Dean's Update, April 8, 2013

Progress Being Made on New Master of Science Programs

Out of the October 2012 CBA faculty gathering came a groundswell of energy for developing new Master of Science programs.  Three CBA departments have been working hard to write proposals and gain university approval by the end of the Spring Semester.  AVP Jeet Joshee has provided resources to each department to invest in our programs and to help move the proposals forward.

Each proposed MS degree will be an AACSB accredited, 30-unit program that will be self-supported and cohort-based.  The College of Continuing & Professional Education has been a value-added partner from the outset, and Fall 2014 is the target date to begin instruction for the first cohorts.

We hope to gain all university approvals by the end of Spring 2013, at which time the proposals will be forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office.  The three proposed programs are described next.

Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)

The CBA undergraduate Accountancy degree is 120 units but on January 1, 2014, the California Society of Certified Public Accountants will require 150 semester units of education for CPA licensure.  In addition to core education requirements needed to sit for the exam, the 150 units must include 20 additional semester units in accounting education and 10 semester units of ethics education.  A 30-unit Master’s degree will fulfill all these requirements very well.

Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM)

This degree program will provide advanced knowledge of managing complex operational problems, current supply chain operating practices, analysis methods, technology, applications, and strategies.  The MSGSCM restructures the Master of Arts in Global Logistics (MAGL) which has operated continuously since January 2002 with considerable success.  Revising the MAGL curriculum and repositioning it with a more interdisciplinary effort should improve demand and visibility among prospective employers.

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

The MSIS will provide analytic and technical competencies as well as business and interpersonal skills necessary to be competitive in the workplace.  McKinsey & Company reports that many organizations are facing challenges in finding and retaining talent in areas such as emerging technology, web-based and wireless systems, business intelligence, business process redesign, enterprise systems, and security.  MSIS will emphasize the importance of solving problems that span multiple technology domains while engaging business managers.

The proposals are moving forward very quickly for a university setting.  Forty-page proposals were completed by February 1 and CBA approvals were obtained by early March (department, GPC, and Faculty Council).  AVP Cecile Lindsay has reviewed and commented on the proposals and they each have had a first reading at the Curriculum & Education Policies Council.  Approvals by University Resource Council and Academic Senate are still needed, but hopefully these will be obtained by the end of the semester so that the Chancellor’s Office can begin its review and approval process.

I cannot thank all the faculty members enough who have been spearheading this effort.  Judy Strauss, Sophie Lee, Steve Fisher, Praveen Sinha, Michael Chung, and Sherry Su have shouldered the primary responsibilities for their departments’ proposals, so I want to thank these faculty members in particular.  But for all the other faculty members who have contributed and participated, please do not think that I am overlooking your efforts.  Without everyone’s efforts, we would not be in a position to think about starting new MS programs in Fall 2014.  Amazing work, everyone!