MSU continues investment in Detroit

Posted at 11:50 AM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 11:50:29-04

In its latest chapter of investing in Detroit’s resurgence, Michigan State University will take its Eli Broad College of Business Executive MBA program to the city. This will be the first MBA program of this kind in Detroit.

As added support, MSU will provide scholarships to reduce the cost of the program by half to professionals who work in the nonprofit sector or are members of the Michigan Nonprofit Association.

Eli Broad, a Detroit native and renowned business leader, graduated with honors from Michigan State University in 1954 with a degree in accounting. In 1991, Broad made what was at the time the largest gift commitment ever made to a public business school.

“I credit my education at MSU as the foundation for my business success, and Broad College has become one of the country’s leading business schools,” Broad said. “I expect aspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs in Detroit will jump at the opportunity to earn an executive MBA from MSU, which will build the talent to help the city continue its economic resurgence.”

For decades, MSU has been working with partners in Detroit to support economic development, advance the arts, transform schools, improve health and sustain the environment, said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “Bringing our EMBA program to the people who live and work in the city is an important part of the continued revitalization of this great city. We are proud to work alongside Detroiters.”

MSU’s engagement in Detroit is an intentional result of our land grant mission to work with stakeholders where they live as partners in empowering people for better lives and as co-creators of solutions to their most pressing problems.

“Our EMBA program is the oldest in the country among public universities, and given the city’s resurgence of young professionals and startups, we’re ready to establish MSU as the premier program that contributes directly to education for a growing city economy,” said Sanjay Gupta, dean of the Broad College of Business. “Our commitment has been – and will always be – to create leaders through an experience that aligns with the needs of business and the community.”

The Detroit EMBA program will begin in the fall of 2017. Classes will be held at the Hutzel Professional Building at the Detroit Medical Center in midtown.

Established in 1964, the Broad Executive MBA is a 20-month program conducted in a weekend format.


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