New Year’s resolutions for working professionals often focus on increasing skills and business connections for career advancement. To help professionals meet these goals in 2015, DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business is offering a range of fresh business degree options.

The programs feature part-time and evening options and target a wide array of professionals, from those new to the workforce to seasoned executives. The offerings reflect the depth and flexibility of academic programs at DePaul’s highly respected business school.

Unique to the Chicago market, DePaul’s Evening Cohort MBA combines the best features of full-time and part-time MBA programs by proving working professionals with the camaraderie and network-building benefits of taking all of their MBA classes together as a group, but in a convenient, accelerated after-work schedule. The program focuses on strategy, leadership and change management and aims to develop professionals for senior positions in business, consulting and nonprofits. 

The cohort program, which luanched in September, is proving popular because it serves the diverse needs of students who seek both flexibility and a cohort experience.

DePaul’s business school also has introduced two new specialized master of science degrees this academic year. The Master of Science in Management is geared to the needs of entry-level professionals who are seeking career advancement. The program provides knowledge in areas that are critical to organization management, including supply chain economics, management of human capital, organizational structure and governance, innovations and customer service.

“This program is especially attractive to international students who work in industries and companies that emphasis a technical or scientific background,” says Scott Young, chair of DePaul’s Department of Management. “But it also provides students with a deep understanding of business management in a short time frame.” 

Another offering, the Master of Science in Hospitality and Operational Performance,​ is tailored  for professionals who want to develop leadership skills and operational capabilities that can be applied to management positions at a broad array of hospitality service enterprises. The program integrates core business and cutting-edge hospitality leadership knowledge, focusing on service innovation, technology relating to guest experiences and bottom-line performance.

Recruitment also is under way for DePaul’s first business doctoral degree. Scheduled to launch in September 2015, the Executive Doctorate in Business Administration is a practical, career-focused program that offers executives with eight or more years of experience an opportunity to gain a mastery of applied business research. Professionals who enroll in the three-year, part-time program will learn to solve complex business problems using applied, evidenced-based analysis of business intelligence. It will feature a small, tight-knit cohort of about 20 students who will work with research-focused faculty on group projects and dissertations that tackle relevant business issues.

“Graduates of the program will have the ability to rigorously analyze real-world business issues and find hidden solutions—a very marketable leadership ability in the age of big data,” says Ray Whittington, dean of the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Learn ​more​ about the DePaul Executive Doctorate in Business Administration.

Learn more about the DePaul Evening Cohort MBA.

Learn more about DePaul MS in Management.

Learn more about DePaul MS in Hospitality Leadership and Operational Management.