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Saint Xavier University expands MBA program offerings

Chicago (Sept. 8, 2006) – Saint Xavier University’s Graham School of Management is offering two new MBA programs in Project Management, and Disaster Preparedness and Management.

The new Project Management program provides a solid foundation for new or aspiring project managers to oversee projects from the initial planning stages through execution and monitoring.

“Managers need the ability to manage projects, facilitate relationships between the project team and customers, and balance competing demands among scope, time, cost and quality,” said Jane Smith, director of graduate programs at the Graham School of Management.

The program’s coordinated sequence of graduate courses focuses on industry-standard processes approved by the Project Management Institute to help students successfully manage any type of project regardless of scope or industry. Students will practice these concepts in a project-based team environment. This program also prepares students for the PMI Project Management Professional or Certified Associate Project Manager examinations.

The Disaster Preparedness and Management program provides students with the knowledge and expertise needed to lead an organization through any disaster or emergency. 

“In the wake of such disasters as Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 tsunami and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, our society is more vulnerable, and managers will be looked to even more so for training, leadership and guidance. The program is designed for professionals who work to protect a company’s assets and avoid the mistakes that can make a disaster a catastrophe,” said James C. Hagen, director of the public and nonprofit and service management programs and professor of public health.

Hagen has worked with the United States departments of Defense, State and Homeland Security and local governments in the areas of preparedness, response and recovery to terrorist attacks, disasters and emerging diseases. He brings his expertise and experience into the classroom to help students better prepare for crises that may occur in their occupations.

Courses in the program prepare students for the management of growing threats and newly evolving hazards. In addition to knowledge and training, students gain practical experience on how to design and carry out drills and exercises within an organization. Students can keep current in this vital, evolving area of study and learn how to prepare, assess and react to minimize damage brought on by emergencies and disasters.

The Graham School of Management provides theoretically sound and practically oriented programs to serve the broad needs of students interested in or continuing in the challenging fields of business and management.

The Graham School offers MBA programs in e-commerce, employee health benefits, finance, financial analysis and investments, financial fraud examination and management, financial planning, health administration, management, marketing, project management, public and non-profit management, service management, and training and workplace learning. All programs are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. For more information about the programs, please visit www.sxu.edu/gsm.

For more information about the Project Management or Disaster Preparedness and Management programs, contact Smith at (773) 298-3664.


Contact Jane Smith at (773) 298-3664

Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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