College of Business > News & Events > Driehaus College of Business Offers Online Degrees and New Undergraduate Majors
By Jaclyn Lansbery | Photos by Kathy Hillegonds /
June 29, 2021 /
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The Driehaus College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business will debut two new undergraduate programs this fall in addition to providing students with an option to earn a Master of Science degree entirely online.
The college will also offer five course modalities that include in-person learning, online learning and a blend of in-person and remote.
“These new program offerings demonstrate the college’s commitment to delivering high-quality and engaging learning experiences both online and in the classroom while preparing students with the skills they need to succeed,” says Thomas Donley, interim dean of the Driehaus College of Business.
In-person or blended in-person/virtual learning is available in three of the business college’s fall undergraduate and graduate course modes—On-Campus (P), Flex (FL) and Hybrid (HB). Two other instruction modes—Online Hybrid (OH) and Online Asynchronous (OA)—are fully online.
Below is more information on the college’s new fall program offerings:
Changes to the Master of Science in Finance degree, which is a
STEM-designated program, provide students more flexibility as well as opportunities for them to broaden and deepen their skills set.
The program can now be completed online and allows students to take some electives from a wider range of disciplines throughout DePaul, says Professor of Finance Sanjay Deshmukh, who has been director of the program for 15 years.
Previously, students were required to complete a total of nine core courses and now must only complete six. Students can now take six electives, three of which can be outside of finance.
“What we’re doing is we’re placing fewer constraints on the students insofar as sequencing of courses and how fast they can finish the program,” Deshmukh says. “Bringing the core down to six courses allows them to finish the program more quickly and gives them more flexibility to tailor their degree through electives.”
Deshmukh adds that the MS in Finance program prepares students to study for the three exams that lead to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter, one of the highest distinctions in the investment management profession.
Another Kellstadt program that can be completed online is the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship. Throughout the program – which is highly ranked – students complete classes as part of a cohort, giving them options to network and create close connections with their classmates. At the start and end of the program, students can attend optional in-person residencies in the Chicago Loop, which will include visits to Chicago’s entrepreneurship hubs.
Finally, the program will provide mentoring opportunities for students. Each student is paired one-on-one with a mentor entrepreneur to connect with throughout their time at DePaul.
To learn more about studying entrepreneurship at DePaul,
click here for a Q&A with Maija Renko, Coleman Entrepreneurship Chair and director of the program.
This fall, the Driehaus College of Business is launching two new undergraduate degrees: the sports business major and the economic data analytics major. Both programs equip students for a career in business with a Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB).
Sports Business (BSB) got its start in 2009 as a sports management concentration. The college’s sports business courses, many of which are taught by Senior Instructor Andy Clark, often include
visits to Chicago-based sports agencies and companies and hands-on projects with sports teams and organizations such as the Cubs and Special Olympics.
“The sports business degree is designed with the student’s wellbeing and future success in mind,” says Clark, who serves as director of the Sports Business Program at DePaul. “Through establishing sports industry connections throughout Chicago and the nation, as well as the career and interpersonal skills developed, the courses are designed to impact the student from a personal and career level, in the sports industry and beyond.”
Experiential learning, Clark says, is at the center of the new degree.
The program also incorporates multiple disciplines from various areas within the college, including the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, the Department of Marketing as well as the Department of Economics, and the School of Hospitality Leadership. Courses from DePaul’s College of Communication are also part of the program.
“As the sports industry continues to grow and evolve, there is an increasing need for leaders with transferable business skills in management, sales, marketing, business analytics, events, hospitality, operations, leadership, entrepreneurship, accounting, economics, community relations and more,” Clark says.
The second degree available this fall, Economic Data Analytics (BSB), meets an ongoing demand for data analysis skills within nearly all business industries. The STEM-designated degree instructs students to analyze data using tools such as Strata analytics, RStudio and SAS.
The degree also teaches students how to ask questions of data through an understanding of theory and applications in various markets – healthcare, labor and international business.