Two new graduate programs in business administration were launched this term by SGU’s School of Arts and Sciences: a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters in International Business (MIB), which have expanded the growing number of degree programs much needed in Grenada and the region.
Classes for the MBA and MIB programs began on January 16th. The program reached its goal of 50 students for the charter class – all seats were filled. “There is a great diversity in this charter class,” said Colin Dowe, Assistant Dean of Enrolment Planning for Caribbean Admissions. Students have enrolled from Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, South Africa, and the US. “It’s terrific that we have seven different nationalities in this class since the focus is on international business and the make-up of the charter class clearly reflects the objectives of the program,” commented Mr. Dowe.
Many of the students in the charter class already own or manage a business or corporation in Grenada. In addition, and adding to the eclectic nature of the student population, other students have backgrounds in computer science, chemistry, pharmacology, and psychology. Four of the students have graduated from the School of Arts and Sciences at SGU and three of them are significant others of students enrolled in a different SGU program. Mr. Dowe feels that, “The amalgamation of experiences will facilitate a rich exchange of ideas in classes and add to the value of their exposure.”
The MBA/MIB classes are offered on a full-time and a part-time basis. Students who enroll full time can complete the MIB in one year or the MBA in two years. Classes are scheduled to accommodate working professionals and students who want to earn dual degrees. There are close to 20 students who have enrolled full-time. A multi-summer, condensed program is being developed which will allow regional professionals to earn an MBA during summer sessions. “There are many top-notch professionals in Grenada and the Caribbean who will benefit from postgraduate training. It has been exciting to implement this program which allows regional business professionals access to a quality, international degree in business administration without having to leave home,” said Michael Cappy, the MBA/MIB program coordinator.
SGU also offered scholarships for all charter class members who started in January 2006, an effort to make education more affordable to regional students. In accordance with the University’s goal of utilizing institutional and regional strengths, concentrations in tourism/hotel management and health administration are being developed. “The first graduate degree programs offered by the School of Arts and Sciences further enhance the reputation of the School and the University,” said Dr. Theodore Hollis, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, “We are all excited by this program which has all the earmarks of success.”
“We anticipate that the launch of the MBA\MIB program is just the beginning of our development of this field and we anticipate in the future offering dual MD\MBA and DVM\MBA degree programs here at SGU. This will provide an even wider choice of degree options for our regional and international students in the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. For now it is a tremendous achievement to have put together the MBA\MIB program and I would like to congratulate all involved and wish them every success,” said Dr. Cal Macpherson, Dean of Graduate Studies.
Published on 01/27/2006