The Career MBA Program:
The Career MBA Program is designed for students who wish to emphasize a particular functional area of business. A set of courses appropriate to the career goal is selected by the student and the appropriate Graduate Faculty Advisor with the approval of the Associate Dean.
Admission to the program and other requirements are identical to those of the regular MBA. Students may change to the Career MBA or MBA at any time, but are encouraged to decide early in order to avoid taking courses for which credit cannot be given. Students with an undergraduate business major are, generally, advised not to emphasize the same area in the MBA.
The program consists of 48 units of coursework designed to ensure broad competence in management, in technical skills and in human relations as well as in the area of specialization. Current curriculum sheets for each emphasis as well as information on Graduate Faculty Advisors are available in the Graduate Business Programs Office. Students may choose one of the following emphases:
Provides emphasis on public accounting, management accounting, or internal auditing (with the possibility of preparing for certification); or, in the areas of government and not-for-profit accounting or taxation. Intermediate accounting courses may be required for no graduate credit for some of these tracks, and are recommended for all.
For those interested in founding their own business or working effectively in the fast-changing world of growing companies. In addition to the emphasis on start-up companies and small business management, this concentration examines the strategies used in larger corporations to tap the entrepreneurial spirit.
Provides specialization in the areas of financial analysis, the management of financial institutions, security analysis, and multi-national finance.
Designed for managers who desire an MBA with a management operations theme in the hospitality industry. The Collins College of Hospitality Management (rated one of the top-five hospitality management programs in North America) offers the hospitality emphasis with courses in management, strategy, leadership, operations analysis, multi-unit management, and information systems.
Human Resource Management
Covers such areas as employee selection, training and development, benefits programs, compensation, legal requirements, and personnel problems in diverse organizations. Prepares individuals for a variety of careers in the human resources field.
Provides knowledge and expertise in international business needed to allow students to work for and/or with multinational firms. Students will be introduced to the global economic environment and the complexities of multinational sources of supply, markets, and funding. Many graduates will apply their business skills to careers in international trade.
Provides for specialization in marketing, the business function that identifies unfulfilled needs and wants, defines and measures their magnitude, determines which target markets the organization can best serve, decides on appropriate products, services, and programs to serve these markets, and calls upon everyone in the organization to “think and serve the customer.” Students who complete this emphasis will develop the skills and knowledge needed to become marketing managers and aid their organizations in achieving marketing objectives.
Technology and Operations Management
Provides basic knowledge and expertise for students with career interests in the management of manufacturing and service operations. A broad selection of course offerings permits students to tailor their program in the areas of Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, E-business, lean operations, project management (PERT/CPM), quality assurance (Six Sigma), purchasing, forecasting, facilities management, and quantitative methods (simulation modeling and management science).