Program Updates


Campus presentation on APA style promotes MBA student success

The Concordia University Chicago College of Business offered a workshop for MBA students on the topic of Writing with APA Formatting.  The academic workshop was presented by APA expert, Dean Claudia Santin, on February 7, 2017 in the university’s Koehneke Community Center (KCC). 

Students who were unfamiliar or needed a refresher picked up a lot of key information about APA at the seminar. Dean Santin explained why academic writing formats are used and the advantages that APA has compared to other styles. Dr. Santin also pointed students to useful websites and library sources to use in case they forget how to apply the style. The seminar was delivered in a fun, relaxed way. Dean Santin related her personal experiences – and headaches – related to using academic formatting. Dr. Santin and the students also tried out some group quizzes with online polling.

This workshop is the first in a series to support MBA student success. The series will cover topics such as  Academic Writing, APA, Research Methodology, and Career Readiness. Stay tuned for the date of the next workshop; seating is limited.

John Kennedy, Progress Rail Executive, Casts Insight into Global Corporate Development

On February 8, 2017, John Kennedy spoke at Concordia University- Chicago (CUC) as part of the College of Business Global Speaker Series.

John Kennedy is Vice President Finance at Progress Rail, a subsidiary of Caterpillar (a $47.1 billion, NYSE traded company). As head of Corporate Development, Mr. Kennedy travels the world evaluating and negotiating acquisitions for this multinational manufacturer of rail equipment and engines. Mr. Kennedy spoke about his own background and how he rose from an undergraduate accounting major to his leadership role at Progress Rail. He described how he evaluates international deals from the point of view of company strategy, country risk, trade barriers, etc.

Among Mr. Kennedy’s most interesting insights were his observations on the international challenges a global company faces and the importance of sales agents to get entry and presence in the foreign countries. He elaborated how companies grow and diversify three different ways from organic, acquisitions and Greenfield. He also shared how a company like Progress Rail gets its ideas for acquisitions and how it filters them.

With his closing thoughts, Mr. Kennedy very carefully laid out the steps one has to take to pursue his/her career. He also gave suggestions about how one can find success by following simple roadmaps.

Mr. Kennedy’s talk was of vital interest to all students interested in careers in strategic leadership. His talk enriched students pursuing Global Marketing, Global Management and Financial Management with his practical knowledge in these areas.  [Photo: Mr. John Kennedy (right) with Dr. Claudia Santin, Dean of the CUC College of Business and Professor of Leadership]

Doctorate in Business Administration Program Approved

Concordia University of Chicago (CUC) College of Business can now grant the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) to its students. The Higher Learning Commission, which accredits universities in the 19-state North Central region, recently approved the new degree program. After an 18-month period of development and a rigorous approval process, the DBA will proudly launch its first cohort in March 2017.

Concordia-Chicago’s innovative DBA program is designed for professionals who have the commitment and motivation to complete their program of study within three years. Like the CUC MBA, the DBA has a global focus. Students may select from two specializations: 1) Leadership and Innovation, and 2) Healthcare Administration. The program will be delivered both face-to-face and online. The College currently offers B.S. and B.A. degrees in Business Administration as well as MBA degrees. Students pursuing the CUC DBA will have a competitive advantage when looking for careers in consulting, teaching, or serving in senior leadership positions within global organizations.

The Concordia University of Chicago DBA is unique from others in several respects. Each student will be assigned a faculty member who will mentor them on a one-on-one basis as a critical friend and coach throughout the program of study. The goal of this dynamic mentoring partnership is to help advance the DBA student’s academic and professional goals, research agenda, and to encourage candidate retention and program completion. In addition, students will attend three residencies over the course of their DBA program to help them develop their research plans, as well as to provide the opportunity to engage with peers and faculty in their learning community. 

Students may enroll for the doctorate program beginning in March 2017. For more information, please visit the program page


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