurship, with teamwork and technology incorporated into assignments. Current MBA faculty, as well as additional professors hired for the new program, would focus on innovation and hands-on learning, he told Bloomberg BW.

If the new program wins approval, Tuck would become the latest in a growing list of top business schools to add the master’s in management degree. Other schools that already feature such an offering include London Business School, IE Business School and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. “The new normal will be graduating with a liberal arts education and some sort of business experience,” Danos told Bloomberg BW.

Read the complete Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, “Tuck Considers Adding a Graduate Program in Management.”