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Carthage Launches New Masters of Business Design and Innovation

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In Fall 2017, Carthage will launch the new Masters (MSc) of Business Design and Innovation program. The goal of this program is to prepare graduates to lead high performing, cross-functional teams, design innovative solutions, and develop effective strategies and programs across private, nonprofit, and government sectors of organizations.

While many graduate programs in business exist, the distinguishing characteristic of this program builds upon a liberal arts education to cultivate and deliver advanced skill development. Leading the task force assembled for the design of this program, Dr. Jennifer Madden prioritized the need for students to develop sustainable skills that will give them the competitive advantage they need to position themselves in organizational leadership, management and team-building roles.

“The focus of the masters degree is to provide an educational experience grounded in independent and critical thinking, creative problem solving and solution finding, developing student capacity for designing innovative solutions,” Jennifer Madden, Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing, said.

The program emphasizes three specific curriculum streams: design, innovation, and organizational development. Students will learn and grow on individual, team, and organizational levels, while having the opportunity to apply their skills to real world experiences through internships. Each student will have the opportunity to participate in an internship, as they are set up as part of the program.

“I want students to be prepared to solve problems that don’t yet exist. I want them to sharpen their skills in strategy and innovation because that will give them a competitive advantage and really set them up for success,” said Jennifer Madden, Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing, said.

In an effort to deepen student understanding and engagement, the program features a heavy list of visiting scholars who will cover key topics in the curriculum. The mix of visiting scholars and Carthage professors is meant to provide students with both academic and professional expertise.

“It seems like a very interesting program, where students have the opportunity to work face to face with some top professionals in their field. It highlights the importance of creative thinking and problem solving in an ever-changing world” Eddie Pribyl, Student Government President, said.

This 39-credit program is to be completed in a 10 month period, in which students will participate in 5-10 week modules, weekend workshops, internships, and capstone projects. Tuition cost is $35,000, which includes books, and airfare/hotel accommodations for any necessary travel costs relating to the completion of the capstone project travel. There are Design and Innovation Fellowships available, which award up to $15,000 in financial aid.

Students can complete applications online at www.carthage.edu/continuing-studies. In addition, applicants must submit a Personal Statement of Purpose, two letters of recommendation, GRE or GMAT scores (encouraged but not required), and participate in an entrance interview.

Informational meetings are being held Nov. 9 and Dec. 7 at noon in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium. Students can contact Dr. Jennifer Madden with any questions, or email bdi@carthage.edu.

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