Students in the MBA program may pursue an optional area of specialization in accounting, finance, technology and information management, marketing, or supply chain management. An area of specialization requires twelve credit hours of approved MBA elective coursework. Each specialization normally consists of nine credits of coursework within the specific field of study plus a three credit complementary course.
Students may take all twelve credit hours within a particular field, eliminating the complementary course, if sufficient courses are offered in the discipline, and students maintain reasonable breadth in their MBA program of study. Elective coursework must cover at least three distinct fields of study in College of Business.
Students may pursue a double specialization which requires a minimum of seven elective courses. One elective must be outside the two specialization areas.
Students may take more than one complementary course within their specialization as long as reasonable breadth is maintained. Students may select a complementary course not listed with approval from their major professor.
The accounting specialization is designed to equip the accounting professional with the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively within today's technology-driven, global economy. Issues and challenges facing the accounting profession today are explored.
The finance specialization will provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of corporate financial management and investments strategies. Coursework is offered in advanced financial analysis and decision-making, portfolio management, derivative markets, and real estate finance.
The marketing specialization will help you acquire skills in analyzing and using existing data to make effective marketing decisions. Marketing coursework provides you with an understanding of various marketing concepts, models, and tools to examine how consumers behave and markets function.
Supply chain management (SCM) is one of the fastest growing areas in business today. Increased globalization and rapidly advancing information technology tools are prime factors affecting the movement of parts, management of inventory flow, fulfillment of customer orders, and whether dealer requirements and deadlines are met in a timely manner. SCM integrates global information and processes across all business functions including supply management, operations, information technology, and logistics.
The Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) specialization examines issues related to the development and management of information and knowledge-based technologies. Topics include decision support and data-mining, human-computer interaction, system security and integrity, and project management. The TIM specializtion also focuses on the management of innovation and the commercialization of new technologies.