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4 universities that are producing career-ready business graduates

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Source: Bushnell University, School of Business, Leadership and Technology

Today’s borderless economy means aspiring business professionals will need to be equipped with up-to-date knowledge and skills that are highly sought after by employers. 

Digital skills are becoming essential as many of today’s roles require a high level of digital literacy, notes a report by recruitment firm Hays. Both soft and hard skills are equally important in the workplace as employers look for graduates who can use their skills to produce results while working well with colleagues and stakeholders to ensure business goals are met.

The right set of skills and knowledge can also help graduates develop fresh approaches to finance, management, and other business challenges. A quality degree, however, can give students all this and more.

In preparation for the new age of work, prospective business students need to choose a university that offers programmes at the forefront of shaping tomorrow’s future leaders. 

With so many options to choose from, how should you decide? Is it a school that offers exciting internship opportunities? Or one that provides a rigorous curriculum? Maybe a school with a strong support system? Or perhaps one with a high community spirit? 

Taking all these into account, here are four business schools that fit the bill:

Bushnell University, School of Business, Leadership and Technology

A first-class business education. Opportunities for practical, hands-on experience. A convenient, picturesque location. A strong support system. These are the reasons why you should attend the School of Business, Leadership and Technology at Bushnell University.

The School moulds highly competent business professionals within a Christ-centred environment. It is dedicated to students’ success, thanks in part to their community of dedicated faculty who know students by name, their small classes, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 that ensures personalised attention and enhanced learning.

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Source: Bushnell University, School of Business, Leadership and Technology

There are many undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to set students on a path to a successful career. Bushnell offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting , Computer Science, and Business Administration with concentrations in General Business, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Sports & Recreation Management to cater to varied interests.

Students can also choose minors, including Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing, Software Engineering, and Criminal Justice. Graduates who are ready to sharpen their skillset for more effective leadership in groups and organisations will be interested in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or the Master of Arts in Leadership programme — both offered 100% online.

Experiential learning also plays a crucial role in producing career-ready graduates. At Bushnell, 100% of undergraduate students graduate with a minimum of 135 hours of internship experience, while career coaches and faculty mentors are always on hand to help.

All students have access to free academic services and career development resources such as tutoring, accessibility services, resume workshops, mock interviews, graduate application assistance and career interest surveys.

To join this strong living-learning community, visit Bushnell.edu for details.

Pepperdine University

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Graziadio Business School’s students are actively involved outside the classroom, participating in events, business organisations, clubs and activities. Source: Pepperdine University Facebook

Pepperdine University is where you’re inspired to learn as you learn to inspire. Located in the beautiful coastal community of Malibu, California, this faith-based university is committed to academic excellence and Christian values. 

Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School offers a wide continuum of full-time and part-time MBA programmes and executive doctorate, master’s, bachelor’s, and joint degree programmes both online and across five California campuses, including Malibu and Silicon Beach.

The full-time MBA programme is ideal for aspiring leaders seeking to build their business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to make a positive impact in the world. Students can choose from the following concentrations: Business Analytics, Digital Innovation and Information Systems, Dispute Resolution, Entertainment, Media, and Sports Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change, and Marketing

Here, students study in small class sizes of no more than 30. There are also a number of clubs and activities that Graziadio’s students can engage in to enhance their overall learning experience. This includes the Graziadio Women’s Business Association (GWBA), a professional club that supports and empowers women to thrive in the business world, and the Finance Club, which connects students to organisations and individuals within the various fields of finance.  

There are also career development opportunities through Career Development Workshops, Case Competitions, Company Information Sessions, Executive Speaker Series, On-Campus Interviews, and Site Visits to bolster students’ value-centred leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.

Echoing the benefits of a Graziadio MBA is alumna Tiffany Stith, who says: “What I learned at Graziadio helped me speak the language of business and to open some of those doors, whether that was dealing with a board of directors or really being able to articulate a strategy for the organisation or articulate what I ultimately wanted to do in my career.”

Trinity Western University

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TWU’s School of Business is Canada’s premier Christian business school that offers a rare blend of academic excellence and hands-on experience to prepare students to lead and inspire tomorrow’s world. Source: Trinity Western University

Founded in 1962, Trinity Western University (TWU) is Canada’s premier Christian university and the largest liberal arts university in the country. Through their signature approach to teaching and learning, students will connect with their purpose, master business tools and concepts, and gain holistic leadership skills.

TWU’s School of Business aims to develop Christian business leaders with a broad education to help graduates create positive and dynamic change. Here, students benefit from small classes led by an experienced and caring faculty. 

The School prepares students for the business world through opportunities such as a mentorship with a local business executive, access to supportive and vibrant alumni career networks, opportunities to compete in national business competitions, and travel studies to work with corporations in a vast range of countries.

Their undergraduate programmes include the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programme, with majors in accounting; corporate finance; human resource management; international business; leadership and management; and marketing. Other options include the Bachelor of Arts in Business (BA), Sport & Leisure Management, or Corporate Communication

For those looking to build their business acumen, the School’s MBA offers four specialisations — Management of the Growing Enterprise, Non-Profit and Charitable Organisation Management, International Business and Executive MBA — to cater to varied interests and professional goals.

Ultimately, the School’s blend of academic excellence and hands-on experience prepares students to lead and inspire tomorrow’s world.

Brigham Young University

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BYU Marriott offers a variety of business programmes. Source: Brigham Young University Facebook

A Brigham Young University (BYU) education is spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character-building, leading to lifelong learning and service. The university is founded, supported, and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

BYU’s Marriott School of Business offers an interdisciplinary approach, allowing students to combine courses taught by world-class academic staff with deep subject knowledge and industry experience. 

Students can find several business-related undergraduate programmes at BYU Marriott, including Accountancy, Entrepreneurial Management, Experience Design and Management, Finance, Global Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Marketing, and Strategic Management

BYU Marriott also offers several postgraduate programmes, including the Master of Accountancy (MAcc), MBA, Executive MBA, Master of Information Systems Management (MISM), Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Executive MPA programme. 

Students have the opportunity to put theory to practice with their off-campus and on-campus internships to gain a hands-on learning experience. An undergraduate strategy programme prepares students for careers in strategy consulting or strategic management in large or entrepreneurial firms.

An essential part of the strategy programme is a capstone project in which student teams work with a company to help it solve a real strategic business problem. This top-tier business school also offers a field study programme for MBA, MPA, MISM, MAcc, and other graduate students. Field study teams can work on projects in almost any business discipline.

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