Hagan Hall, home of Iona College's School of Business.
The New York State Department of Education has approved four new Iona College School of Business graduate programs slated to begin this fall: Master of Science degrees in Information Systems, in Accounting and Information Systems, in Technology, and Media and Telecommunications in the Sports and Entertainment Business, along with an Advanced Certificate in Health Care Analytics.
“The new programs add to the portfolio of programs offered by the School of Business with which to develop academically prepared business professionals for today’s complex business world,” said Charles J. Cante, Ph.D., interim dean of the School of Business.
The new Master of Science in Information Systems recognizes information as a valuable corporate resource which, when properly managed by organizations, can provide a significant competitive advantage. The principal objective of the program is to develop the skill set necessary to analyze, design, and evaluate an organization's information technology systems. Graduates of the program will develop skills in areas such as systems analysis, audit, and development as well as project management and many other skills that are key to success in today’s information centric world.
“In a business environment where solid technology and information management skills are increasingly in demand, we are excited to be offering this opportunity at the master’s level,” said Shoshana Altschuller, associate professor and chair of the Information Systems Department. “As the information revolution continues to gather speed, our students will be prepared to address the new challenges and opportunities that it brings.”
The Master of Science in Accounting and Information Systems degree is designed to prepare the next generation of accountants with the information technology foundation and skills needed to succeed in a variety of highly technology-intensive careers. Paralleling the global surge in the reliance upon information technology, the accounting industry has been revolutionized by the use of information technology. Financial reporting, as well as other accounting functions, has become inextricably intertwined with the business systems that process, collect and distill data and transactions as they flow through a firm’s operations. More than ever, firms associated with the global financial centers in proximity to Iona and beyond seek graduates who have a solid understanding of both accounting and information systems.
The Master of Science in Technology, Media and Telecommunications in Sports and Entertainment Business degree expands the sports, entertainment, and media offering at Iona College beyond the existing Advanced Certificate in the MBA program. This new program will focus on select areas including a broader curriculum of finance, digital marketing and analytics, sales, talent representation, facility and event operations and more. The program will also include the course The Business and Management of Content Creation taught by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Ross Greenburg starting in August. Iona is fortunate to be connected to so many industry leading companies and executives, due to our proximity to New York City, which provides students real-time, real-world insights, access and networking opportunities with their 45-credit program experience.
The Advanced Certificate in Health Care Analytics recognizes the industry-level transformation that is occurring and the necessity of business leaders, managers and executives to adopt quantitative decision making techniques in a unique business environment. Drawing upon information systems technology, sophisticated mathematics and the mining of huge repositories, students will develop an understanding of the sources and quality of data resources, the management and mining of data repositories and the quantitative techniques to answer management question of today and tomorrow.
Iona also recently added a new Master of Arts degree program in Sports Communication & Media as well as programs in Game Development and Project Management.
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a private coeducational institution 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan with a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus around the world. The College is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International – a prestigious distinction awarded to just 5 percent of business schools worldwide.