SPECIALIZATION OPTIONS

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Specializing your MBA allow you to focus on a particular area that aligns with your long-term career goals. It also signals to employers that you bring a higher level of commitment and passion for pursuing that path.

You may choose to specialize your MBA in any of the ten areas listed below. You must take 7.5 elective credits to earn a specialization. Courses covering multiple subjects can be counted toward separate specializations. You are not required to specialize to earn a general MBA.

 

As companies continue to collect data at an exponential rate, they look for those with strong analytical skills for managerial decision-making. With an Analytics specialization, you can learn to better manage and visualize data, model uncertainty in complex business decisions, analytics in performance management, sports analytics, and mine data for insight and prediction to validate your decisions with data.

More and more, business leaders need to be value creators for their organizations. A Finance specialization exposes you to courses in corporate finance and financial markets where you will learn how organizations select, make and finance investments and how the financial markets operate and value these investments to provide you with a foundation to better understand and lead these decisions.

The Healthcare specialization provides an opportunity to build upon existing knowledge of the opportunities and challenges associated with healthcare administration. The specialization includes courses that address the changing landscape of American healthcare, global issues in healthcare, and management and leadership in the healthcare arena to help you effectively drive change in the field.

The International Business specialization covers the increasingly global nature of today's business world—management, leadership, and decision-making in international and/or cross-cultural environments—and the ways in which the dynamics of various geographies and industries are impacted by globalization. Although the MBA curriculum requires international business coursework, choosing this specialization signals to employers that you bring a heightened understanding of how to engage in the increasingly complex global business environment.

Cyber Security affects every component of business and government today particularly given the growing risks of compromised data, identity theft and online scams. With this specialization, you will be able to identify the scope and nature of cyber threats while discussing the best cyber security practices for mitigating them and be well-positioned to provide frameworks for audit, risk assessment, cyber solutions and policy remedies.

A large percentage of professionals will either rotate through marketing positions during their careers or spend a significant amount of their careers in the marketing field. With a Marketing specialization, you will learn how to access real-time information, analyze consumer data, solve problems, and communicate results. You will also learn how to develop and implement consumer and business-to-business products and services, and how to strategically manage product pricing, promotion and distribution to drive revenue for your organization.

Today, nearly all of the global economy and the most successful companies are rooted in IT. A specialization in Management Information Systems is designed to help you bridge the gap between business and technology to lead in the digital age. You will learn how to leverage IT to help organizations become more competitive and innovative. Courses cover a wide range of technologies such as Mobile Applications, Big Data, Analytics, and enterprise applications such as Customer Relationship Management.

The Real Estate specialization is designed to provide MBA students with broad exposure to all aspects of the real estate industry, with a focus on the investment in and development of commercial real estate. The courses are designed to develop intuition and technical ability that can be applied to a wide array of real estate decision making.

The Strategic Management specialization provides a top-management, long-term view of organizations. Courses within this specialization are designed to help you build competencies with respect to executive decision-making, policy formulation and implementation to prepare you to participant and contribute to these leadership discussions.

The Sustainability specialization takes a unique, whole systems approach to identifying and assessing sustainability issues. Using a life cycle lens and STEEP (Social, Technology, Economic, Environment, Political) framework, the courses will expose you to challenges and opportunities with climate change, public policy, socio-economic equity, eco-efficient material use and implementing sustainable solutions—putting you and your career at the forefront of some the world’s most important issues.

Nicholas Pontarelli
Admissions Coordinator
Flex-Track MBA Program