Loyola at a Glance
Loyola showcases revamped MBA program in open house May 7
May 3, 2013
The Loyola University New Orleans College of Business will launch a fully revamped MBA program in August, marking the culmination of changes to offer cutting-edge business education and real-world certifications to its students. The revised MBA program not only follows the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence—a highly advanced systems-based structure for leading organizations—but students at Loyola are also offered the opportunity to complete complementary Six Sigma and Project Management certifications.
To showcase its revised program, Loyola will hold its final MBA open house this spring on May 7. The open house begins at 6 p.m. in Miller Hall, room 112 on Loyola’s main campus. Attendees can enjoy light refreshments followed by an information and question session with MBA program representatives in room 208.
The integrated approach to the curriculum sets Loyola's MBA program apart, according to recent graduate Elizabeth Perry ’12, now working at Ochsner Clinic Foundation.
“Learning how all the pieces connect to one another has allowed me to better anticipate problems and work proactively to find solutions before issues arise. The MBA program at Loyola also has a great group of students and professors. Everyone brings in diverse experiences and backgrounds, so we are all able to learn from each other,” Perry said.
Attaining the MBA has given graduate John Charles "JC" Eustis ’12 the tools to successfully manage businesses.
“Before the MBA, I was more of a drone, completing tasks, solving problems and putting out fires. Loyola’s MBA taught me to look at problems differently, in more of a big-picture sense, which is exactly how an executive needs to think,” Eustis said.
Other Loyola MBA graduates have obtained advanced professional appointments in such large national companies as General Electric, General Motors, Symetra and Shell, among others. The Baldrige Framework is based on an internationally recognized structure for increasing performance in organizations, simultaneously increasing profits, controlling costs, inspiring customer loyalty, enhancing worker capabilities and improving operations.
“Six Sigma is a quality improvement methodology that is used by most of the top companies in the country for controlling variation and reducing costs. It’s a highly prized, internationally recognized standard,” said Jerry Goolsby, Ph.D., M.B.A., director of graduate programs for the College of Business.
“When a Six Sigma certification from the American Society for Quality is combined with a Project Management Institute certification, our students obtain very impressive jobs. In fact, I would argue the certifications are worth more than most any MBA degree today,” Goolsby said.
Registration for the open house is recommended but not required. Loyola’s MBA application fee will be waived for any open house attendee.
For more information on Loyola’s MBA program, contact Megan Bourg.
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