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Anderson Schools Offers Revised MBA Program

August 6, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE Ė Itís more practical than ever to get a Masters in Business Administration at The University of New Mexico. The Anderson Schools of Management recently revised its MBA curriculum, allowing students more choice in their courses. At a time when national economic trends are driving many workers back to graduate programs, this change can make a big difference for incoming students.

The curriculum shift mirrors one that premier MBA programs have been experiencing toward more customizable programs. Anderson Schools Associate Dean Kenneth Baker says, ďIn addition to the strong general knowledge base the program provides, it will now be easier for students to specialize and personalize their degree plan to meet career goals."

While the number of credit hours necessary to earn the MBA remains the same (48 credit hours, which is usually equivalent to 16 classes), the percentage of required courses in the Anderson MBA has dropped from approximately 90% to about 60%. In order to accomplish this reduction, most of the changed core classes have been combined with another core course, while one course has been turned into an elective.

Current students are generally quite happy with this change. ďIím under tremendous pressure to finish my degree quickly,Ē says MBA student Jo Carter, ďand the curriculum change means that Iíll actually be able to complete a concentration within my time limitations. Itíll be a more valuable degree for me, and Iíll be a more valuable worker for future employers.Ē

The new curriculum goes into effect in the coming fall semester. The core will now consist of the following courses:
∑ Statistical Analysis for Management
∑ Financial Accounting I
∑ Microeconomics for Managers
∑ Organizational Behavior and Diversity
∑ Ethical, Political, Social, and Legal Environment of Business
∑ Commercialization and the Global Environment
∑ Operations Research and Production Management
∑ Marketing Management
∑ Financial Management
∑ Strategic Management

In addition, six elective courses will be necessary to round out a degree program. The Anderson Schools offers eleven concentrations that will offer an area of specialization through the elective courses. These concentrations include Accounting, Finance, General Management, Human Resources Management/Organizational Behavior, International Management, Management Information Systems, Management of Technology, Marketing, Operations Management, Policy & Planning, and Tax Accounting.

For more information on the graduate program, call Loyola Chastain, MBA program manager, at 277-3147, or check out the website at http://www.mgt.unm.edu/mba.

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The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit www.mgt.unm.edu, email info@mgt.unm.edu, or call (505) 277-6471.

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