The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program emphasizes analytical and critical thinking skills, evaluation of alternative courses of action, understanding of the impact of the business environment on business decisions and application of ethical principles in identifying and resolving business dilemmas.
This program emphasizes decision making, problem solving, understanding the role of business in society and developing leadership ability and social responsibility.
The business analytics specialization prepares students to utilize and analyze data to strengthen business decision-making processes. The distinctive program offers a tight integration of the science and technology underlying business analytics with solving key business problems in the areas of operations management, sales, marketing, finance and economics. Equipped with this knowledge, graduates will lead organizations to strengthen their competitive position, achieve operational efficiency and develop innovative products that anticipate far-reaching changes and trends in the marketplace.
The finance specialization focuses on theories and practices on issues related to investing, raising capital and managing risks. Students will learn to analyze financial statements and build complex financial models for forecasting operating and financial performance, credit evaluation and asset valuation. Financial management of a multinational firm will be studied, with an emphasis on exchange rate risk management and financial structures. Students will also examine equity and debt markets, portfolio management, international investing, and asset allocation as well as the use of technology in finance. In addition to the general business acumen, students will gain the ability to analyze finance related issues for corporations and strengthen their finance decision making processes.
The health services administration specialization prepares students for health administration careers. The mission is to improve the delivery of health services and the health of the populations served through the education of professional managers. The educational philosophy is to provide a balance among general, management, and health services education.
The marketing specialization will help students develop skills in a variety of marketing areas. Students will benefit from in-depth study of consumer behavior, new product development, branding and other topics relevant in today’s dynamic market environment. In addition to the core M.B.A. courses which prepare students for leadership in any business role, students pursuing the marketing specialization can cultivate a more focused career path with strengths in creativity, market analysis, and strategic marketing.
The operations and supply chain management specialization will help students develop skills relevant to all industries. Students will benefit from in-depth study of supply chain management, lean management, quality control and other topics relevant in today’s rapidly evolving global market. In addition to the core M.B.A. courses which prepare students for leadership in any business role, students pursuing the operations and supply chain management specialization can cultivate a more focused career path with strengths in managing logistics, sourcing, quality and waste elimination.
Business majors meeting requirements for entry into the M.B.A. program may opt to complete both the B.B.A and M.B.A. concurrently. Students who pursue this fast-track option will be awarded their undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously, upon completion of the two programs.
A joint program with the School of Law in which students earn both degrees concurrently in three years.
For detailed admission requirements, please refer to Business Administration in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.
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