Walsh College Announces New, Enhanced MBA, MS Graduate Programs

Walsh College is enhancing its highly regarded Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science (MS) graduate degree programs to focus on the changing needs of students and employers. The programs begin in fall 2014.

A Walsh MBA prepares graduates for positions in mid- to upper-level management by providing interdisciplinary business studies and an enterprise-wide approach. It also emphasizes business communication skills now demanded by employers, helping graduates explain concepts and share knowledge more concisely.

The new MBA, modeled on the programs of the top 10 part-time MBA programs in the U.S., consists of 42 student credit hours. Early-in-program classes will be offered in sequence, using Walsh’s innovative “2+2” delivery method — two hours in classroom, two hours online. Subsequent courses will be available in 2+2, online, or on-campus in a traditional format.

Walsh also offers a series of Master of Science (MS) programs for students seeking a strong focus in five areas: Finance, Information Technology, Information Technology Leadership, Management, and Marketing.

The multiple concentrations within these programs include Financial Management, Financial Services, and Financial Economics; Chief Security Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Project Management Office; Human Resources Management, International Business, and Strategic Management.

MS programs may be taken separately, requiring 35 to 39 student credit hours. Students wishing to complete both an MBA and a specialized MS program may complete both degrees in a total of 54 to 60 student credit hours.

The MS degree programs share essential courses with the MBA program to allow for greater focus and efficiency. Thus, the MS can function as a “super-concentration.”

The innovative Master of Science in Information Technology has specific focus on Cybersecurity, Chief Information Officer Studies, and Project Management. In addition, a new Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is introduced.

“Walsh students seek a rigorous, respected academic program delivered efficiently and effectively,” said Dr. David Shields, executive vice president and chief academic officer.
“We aspire to be the preferred educational institution for students, employers, and the communities we serve. We’ve enhanced our MBA and MS offerings while increasing their quality and relevance in the educational marketplace.”

Dr. Shields added the Walsh graduate programs strive for quality in practice in four ways — transforming practitioners into professionals; facilitating understanding; enabling theory, practice, and application; and instructing at strategic, operational, and tactical levels.

The degree enhancements cement Walsh’s leadership as one of Michigan’s largest graduate business schools, said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College.

“Our partnership with business leaders, employers, and the community help us anticipate and respond to student- and business-market needs,” she said. “Along with a leading-edge educational delivery system, the changes to our MBA and MS programs will strengthen the desirability and value of a Walsh graduate degree for both students and employers.”

The restructuring also benefits students through greater class availability at Walsh campuses in Troy and Novi. More than 90 percent of Walsh students attend part-time and have other jobs or responsibilities. The average age of graduate students is 34.

For more information these degree programs, visit www.walshcollege.edu, or to register for an upcoming webinar, visit www.walshcollege.edu/webinar.

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.


Plante Moran to open Detroit office in the Compuware building

Southfield, Mich. – June 6, 2013 – Plante Moran, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, today announced it is opening an office in Detroit in the Compuware building.
“We are very pleased to be joining other businesses who have committed to the city of Detroit,” said Gordon Krater, Plante Moran’s managing partner. “There is an excitement and vitality about the city. Good things are happening, and we are proud to be a part of it. Plante Moran staff is spending more time downtown working with public and private sector organizations.
“Coupled with our nearly 10 percent growth in staff in southeast Michigan in the last 15 months and our need for more office space, it just makes sense to open our next office in downtown Detroit. It will also help us better attract professionals who want to be part of the urban work environment as we continue to expand our team.”
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said: “This is great news for the city of Detroit. We welcome Plante Moran to its new downtown offices. This is another example of the business community’s commitment to transforming our city.”
The new office will house approximately 75 staff. It will occupy 15,000 square feet on the third floor of the Compuware building. The Detroit office will be the firm’s seventh office in southeast Michigan. Plante Moran’s other area offices are located in Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Flint, Macomb and two in Southfield. The official move-in date is scheduled for the fall.
Krater mentioned a number of businesses and individuals who have led the way in Detroit’s revitalization, including Dan Gilbert and Rock Ventures, Peter Karmanos Jr. and Compuware, the Ilitch and Ford families, Strategic Staffing Solutions, General Motors Co., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Urban Science and DTE Energy.
“Plante Moran becomes the next important and credible company in the drumbeat of top-notch firms, retailers and entrepreneurs who are finding opportunity in downtown Detroit. When a leader like Plante Moran makes this kind of move, the confidence level of the business community is strengthened even further,” said Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans.
Bob Paul, Compuware chief executive officer, said: “We are pleased to have Plante Moran join the roster of leading companies with presence in Detroit’s central business district and are thrilled that the company selected the Compuware Building as their new home. They’ll be working alongside some of the region’s best and brightest who already enjoy all the amenities we have to offer.”
Plante Moran CRESA, a fully integrated independent real estate firm affiliated with Plante Moran, brokered the lease deal between Plante Moran and Compuware.
About Plante Moran:
Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services. Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 21 offices throughout Illinois, Michigan and Ohio, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico; and Mumbai, India. Earlier this year, the firm was named to FORTUNE magazine’s list of the “The 100 Best Companies To Work For” for the 15th consecutive year. Plante Moran was ranked #25 on this year’s FORTUNE list.
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