Think the Loyola MBA is right for you? Take a Test Drive

July 14, 2011

When it comes to deciding which graduate business program is right for you, there’s no substitute for experience—classroom experience. That’s why the Sellinger School’s Professional MBA program began offering MBA Test Drives last year, an opportunity for prospective students to sit in on a Professional MBA class, meet current students and faculty, and even participate in classroom discussions and debates.

“Our information sessions do a great job of introducing students to the nuts and bolts of application and curriculum requirements, but can’t quite capture what it’s really like to be a student in the program,” says Barbara Coward, admissions coordinator for graduate business programs. “The Test Drives offer that experience—prospective students see themselves being a part of the course, and recognize the takeaways they’d be able to apply at work after analyzing a business case or presenting a group project.”

The Sellinger School has two Test Drive programs set for Summer 2011: one on Thursday, July 28 in Timonium, the other on Tuesday, Aug. 9 in Columbia. Both begin with an information session from 5:30 – 6:20 p.m., followed by the first hour of a select class from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Participants will regroup at 7:30 p.m. to discuss their experiences, insights, and questions over pizza.

The July 28 Timonium event features an opportunity to join a Leadership and Management class taught by Peter Lorenzi, Ph.D., a management professor and former dean of the Sellinger School. The class, part of the MBA core required of all students in the program, uses readings, case studies, videos, discussions, and more to help students learn to apply leadership and management skills to practical decisions. Topics include elements of management, the concepts and process of leadership, and the transformation of people and organizations.

On Aug. 9, Graham McAleer, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, will lead a meeting of Ethics and Social Responsibility, another core class. While the course focuses on providing students with a practical approach to business ethics that will help them address their own professional ethical dilemmas, as well as an exploration of modern corporate social responsibility, this particular session will consider 18th Century economist Adam Smith’s contention that vanity drives the economy, using both modern day examples and those that inspired Smith more than 200 years ago.  

Participants are encouraged to engage in the discussions that take place. Faculty members who participated in last year’s Test Drives report that their classes were even more interactive than usual the nights the guests visited. 

“Most of our students are looking at several schools,” says Coward. “The test drives give them a chance to introduce themselves, get to know their future classmates, see the diversity of companies and professions represented, and learn whether our culture is the right fit for them. We’ve had several students’ mention the Test Drive is what solidified their choice to enroll at Loyola.”

For more information or to register for the Test Drives, view our information sessions page or call 410-617-5020.