DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, Iowa’s first college, has launched its new hybrid Executive Master of Business Administration in Business Analytics degree. The program offers the flexibility of online learning with face-to-face interaction of the college campus.
“We are now delivering our most comprehensive analytics offerings to date,” Jim Collins, president of Loras, said. “The hybrid format provides working adults more flexibility than night school and more interaction than online learning alone.”
Loras’ 36-credit Executive MBA in Business Analytics degree was shaped by a unique consortium of leaders in analytics. Each course is seven weeks long. The first six weeks of each course are delivered online in the evening via a live virtual classroom. The last week of the course has students coming together for a full weekend on the Loras campus.
“Many professionals are turning to hybrid programs to advance, revitalize, or change careers without having to uproot their families or quit their jobs,” said Dale Lehman, Ph.D., director of the College’s Master of Business program.
In addition, enrolled students receive a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics once they complete the first five courses of the Executive MBA. Through the certificate, as well as the comprehensive Executive MBA program, individuals develop thought leadership skills that can immediately impact their business or organization.
“Graduates of the program not only receive an MBA, but also a certificate along the way, demonstrating their prowess they gain in analytics as the program progresses,” Lehman said.
Coursework includes topics such as visualization, storytelling, ethics and risk management. Each course in the program is seven weeks in length.
The Graduate Certificate in Business is also offered as a stand-alone credential for individuals who already have an MBA.
More employers from government to agriculture companies are seeking people with analytics training. A recent search of “analytics” on Indeed.com revealed 109,432 full-time positions. “Business analytics” resulted in 60,069 full-time jobs.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.