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MBA program introduces study option in India

Professor Deep Shikha will co-lead the MBA capstone trip to India.
Professor Deep Shikha will co-lead the MBA capstone trip to India.
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Imagine a trip to hot, sunny Asia in the dead of winter. Yup. That mental image drew nearly 30 St. Kate’s MBA students to Fontbonne Hall for a study abroad session on India.

During the 45-minute event, professors Deep Shikha and Mary Henderson fielded questions about their new two-week capstone option for MBA 8200, the required practicum course. The study abroad experience includes classroom discussions at Jindal University in New Delhi and face-to-face meetings with Indian leaders at various nonprofit, corporate and government organizations.

The first MBA 8200 course will be offered in January 2016. The India capstone experience will be open to 16 students. Applications will start at the end of March.

“We’re very excited about adding this option to our program,” says Michelle Wieser, St. Kate’s MBA program director. “Not studying abroad is one of my biggest regrets, and this might be the last opportunity for some of our students to do a study abroad.”

The St. Kate’s MBA program was launched in January 2014. More than 60 students — both women and men — are currently enrolled in one of the program’s three tracks: management, healthcare and integrated marketing and communications.

“What appeals to me about this trip to India is two weeks of being totally immerse in another culture,” says MBA student Cheri Keepers, who collaborated with Wieser, Shikha and Henderson through St. Kate’s Assistantship Mentoring Program to develop the global experience. “I get to do business in India and get credit for it.”

Students will have several class sessions on campus and online prior to the trip. Upon returning from India, they will give group presentations to the University community and turn in a final paper.

Travel cost is still being determined. Wieser estimates $4,000, including airfare, visa and housing in India.

As an alternative to the India capstone, students will partner with a Twin Cities nonprofit to fulfill their practicum requirements. “Our local options will be just as meaningful,” Wieser says. “We’re scoping out projects now and keeping in mind the industries and functions our students are interested in.”

Wieser is working with St. Kate’s Community Work and Learning, and Global Studies offices on these initiatives.

For information about the MBA India Capstone course, email Program Director Michelle Weiser

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Feb. 18, 2015 by Pauline Oo

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