About DePaul’s Business Architecture Program

DePaul’s program follows Chicago School of Business Architecture theory, which views the organization as an interdependent set of parts that, as a whole, competes in the marketplace. The whole must be designed as one, and then translated to address the needs and speak the language of each department and discipline within the organization – Finance, Marketing, Manufacturing, IT, HR, etc.

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Business Architecture is a core skill needed by all managers and consultants, and should be taught within the MBA curriculum, where students who learn how each of the parts of the business function can then understand how they operate together.

DePaul’s Business Architecture Program was launched in 2001 within its top-ranked E-Business MBA program by Paul Arthur Bodine under the supervision of Dr. Sasha Dekleva. The first coursework was offered in 2002.

DePaul expanded the program to include coursework offered through its Continuing and Professional Education program to nondegree students and corporations in 2006.  The content, rigor and instruction of the program are always the same whether taught through degree or nondegree programs.

The structure of DePaul’s Business Architecture Program is based on the education of a building architect, with an advanced business design studio at the center surrounded by a variety of both technical and practice management coursework.

Currently, DePaul’s program consists of a single course, Business Architecture. It plans to expand this to three courses in the future and develop it into a full MBA concentration with classroom and distance learning versions.

DePaul’s Business Architecture Alumni

Now in its 11th year, over 395 students have completed the DePaul Business Architecture program.

Many of DePaul’s Business Architecture alumni have gone on to successful careers in Business Architecture as well as other related disciplines, working for some of the area’s largest corporations – United Airlines, Booz Allen Hamilton, W.W. Grainger, Allstate, etc. They formed a professional association for the profession and volunteer in many capacities in the industry.

DePaul’s College of Commerce

Established in 1912, DePaul University’s College of Commerce is the nation’s tenth oldest business school. Their part-time MBA program is the third largest in the country among those accredited by AACSB International and continues to be highly ranked in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of part-time MBA programs. For more information, visit DePaul University College of Commerce

DePaul University

With more than 25,000 students, DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the eighth-largest private, nonprofit university in the nation. DePaul offers approximately 275 graduate and undergraduate programs of study on two Chicago campuses and four suburban campuses and at several international locations. Founded in 1898, DePaul remains committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds. For more information, visit DePaul University