Leadership Essentials and certificate programs to double Sellinger School’s Columbia presence

October 6, 2011

Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business and Management will launch two new programs—a 15-credit, graduate Cybersecurity Certificate program and a professional development program, Leadership Essentials—at its Columbia, Md., campus in January 2012. Administration also has their eye on the area to house a Business Intelligence Certificate in the works, which will double the business school’s program offerings in Columbia in the next year.

The Sellinger School currently offers its part-time program Professional MBA and Master of Science in Finance programs as well as the full-time Emerging Leaders MBA program at the Columbia campus. The two new programs to launch in January will target corporations and federal contractors in the greater Howard County and Washington, D.C. area.

The Cybersecurity program is geared toward business professionals seeking management-level certification and enhanced skills in cybersecurity and information assurance and will target federal contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Northrop Grumman, as well banking and financial firms, technology firms, and other corporations that require the security of data in such areas as human resources and engineering.

The part-time, year-long program will offer courses during weekday evenings and promises to add about 30 new students to the campus. In accordance with AACSB and Loyola academic policies, within three years of completion as many as 12 credits may also be transferred into Loyola’s Professional MBA program as elective credits.

The goal of the program is to train the future leaders of organizations about the importance of having a sound strategy when setting policy to achieve success in an increasingly digital world. The program focuses on the need for a strategic understanding of cybersecurity in organizations rather than solely on the technical aspects of being a cybersecurity expert—featuring courses on the legal and ethical concerns over from a regional, national, and international perspective as well as direct lab experience with applications used to fight today’s security challenges.

“Members of our advisory boards and corporate partners like Leadership Howard County are instrumental in keeping our faculty and administration attuned to the needs of the business community,” said Karyl B. Leggio, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. “We believe offering professional development programs in the certificate and executive education space—particularly because of the credibility of the Loyola brand and our intimate relationships with businesses in this region—will allow us to directly shape programs for the needs of our business community and respond rapidly to changes in the business environment.”

Leadership Howard County will collaborate with Loyola to offer the new Leadership Essentials program—a six-month leadership development program designed to address the gap between the skills provided by formal education and the full development of seasoned professionals—which will also to begin in January at the University’s Columbia campus. The program offers a skill-building program that includes three components: monthly workshops, individual coaching and team-based projects that address the needs of local nonprofit organizations.

Loyola will provide overall administration program space and access to campus resources and faculty, and will contribute to the pipeline of consulting opportunities for the program. The collaboration also gives the university, which has offered graduate business programs in Columbia for more than 30 years, an opportunity to strengthen its already-vital ties to the Howard County community.

Leggio hopes that collaborating with businesses in this region will help forge stronger partnerships in the area and be a future model for certificate options and new revenue streams.

Leadership Essentials is now recruiting for the January start. Applicants must live or work in Howard County and should demonstrate a commitment to developing as leaders and a strong interest in participating in community service. The deadline to apply is Oct. 7. Applicants may contact Assistant Dean Ann Attanasio at leadership@loyola.edu or complete the application online.

Applications for priority consideration to the Cybersecurity Certificate program are due Nov. 1. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis thereafter as space permits for the January 2012 start. Interested applicants may complete the application online.

About Loyola University Maryland:
Established in 1852, Loyola University Maryland is a Jesuit comprehensive university comprising Loyola College, its school of arts and sciences; the Sellinger School of Business and Management; and the School of Education. Loyola enrolls 3,800 undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students from across the country and around the world.