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Cotsakos College of Business Launches Newly Redesigned MBA Program

This fall 2016 marks a new milestone for William Paterson University’s Cotsakos College of Business, when a completely redesigned MBA program will be introduced to MBA students. The program offers more flexibility and a curriculum focused on business needs.

“The newly redesigned MBA program at William Paterson was inspired by a continued demand in the marketplace to put more emphasis on strategy, technical innovation and ethical leadership skills,” says Siamack Shojai, dean of the Cotsakos College of Business. “Our pragmatic coursework focuses on innovative and future-oriented business practices and strategies that permeate all functions and disciplines of business.”

To enhance the MBA program, new courses have been added that blend a thematic approach throughout the curriculum focusing on top-down management, leadership, strategy, innovation and total career optimization. Each course is designed to offer students multiple perspectives in business learning, incorporating theory, practical application, case studies, quantitative knowledge and advanced soft skill development.

The University’s Cotsakos College of Business offers MBA concentrations in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, general studies, marketing and music management. More than a dozen new MBA courses have been added, each specifically designed to meet the needs of stakeholders seeking to hire MBA graduates.  The program also features a specific blend of hybrid and online courses along with weekend and evening classes to allow for maximum learning flexibility for working professionals.

New MBA courses focus on innovation, strategy, and corporate sustainability; accountancy blended with business decision making; business analytics using data technology; influence, persuasion and negotiation skills offered through the University’s Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales; and an integrated learning course that enables students to gain hands-on business experience while giving back to the community.

The MBA program in the Cotsakos College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – International (AACS) which recognizes only 5 percent of business programs worldwide and is considered the hallmark of excellence in business education.

For information about the newly redesigned MBA program at William Paterson University, contact Michael Yakubov, MBA director, at 973-720-2678 or visit

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