Degree Concentrations

MBA candidates have the option to complete a maximum of two concentrations within the general management curriculum. While concentrations are not required in order to graduate, students who choose a concentration will be able to demonstrate specialized knowledge of a particular business function or industry, based on their career direction. Concentrations consist of 9 to 12 credit hours of coursework and are reflected on the MBA transcript.

Concentration in Accounting

The concentration in Accounting provides a broad understanding of the use and importance of accounting information to decision makers within the firm and to external users of financial statements. The core financial and management accounting courses provide a basic understanding of accounting principles. Completion of the concentration in accounting will serve to reinforce the fundamental concepts from the core and to provide additional insight into accounting processes and principles and enhance the ability to analyze and interpret accounting reports.

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Course Requirements

Students concentrating in Accounting must complete at least 9.0 credit hours from the approved Concentration Summary document. 

Concentration in Energy

 

The concentration in energy provides commercial acumen and leadership perspective to students who have a technical background and develops their capability for taking additional responsibilities and higher-level management roles at companies in the energy and oil and gas sector. This is accomplished by inculcating student engagement in a curriculum that addresses three distinct, but inter-related, career paths which are widely regarded as conduits to leadership positions in energy industry midstream and upstream organizations: finance, operations, and product/customer focus.

 

To earn the Energy Concentration, JGSB 2016 students must complete at least 9 credit hours across the Group A (Foundational ), Group B (Environment), Group C (Application and Context), and the ICO courses.

 

 

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Course Requirements 

Students concentrating in Energy must complete at least 9 credit hours from the approved Concentration Summary document. 

 

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Concentration in Entrepreneurship

The concentration in Entrepreneurship provides students a framework for being an entrepreneur.  The required courses equip students with the tools and processes for starting a business.  The remaining courses allow students to select specific entrepreneurial topics suited to their objectives.


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Course Requirements

Students concentrating in Entrepreneurship must complete at least 12 credit hours from the approved Concentration Summary document.


Concentration in Finance

The Finance Concentration provides students with a broad foundation in financial management principles and an opportunity for further specialization. Students are required to complete the primary finance electives in the MBA program and Financial Statement Analysis. Students supplement these foundational courses with at least two more specialized offerings from a list of approved courses.

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Course Requirements

Students concentrating in Finance must complete at least 12.0 credit hours from the approved Concentration Summary document. 

 

Concentration in Health Care

The focus of the concentration in Health Care is to provide students with an understanding of how management principles are interpreted and applied in the different inter-locked sectors (providers, hospitals/small practices, payers, pharmaceutical, biotechnology) of the health care industry, and how the different dynamics in these sectors make it uniquely health care.


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 Course Requirements

Students concentrating in Health Care must complete at least 12.0 credit hours from the approved Concentration Summary document.

 

Concentration in Marketing

 

The concentration in Marketing prepares students for careers in strategic marketing across a wide range of organizations, markets and industries.  It provides critical knowledge for understanding and analyzing customers, and emphasizes the development of requisite quantitative and conceptual skills for contributing to the firm’s overall success.

 

Among the career trajectories for which students will be prepared are product management, customer analytics and customer insights, and management consulting.

 

Beyond the essential skills in quantitative methods and essential foundational topics in strategic marketing, the concentration offers students the opportunity for developing expertise in a number of specific application areas, including energy, health care and entrepreneurship.

 

Apart from the marketing concentration, selected marketing courses are particularly valuable preparation for careers in consulting, strategy, operations, financial services and investment banking.  These include Customer Analytics, Marketing Analytics, and Customer Relationship Management.

 


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Course Requirements

Students concentrating in Marketing must complete at least 12.0 credit hours from the approved Concentration Summary document.

 

Concentration in Mastering Creativity and Innovation

Creativity in business is the production of novel, useful, and ethical ideas concerning products, services, and processes. Innovation is the implementation of creative ideas and practices throughout an organization. Because creativity and innovation are essential skills for a wide variety of companies in different kinds of industries to gain competitive advantage, this concentration will tremendously benefit students whatever functional areas or industries in which they are interested in pursuing a career.

The concentration will provide students with a theoretical understanding of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial behaviors within the organization as a coherent management process and a set of conceptual frameworks that can be applied to the creation, identification, analysis, and implementation of new ideas and new ventures within firms. It will also provide students with analytic frameworks and tools to examine the patterns and sources of technological change and the mechanisms for capturing the economic benefits from innovation. Students will also learn to explore the many dimensions of entrepreneurial behaviors, venture creation, and new business development in for‐profit or not for‐profit organizations. Last, it will help students develop and strengthen managerial skills to nurture and promote creativity in their employees, and link creativity with innovation and entrepreneurial behaviors within their organizations.

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Course Requirements

Students concentrating in Mastering Creativity & Innovation must complete at least 9.0 credit hours from the approved Concentration Summary document.


Concentration in Operations Management

 

The concentration in Operations Management presents students with a framework for design, planning, control, coordination and improvement of business processes, systems and resources essential to meet consumers’ needs.  Instead of the technical engineering view of operations, the focus is on managing the business well.

 

The required courses provide students with a deeper understanding of the match between the firm’s operational competencies, processes and supply chain and desired business strategies. The elective courses aim at sharpening the skills in more specific industry and firm domains. 



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Course Requirements

 

Students concentrating in Operations Management must complete at least 9.0 credit hours from the approved Concentration Summary document.


Concentration in Real Estate

 

The concentration in Real Estate prepares students for a career in the real estate industry.  The required course, MGMT 659, introduces a series of basic business concepts commonly used in the real estate industry and it covers in details the application of the discounted cash flow model to real estate decisions. The elective courses provide for both a depth and breadth of understanding of the industry.

 


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Course Requirements

Students concentrating in Real Estate must complete at least 12 credit hours of approved Real Estate courses from the Concentration Summary document.


 

Concentration in Strategic Management

 

The concentration in Strategic Management prepares students for careers in strategic planning, management consulting, and global business management across a variety of industries such as health care, energy, high technologies, consumer products, and professional services. It provides knowledge and analytic tools for students to understand why some companies are financially much more successful than others and to analyze how executives (at different levels) can devise a set of strategies and design processes that allow their companies to achieve competitive advantage.

 

Beyond the essential analytical frameworks and skills in strategic management, the concentration offers students the opportunity to develop expertise in a number of areas including strategic alliances, merger and acquisition, global market entry and management, strategy and business model innovations, organizational change, and corporate entrepreneurship.



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Course Requirements

 

Students concentrating in Strategic Management must complete at least 9.0 credit hours from the approved Concentration Summary document.