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College of Business Adds STEM-designated MBA to graduate degrees available

College of Business Adds STEM-designated MBA to graduate degrees available

College of Business Adds STEM-designated MBA to graduate degrees available
October 26
12:45 2018

UNT’s College of Business added a new STEM-designated master’s of business administration in business analytics to its list of graduate degree offerings.

This degree, housed within the Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences (ITDS), is designed for students already working in their desired fields but who wish to rise to the level of manager.

“They’re already an individual performer or a team member but they want to become the manager of those people,” said Leon Kappelman, department chair for the ITDS department said.

Kappelman has been at UNT for 28 years and has been the chair of the ITDS department for 13 months. He said the desire to increase enrollment helped factor into why he wanted this degree at UNT.

Kappelman credits his director of master’s programs, who is good at social media, with growing interest in the master’s programs. He said the director set up a website and a Facebook page, announcing a seminar on how to choose a master’s in business analytics. Seven-hundred-fifty  people clicked on it in two days.

“So, there’s obviously a lot of interest in this,” Kappelman said. “We want to bring the best of those interested people to us.”

Kappelman said the new degree was made to be more flexible, so there are fewer required courses and more elective choices for students to take.

“Just because we don’t know what’s right for everybody. We gave them the core of it and then let them pick their electives,” Kappelman said.

Nick Evangelopoulos, a professor of business analytics in the ITDS department, said the College of Business has a tradition of industry-driven curriculum innovation.

“Rather than listening to our students, we listened to the employers who will hire them when they graduate,” Evangelopoulos said in an email. “Employers struggle to find qualified workers who understand the business and the technology experiences a shortage that is projected to get worse.”

Donna Lohr, an ITDS lecturer and program advisor said that an advisory board would help decide the coursework for the program.

“Everyone in our department has input,” Lohr said. “We all come together multiple times to discuss what we need. We also have our advisory board and we take input from them so that we can tailor our courses to what the industry needs in the area.”

Kappelman said this degree is something students can do in 18 months or less.

“[We] eliminated a lot of the background requirements,” Kappelman said. “We used to have all kinds of crazy stuff [economics], accounting. Now we just require a real basic business calculus class and statistics classes.”

Kappelman has high expectations for the level of enrollment for master’s degrees.

“We’re going to no less than double our master’s enrollments in the next 12 months,” Kappelman said.

Evangelopoulos said course registration for fall 2019 begins next March and that courses are scheduled even earlier.

“New graduate students who will join UNT in fall 2019 have already begun the admissions process,” Evangelopoulos said. “It was important for us to have everything ready and spread the word about a year before the first course offerings.”

Evangelopoulos said the new degree will primarily be a Frisco program but that courses will be offered at the Frisco and Denton campuses, as well as online.

He also said business analytics is “like the brain of a company,” and this degree will help graduates analyze data and be able to make data-driven decisions.

“With such skills, they will be able to work as business analysts, business intelligence developers/modelers, data mining professionals, data scientists, market research analysts, operations research analysts, production planners, quality control analysts and many more,” Evangelopoulos said.

Featured Image: Dr. Leon Kappelman, chair for the department of information technology and decision sciences for the college of business, discusses a new STEM-designated MBA in business analytics. The degree plan, which will also be featured at the Frisco campus, will be available to all students by 2019. Paige Bruneman

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    ON metrics October 26, 18:55

    Great article. I’m dealing with a few of these issues as well..

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