DeSales MBA signs partnership with Immaculata University

26 Aug 2010 by Tina Hicks, No Comments »

Immaculata University and DeSales University have joined in a partnership agreement whereby the DeSales MBA Program will be offered at Immaculata beginning in Fall 2010 session.

The presidents of both institutions, Father Bernard F. O’Connor, OSFS, of DeSales, and Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, of Immaculata, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday, May 25, at the Immaculata campus.

Similar Missions
“As Catholic institutions, both Immaculata and DeSales have similar missions and are very focused upon strengthening the ethical dimension of business education,” said Fr. O’Connor. “We are so pleased that students in the Chester County area will have the opportunity to enroll in the unique DeSales MBA Program, learn from it and, consequently, make a positive impact on work and society.”

Sister Patricia Fadden, IHM, president of Immaculata University, commented that “Immaculata’s partnership with DeSales affirms our commitment to offer the best education possible to those students who either live or work in Chester County. DeSales brings to Immaculata 14 years of experience in offering a quality program that is sought after by so many people. An alliance of two universities, founded on similar principles, naturally creates a perfect union.”

Management and Health Care Systems Management
Students will be able to pursue the management and health care systems management concentrations in the DeSales MBA Program. Courses will be taught by DeSales faculty members.

“DeSales brings the MBA intellectual property and experienced faculty. Immaculata brings the marketplace, logistics and a credible reputation,” said Dr. David Gilfoil, director of the DeSales MBA Program. “Together, we will be a formidable competitor in the Chester County area.”

According to Gilfoil, Chester County is an ideal marketplace for the DeSales program, as it is the fourth fastest growing county in Pennsylvania and has the right demographics relating to per capita income, education attainment level, and a target community ideal for the DeSales MBA concentration offerings of management and health care systems management.

“DeSales’ initial MBA offerings will be tailored to Immaculata’s current adult student population, a group that responded quite favorably to our general interest survey,” said Gilfoil. “We plan on expanding and building our concentration offerings upon initial success with that group.”

About the Program
Anyone interested in enrolling in the DeSales MBA Program at Immaculata will be admitted through the DeSales University admissions process and must meet all the necessary requirements.

“DeSales and Immaculata have a partnership ‘chemistry.’ We share the same passion for Christian humanism, the same values, ethical principles and educational standards,” said Gilfoil. “We believe Chester County, with the right customer demographics and surrounding business communities to engage, is an ideal marketplace.”

Approximately 1,650 students have graduated from the DeSales MBA Program, since it was established in 1996. Companies represented by students in the program include Air Products & Chemicals, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Dun & Bradstreet, Dupont Pharmaceuticals, Kraft Foods, Lockheed Martin, Lucent, Lutron, Lehigh Valley Hospital, PNC Bank, Olympus, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Rohm & Haas, Sanofi-Pasteur, Sodexho, St. Luke’s Hospital, Verizon, among others.

“Immaculata’s College of Graduate Studies is pleased to welcome DeSales to Chester County. The two schools have much in common: commitment to a values-based education, focus on academic excellence and service to the needs of working adults. I believe that this new partnership will offer students the best of both institutions and, as a result, they will experience a unique and unparalleled learning opportunity,” commented Dr. Janet Kane, Dean, College of Graduate Studies at Immaculata University.

Immaculata University is a private, Catholic, coeducational institution sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The University, located on 375-acres 20 miles west of Philadelphia, offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 60 academic programs. It has approximately 100 full-time faculty members and an enrollment of nearly 4,000. Founded originally as Villa Maria in 1920, the name was formally changed to Immaculata College in 1929.

DeSales University, in Center Valley, Pa., is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. Founded by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales in 1965, the 450-acre suburban campus is located 50 miles north of Philadelphia and about 90 miles south of New York City. A total enrollment of nearly 3,000 includes undergraduate day and evening students and graduate students. DeSales has approximately full-time faculty members and offers 37 bachelor’s degrees and six graduate programs in a wide range of disciplines. The university also offers the ACCESS Program, the region’s leading accelerated degree program for adults.

Anyone wanting to learn more about this exciting partnership can contact the program coordinator, Joe Zukauskas at 215-361-3465


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