A new executive MBA program with “the potential to be the best in the world” will be introduced this August through the Ivy College of Business.
The 21-month program is designed to provide maximum flexibility for mid-level executives with a focus in the food, agriculture, and biosystems industries. Additionally, the program will feature state of the art business trends and research presented in concert with industry leaders and scientists
to prepare the next generation of leadership.
The new program was inspired after members of the Ivy College of Business MBA Advisory Council brought attention to the need for industry-specific graduate education. There are many resources, innovations, and qualified professionals within the community that will differentiate this program from others.
“Central Iowa is the Silicon Valley of agriculture, and this
program will be able to take full advantage of that concept,” said Sam DeMarie, director of EMBA and associate professor of management. DeMarie has been an integral part in the launching of this program, which is expected to draw 25–30 students in each class.
By offering hybrid courses, including both online and face-to-face interaction every three weeks, working professionals are able to keep up with their busy schedules. The new executive MBA program will be the first of its kind due to its focus, execution, and curriculum offered. The goal is this program will foster “the next generation of chief executive officers, chief financial officers, and chief operating officers,” DeMarie said.
Not only will the students study in a traditional classroom setting, they also will participate in two study trips that will enhance their educational experience. At the end of the first year, students
will visit Washington, D.C., for three days where they will have the opportunity to network with legislators, regulators, trade officials, and lobbyists. To conclude the program, a nine-day international trip is incorporated. The first class will travel to the Netherlands to gain knowledge on European processes in their fields of study.
– Selina Hilts, a senior in marketing and apparel merchandising, is the Ivy College of Business marketing intern.
Want to learn more? Applications are now being accepted for the first class that begins in August.