Newly Redesigned MBA Program

IU South Bend Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics Launches Newly Redesigned MBA Program

A newly redesigned Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree will be offered this fall at the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at IU South Bend. The MBA is shorter, faster and designed for busy, ambitious, working professionals.

Each course in the program will be delivered in a hybrid format—50 percent in-class and 50 percent on-line, reducing the time students need to be on campus. In addition, it features two, eight-week modules per semester that make it possible for students to accomplish much in a short time. Full-time students taking nine credit hours a semester can complete the program in 18-24 months, whereas part-time students taking six credit hours a semester can complete the program in 24-36 months.

“We have been thoughtful and deliberate in designing this program,” said Rob Ducoffe, dean of the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics. “The new MBA program will not only prepare today’s business professionals to excel in their careers, but will also influence how their companies function and respond to future challenges and opportunities.”

In addition to moving through the program faster, students will benefit from a capstone project in their major area of interest, providing a valuable experiential component and engagement in the regional business community. The addition of courses in communication skills and team management will address two significant challenges faced by leaders and managers. The MBA will be taught by Leighton School faculty, who are committed to engaging students through active learning.

“The new MBA program is flexible, active, and relevant,” said P.N. Saksena, associate dean of graduate programs and accreditation for the Leighton School at IU South Bend. “I’m very pleased with the end result.”

GMAT test waivers may be granted to applicants who meet one of the following criteria: significant executive work history with career progression, 3.4 undergraduate GPA and 4 years full-time work experience, master’s degree from an accredited US institution, or an earned doctoral degree in a field of study (eg. MD, PharmD, JD). In addition, three-year international undergraduate degrees from accredited institutions of higher education will be recognized.

The 2015 application deadline for the first fall module is July 15th and for the second fall module is September 15th; while the application deadlines for the first spring module is November 15th and for the second spring module is January 15th. For more information go to

The Leighton School is a leader in graduate business education. Accredited by AACSB International, it’s achieved a distinction only five percent of schools worldwide have earned. In addition, it was ranked 15th best part-time MBA program in the Midwest and 68th in the nation by Bloomberg’s Businessweek, and has been recognized as one of the Best 296 Business Schools by the Princeton Review for the past eight years.