B-School Highlights: Sept. 21

"Jeopardy!" contestant Ken Jennings with IBM computer Watson Photograph by Seth Wenig/AP Photo

Michigan State University and IBM are teaming up to offer a new master’s degree program in business analytics, according to a Sept. 6 announcement. The program includes coursework at the Broad College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Natural Science. Broad also unveiled a new undergraduate curriculum featuring case studies related to the commercialization of IBM Watson, the computer system that scored an historic victory on Jeopardy! last year.

Beginning on Oct. 15, Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and Resource, a digital marketing agency, will offer a distance learning course for executives interested in real-time marketing strategy. The seven-week course costs $3,250.

A new executive program, “Global Finance and Strategy for Senior Executives,” is being offered next year by IESE Business School and New York University’s Stern School of Business. Students travel to Barcelona, New York, and Shanghai to study finance and strategic thinking as a way to navigate volatile financial markets and a changing economic climate. The program runs from Apr. 15 to Sept. 27 and costs $33,500.

Pace University’s Lubin School of Business added an arts and entertainment management concentration to its undergraduate business degree. Confirmed guest lecturers include syndicated talk show host Katie Couric, film director Ron Howard, and Viacom Entertainment Group President Doug Herzog, according to a Sept. 13 announcement.

University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School has received contributions totaling $11 million to create the Wharton Public Policy Initiative. With locations in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, the initiative will offer independent, timely, and nonpartisan research to government policymakers and decision makers.

Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business recently named Idalene “Idie” Kesner interim dean, effective Oct. 1. Kesner is associate dean of faculty and research and will assume her new position after the current dean, Dan Smith, takes over as president of the Indiana University Foundation.

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