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Dr. Karyl Leggio, Sellinger School of Business & Management, Loyola College in Maryland

karylleggio1Dr. Karyl Leggio, Dean of Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in Maryland joins us today to discuss MBA education.

Tell us about the programs offered at the Sellinger School of Business and Management?

At the undergraduate level, Loyola's Sellinger School of Business and Management offers bachelor's degrees in accounting and business administration. Business administration majors can concentrate in Finance, Business Economics; Marketing; International Business; Management; and Management Information Systems. At the graduate level, we offer a number of rigorous programs designed with working professionals in mind: the Evening MBA, which offers concentrations in Accounting, General Business, International Business, Marketing, Management, Management Information Systems and Finance; a Master of Science in Finance, the MBA Fellows program, and an Executive MBA. The Fellows and Executive programs are cohort-style, lockstep programs designed for emerging leaders and senior managers, respectively.

What is the typical duration of each of your programs?

The duration of our graduate programs varies depending on the specific one chosen and the student's prior academic experience. The Executive MBA program, which meets on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, takes 21 months to complete, with a break for summer; the Fellows program, held on Saturdays, takes three academic years with summers off. Evening MBA students have a more flexible program and can take up to seven years to finish, although most students complete their coursework in about three years. The MSF program is typically completed in fewer than three years as well.

What would you say makes Sellinger School programs different and better than other comparable programs?

The Sellinger School's most distinctive quality is its unique focus on preparing talented individuals for leadership our programs emphasize cutting-edge expertise and exceptional business skills, of course, but also include a strong foundation in ethics. We are concerned with preparing not just capable, knowledgeable leaders, but principled ones as well. In a rapidly changing, increasingly diverse world where the ethical dilemmas in the business community seem to grow more complex by the day, we pride ourselves on seeking and further encouraging students who are not just willing but eager to accept the moral and practical responsibilities of leadership.

How important would you say accreditation is when choosing a college or university?

An institution's accreditation should be a critical component of a student's college or university selection process. The Sellinger School is one of just 8 percent of business schools worldwide with dual AACSB accreditation in business and accounting. This is the international gold standard when it comes to evaluating the merits of a business program, and we are very proud of this credential. AACSB accreditation assures prospective students, current students, and their current and future employers that Loyola is committed to the highest standards of quality and to constant evaluation and improvement of its programs.

What qualities or accomplishments do you look for when admitting students to your program?

In addition to strong performance in their undergraduate careers, we seek hardworking, highly motivated, deeply ethical individuals who are always interested in tackling the next professional challenge that comes their way. These prospective students look forward to learning from colleague-to-colleague exchange as much as through lecture, study and research. Representing a wide range of personal and professional backgrounds, our ideal graduate students bring perspective, knowledge and skill to create a richer backdrop for analysis and debate, making the understanding of concepts and especially their application, clearer and more robust.

Given the growing popularity of online degrees, what would you say are some of the benefits of a traditional classroom setting?

Our graduate classes are taught by faculty who are among the most accomplished in their respective fields, individuals whose academic achievements are equaled only by their remarkable contributions as consultants to some of the world's leading corporations and most influential government agencies. Our students represent a broad cross-section of firms and organizations, and bring with them an unparalleled variety of professional experiences. While we certainly recognize the many ways electronic communication can enhance a course, we believe that the person-to-person interaction and lively debate that takes place in our classrooms simply cannot be replicated in an online format. What's more, we also pride ourselves on the opportunities to network and build new business connections that we are able to provide our students opportunities made stronger by the relationships our students build in the classroom.

Does the Sellinger School offer any job placement services to your students and graduates?

While most of our graduate students hold challenging full-time positions when they enroll in our graduate programs, we extend the full services of our Career Center to all graduate students: resume critiques, practice interviews, individual career counseling, personality/career testing, access to positions posted with Loyola's Career Center, and opportunities to connect with the Loyola Alumni Mentor network. These services continue after graduation and can be used any time throughout a graduate's career.

Is financial aid available to students in your programs?

The Executive and Fellows programs offer need and merit-based scholarship opportunities for candidates who are minorities, female executive, entrepreneurs or non-profit managers.

Do you have any advice for students enrolling at a college or university for the first time?

When students make the decision to attend graduate school, that decision is simply the first step. Prospective students need to do their homework. Identify the school that meets your needs. Find one that will be a valuable resource even after your degree is complete through offering a network of alumni and lifelong learning opportunities. And then take the time to prepare your life for the commitment you are preparing to make. Graduate school takes time. Embrace this opportunity to learn and don't focus on finding the school that will allow you to graduate the most quickly. Graduate school is not so much about getting a diploma at the end; a good graduate school will prepare you for success in your current position and, equally importantly, prepare you to be successful as you continue to advance in your career. You are investing in yourself when you decide to study for a graduate degree; invest well by choosing the right program and committing the time it takes to benefit from the experience.

What do you enjoy most about your position at the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in Maryland?

Loyola is a terrific school with truly dedicated faculty who care about student learning. We have committed alumni who speak of the value of both the Sellinger degree and access to the Loyola network. And our job is to educate; education can transform a life which is an amazing career choice for all of us at the Sellinger School. We are in challenging economic times; times where strength of character leads to long-run career and personal success. The fact that we have the opportunity to contribute to a life changing experience for our students makes coming to work each day a pleasure.

For more information on MBA programs available at The Sellinger School of Business at Loyola College of Maryland visit them online.

Thank you Dr. Karyl, for sharing and participating in this piece

That concludes our interview!

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