Volume 92, Issue 19

Tuesday, October 6, 1998

no funny business


Business and information merge at Dalhousie

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Two of industry's biggest players, business and information technology, announced last week they are joining forces and following a new trend that seems to be leading toward an institutional standard.

Dalhousie University has linked its masters in business administration program with the Information Technology Institute to form MBA(IT) – a new type of degree which will try to meet the current high demands of the working world, said Marianne Hagen, MBA(IT) program coordinator.

"We are just answering the increased need for more computer training to our already successful business program," Hagen said. Students enrolled in this program would first have to complete a nine month ITI program and then they would apply to the MBA program at Dalhousie, she explained.

If students meet all the requirements they could complete the program within 36 months, Hagen said. The new program will cost students nearly $40,000 over that period. She added the cost will be made up of the ITI tuition at $26,000 and the $1,500 per credit cost for Dalhousie's MBA program.

Gerard McInnis, VP of ITI, justified the high cost of the program by citing the 95 per cent placement rate, with most graduates earning over $40,000 the first year in both the United States and Canada upon graduation from the ITI program alone.

"The business aspect of Dalhousie's program in conjunction with our well-established, very successful training only increase the final product," McInnis said. "This association only differentiates ITI apart from uniform college programs and other low-end private IT training."

The trend of more private intervention within the ranks of public post secondary schooling has been met with mixed reviews. Randy Kudar, MBA program director for the Ivey School of Business at Western, said a move like this is not currently in the works for the business school here.

"Dalhousie is filling a unique niche market that is needed in the business world. The Ivey MBA program covers a much broader scale, one that could never partner-up successfully with just one merger," Kudar said.

The program was officially announced by Dalhousie last week and will open its doors this February.

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