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Summer Registration Will Open Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 AM

Registration for Summer 2015 coursework will open on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 am. To view the most up to date information on available courses, please use the link: http://my.gwu.edu/mod/pws/index.cfm

For information on how to identify elective options please visit:
http://business.gwu.edu/current-students-2/registration/elective-and-selective-options/

For further information on registration procedures, please see the link below to the Current Student Website: http://business.gwu.edu/current-students-2/registration/adding-courses/

Students should review their DegreeMAP to identify any outstanding requirements.  In addition, students can make an appointment with their Academic Advisor if there are any questions.

Several Spaces Remain in May Experiential Education Course to Disneyworld

Several spaces still remain for the May 24-31 trip to Walt Disney World to study Innovation in Services. This 3 credit summer course features a six-day residency in Orlando, Florida where students will study several recent service innovations by Walt Disney World, including FastPass+ and MagicBand. As successful service innovation shifts the focus away from the innovation itself and back to the customer, students will apply several online and off-line methods to explore, examine and evaluate consumer reaction to these Disney innovations. In addition, students will participate in three Disney half-day field studies at Epcot to learn how effective creative leadership, management strategies and teamwork leads to innovation. The online component of the course will be held from May 20 to May 22.

This course can fulfill MBA general elective credit or Tourism and Hospitality Concentration credit. The course is being taught by Associate Professor Stuart Levy.

More information on the course and requirements can be found through the following link:

https://passport.gwu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=3301

The deadline for submitting an application to the program is February 15, 2015

Application Deadline for Spring 2015 Graduation is February 1

The application deadline for students who anticipate completing their MBA degree requirements during the Spring 2015 semester is Sunday, February 1st. Students who apply after the February 1st deadline are required to fill out a paper application and will be charged a $35 processing fee.

Instructions on how to apply can be found at:
http://registrar.gwu.edu/online-graduation-application-instructions

If you are unable to apply as your MBA curriculum is not appearing in GWeb as a graduation option and you are registered for the Spring 2015 semester, then you will need to email Graduation Services at diploma@gwu.edu.

MBA Programs Graduation webpage:
In addition, MBA Programs has a graduation webpage that contains more information about the graduation process, including Beta Gamma Sigma, diplomas, and more at:
http://business.gwu.edu/current-students-2/graduation/

If you have additional questions, please email your Academic Advisor.

Last Day to Drop Courses without Penalty is Sunday, January 11 by 10:00 pm

Students who need to drop Module 3 and semester long courses for the Spring 2015 semester must do so via GWeb no later than 10:00 pm on Sunday, January 11. All courses dropped after this date will be subject to the GWSB’s refund schedule, which can be found at:

http://business.gwu.edu/current-students-2/registration/dropping-courses/

Students who even exchange credits (e.g. drop three (3) credits and add three (3) credits) will not be charged a penalty. The last day to even exchange a course is 10 pm on Sunday, January 25.

Please see the link below outlining instructions on how to add/drop courses via GWeb:

http://registrar.gwu.edu/how-register

Please contact your Advisor with any questions.

Innovation and Creativity Online Course – Spring 2015

MBA Programs is pleased to announce that Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy will be offering Innovation and Creativity (CRN 48357) for the Spring 2015 semester. It is a three credit hour course that is offered online.

Course Description

Creativity and innovation are the key drivers of success for both entrepreneurial start-ups and many of today’s leading companies. Some of the most dramatic gains in shareholder value over the last few years, such as those of Google and Apple, are due to an organizational culture that encourages and supports creativity and innovation. But even established organizations may survive on the basis of creative innovations. Ford’s Model A did reasonably well (and came in colors) but it was the creative innovation of assembly line technology that enabled Ford to and dominate the market of the early 20th century (with the Model T). S. C. Johnson & Son, an established and successful firm established in the late 19th century, only took off in the 1940s, after establishing a strong R & D department and committing to product innovation. Some would say that a culture of creativity and innovation may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.

Creativity has most often been thought of as an individual characteristic. Moreover, an idea may be creative but crazy (or at least impractical). That’s why creativity seems to matter most when it’s married to innovation, the key to what Schumpeter called “creative destruction.” Of course, organizations don’t have creative ideas. Ideas, creative or not, are contributed only by people. But organizations can set a culture that encourages (or discourages) creativity on the part of individuals and teams. They can develop policies that support (or undercut) innovation. In this course we will examine factors such as breakthrough design that encourage creativity and support innovation. In this class participants will have an opportunity to examine and assess their own creative and innovative propensities, along with those seen in organizations. We will examine the bases of creativity and innovation, at both individual and organizational levels, and look at ways of developing or strengthening creative ideas and innovative action.

Holiday Break Advising Walk-In Hours and Office Closures

Walk-in hours will be suspended for the holiday season beginning Wednesday, December 24th and will resume Monday, January 5th.

In addition, the MBA Programs Office will be closed on the following days:

Wednesday, December 24
Thursday, December 25
Friday, December 26
Wednesday, December 31
Thursday, January 1

If you need academic advising during this time please do not hesitate to make an appointment through the appointment system located to the right of this blog.

Happy Holidays!

Summer 2015 Class Schedule Posted

The Summer 2015 course schedule has been posted to the Registrar’s website. We anticipate that registration for the Summer will begin sometime late February to early March.

To review the schedule, please follow the link below:

http://my.gwu.edu/mod/pws/

For information on how to identify elective options please visit:

http://business.gwu.edu/current-students-2/registration/elective-and-selective-options/

See your Academic Advisor for questions about your remaining requirements.

Spring 2015 Graduation Application open in GWeb

The Spring 2015 Graduation application is now available on GWeb.

Applying to graduate:

Students who anticipate completing their MBA degree requirements during the Spring 2015 semester should apply using the electronic graduation application in GWeb no later than February 1, 2015. Students will only be eligible for electronic submission after they are registered for the Spring 2015 semester.

Instructions on how to apply can be found at:

http://registrar.gwu.edu/online-graduation-application-instructions

If you are unable to apply as your MBA curriculum is not appearing in GWeb as a graduation option and you are registered for the Spring 2015 semester, then you will need to email Graduation Services at diploma@gwu.edu.

Students who apply after the February 1st deadline are required to fill out a paper application and will be charged a $35 processing fee.

MBA Programs Graduation webpage:

In addition, MBA Programs has a graduation webpage that contains more information about the graduation process, including Beta Gamma Sigma, diplomas, and more at:

http://business.gwu.edu/current-students-2/graduation/

If you have additional questions, please email your Academic Advisor.


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