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Loyola University revamps MBA program to give students more real-world experience

Baltimore Business Journal

July 27, 2016

Loyola University Maryland's business school is revising its MBA program in an effort to better prepare students for the workplace.

These revisions, effective this fall semester, will include new graduation requirements, introduce more hybrid, online and evening courses and will place an emphasis on developing the communication skills of the school's students.

The Sellinger School of Business and Management has also cut down on the number of courses it offers by combining some — and eliminating others.

"We've found that students with no prior business experience are fine in [higher-level] courses," said Marianne Ward-Peradoza, the associate dean of academics at the Sellinger School.

In addition to the newly combined courses, students must meet an additional requirement to graduate.

The requirement, an experiential course, will give students hands-on experience in their respective fields. The business school provides their students with several options when completing the course including an internship, an international study tour or a department-specific course.