Berkeley College Graduate Studies Newsletter

November 2016

From the Dean's Desk: A Message from Chris Grevesen

Grevesen Berkeley

It is hard to believe that the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Management program at Berkeley College turned a year old in September.

Our first cohort of graduate students will soon be entering the final phase of their studies – the “advanced core” – and will prepare to graduate later in 2017. They are also very excited about our new Global Immersion Experience, which culminates in 10 days of intensive study in India. Students will first travel to the city of Mumbai, where they will take classes at the Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research. They will then visit the nation’s stock exchange and meet with senior executives at the headquarters of major Indian corporations. Their journey takes them next to Delhi, where they will interact with senior managers at the Indian subsidiaries of well-known American companies, including PepsiCo and Microsoft.

I am also pleased to announce that academically eligible undergraduate students can now earn automatic acceptance to our new Four-Year Combined B.B.A./M.B.A. Option. Top-performing Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) students at New Jersey campuses and Online who have earned 60 credits with at least a 3.50 grade point average and who meet other requirements will be invited to take advantage of this option. To complete both the B.B.A. and M.B.A. degrees in four years, an undergraduate would need to be enrolled full-time for three semesters each year and then take two M.B.A. courses as free electives in their senior year before moving to the School of Graduate Studies for full-time M.B.A. study.

Our online M.B.A. program is also off to a successful start. In September, we welcomed an impressive new class, whose average undergraduate GPA of 3.40 and accomplished professional backgrounds equip them well for the rigors of accelerated online course work. We continue to add personalized learner support to our online courses, including embedded tutors in some of our quantitative courses, a professional writing consultant in the Organizational Behavior and Leadership course, and an online research librarian in our Practicum courses.

Finally, we completed our first M.B.A. Advisory Board Meeting on October 26. Our advisors include senior executives from area companies in the financial services, healthcare, real estate, and security industries. Input from our advisors on the latest business practices helps us keep our MBA curriculum current and relevant in keeping with Berkeley College’s 85-year commitment to preparing students for meaningful careers.

Chris Grevesen, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Graduate Studies