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Specializations to help you meet your professional goals.

The MBA offers 11 areas of specialization to enhance your career and help you meet your personal goals. You may specialize in one of the areas below by taking 9 credits of electives in that area of study.

You can also customize your specialization by taking 9 credits of electives in any approved 700-level MBA course.

You can also complete the entire Flexible Core by completing all eight courses. This will satisfy the 9-credit Flexible Core requirement in addition to the 9-credit specialization requirement.

Customized ¦ Cyber Security and Organizational Resilience ¦ Data Analytics ¦ Digital Business ¦ Entrepreneurship ¦ Managing Financial Performance ¦ Global Management ¦ Health Care Management ¦ Leadership and Organizational Learning ¦ Marketing ¦ Public-Sector Management

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Customized Option

Build your MBA to fit your career goals.

Ideal for students whose career ambitions go beyond a defined specialization, the customized option allows you to choose most 600-level or any 700-level MBA course, as part of your elective requirements. For example, if you are a marketing manager but want to transition to the technology industry, you may decide to take a combination of marketing and information systems electives. Someone starting a new business may want to take entrepreneurship, finance and human resource management electives.

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Cyber Security and Organizational Resilience

Information/ cyber security has moved from being an operational IT issue to a C-suite issue. This specialization will provide students with a strategic understanding of the managerial issues around risk and organizational resilience. You'll choose from among the following courses:

Required:

  • INSS 70 - Principles of Information Security Management 
  • INSS 753 - Information Security and Business Continuity 

Choose three credits from the following:

  • INSS 621 - Digital Transformation 
  • INSS 622 - Digital Innovation 
  • INSS 722 - Visual Business Intelligence 
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Data Analytics

Facility with data and analytics methods are increasingly in demand for managers, and this will allow MBA students to build upon the predictive analytics knowledge acquired in the MBA core.  You'll choose from among the following courses:

Required:

  • INSS 611 - Data Science Toolkit I 
  • INSS 612 - Data Science Toolkit II 
  • INSS 722 - Visual Business Intelligence 

Choose three credits from the following:

  • INSS 651 - Database Systems 
  • MKTG 780 - Marketing Information and Analysis 
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Digital Business

Digital transformation and innovation are forcing business to rapidly adapt. This specialization will provide students with an understanding of the key effects of technological change on business. You'll choose from among the following courses:

Required:

  • INSS 621 - Digital Transformation  
  • INSS 622 - Digital Innovation 

Choose six credits from the following:

  • INSS 651 - Database Systems
  • INSS 703 - Principles of Information Security Management 
  • INSS 722 - Visual Business Intelligence 
  • MGMT 760 - Organizational Creativity and Innovation 
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Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurship specialization prepares you to start and manage all types of ventures. As part of this specialization, you can partner with high-technology inventors to work on real-life products. Courses stress creativity, feasibility analysis, marketing, financing and intellectual property. You'll choose from among the following courses: 

  • ENTR 760 - Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • MKTG 762 - Market Opportunity Analysis
  • FIN 770 - Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Capital
  • MGMT 710 - Human Resource and Compensation Management
  • MGMT 732 - Leadership: Self-Organization in the Firm
  • MGMT 760 - Organizational Creativity and Innovation
  • MGMT 795 - Entrepreneurship Practicum
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Managing Financial Performance

The managing financial performance specialization offers you many opportunities to learn about the financial management of a business, valuing investments in securities and other assets, and the general structure and functioning of financial institutions and markets. You can choose courses that enable you to complete either a general finance specialization or a specialization focusing on corporate finance, investment management or financial institutions. You'll choose from among the following courses:

  • ACCT 601 - Forensic Accounting Principles, prereq., ACCT 505
  • ACCT 720 - Design of Managerial Cost and Control Systems 
  • prereq., ACCT 605
  • ACCT 740 - Advanced Topics in Assurance Services prereq., ACCT 512
  • FIN 615 - Entrepreneurial Finance  -or-
  • FIN 625 - Corporate Finance (1.5 cr.) prereq. FIN 605
  • (whichever is not taken as part of the MBA Flex Core)
  • FIN 700 Financial Reporting prereq. FIN 605
  • FIN 705 - Advanced Financial Analysis ( prereq. FIN 605
  • FIN 725 - Risk Management prereq. FIN 605
  • INSS 703 - Principles of Information Security Management prereq. INSS 605
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Global Management

This specialization develops managers and business leaders for rewarding careers in international businesses, government agencies and multicultural organizations. You'll gain a theoretical basis for understanding the core concepts of global business. These include but are not limited to global finance, global marketing management, cross-cultural leadership, and business strategy in an international business environment.

You'll choose nine credits from the following courses:

  • OPM 625 - Operations and Supply Chain Management*, prereq., OPM 505
  • FIN 720 - Global Finance prereq., FIN 505
  • MGMT 780 - Leading Across Cultures  prereq., MGMT 605
  • MGMT 781 - International Business Strategy  prereq. all 500-level MBA courses
  • MGMT 796 - Global Business Practicum "Dean's Office Approval"
  • MGMT 798 - Global Field Study "Dean's Office Approval"
  • MKTG 760 - Global Marketing Management, prereq., MKTG 605

* If OPM 615 - Innovation and Project Management is taken to satisfy the MBA Flex Core requirement.

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Health Care Management

This specialization allows health-care professionals to advance their careers by strengthening their credentials as health-care managers, administrators and consultants. It provides a sound basis in the latest business practices and leadership skills. You'll choose from among the following courses:

  • ECON 765 - The Health Services System
  • HSMG 630 - The Legal Environment of Health-Care Management
  • HSMG 650 - Quantitative Management Methods for Decisions in Health Services
  • HSMG 691 - Health Planning and Program Evaluation
  • HSMG 697 - Health Insurance and Prepaid Health Care
  • HSMG 750 - Health-Care Systems, Organization and Management
  • HSMG 752 - Special Topics in Public Health Administration
  • HSMG 753 - Policy Issues in Health Care
  • HSMG 755 - Health Administration
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Leadership and Organizational Learning

This specialization focuses on MBA courses that promote cross-functional business skills. The courses in this specialization contain timeless ideas influencing how you view leadership, management and professional development, and they provide a unique perspective on leadership, including theory, essential skills, organizational forms, and organizational learning and transformation.

You'll choose from among the following courses:

  • MGMT 730 - Leadership, Learning and Change
  • MGMT 731 - Leadership Seminar
  • MGMT 732 - Leadership: Self-Organization in the Firm
  • MGMT 710 - Human Resource and Compensation Management
  • MGMT 760 - Organizational Creativity and Innovation
  • MKTG 760 - Global Marketing Management
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MArketing

The marketing expertise and skills you will acquire in this specialization are designed for lifelong value both domestically and globally. The marketing specialization prepares you to better understand the strategies associated with creating customer value. You'll broaden your marketing entrepreneurial skills, and strengthen your analytical skills. You will be introduced to the fast-changing world of marketing communications and digital media that is transforming how customers engage with brands.

You'll choose nine credits from the following courses:

  • MKTG 615 - Entrepreneurial Marketing* prereq., MKTG 605  -or- MKTG 625 - Customer and Markets*, prereq., MKTG 605
  • MKTG 742 - Social, Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing 
  • prereq., MKTG 605
  • MKTG 755 - Marketing Communications and Social Media,
  • prereq., MKTG 605
  • MKTG 760 - Global Marketing Management, MKTG 605
  • MKTG 762 - Market Opportunity Analysis, prereq., MKTG 605
  • MKTG 770 - Product and Brand Management, prereq., MKTG 605
  • MKTG 780 - Market Information and Analysis (3 cr)
  • prereq., MKTG 605 and OPRE 506 - or equivalent
  • MKTG 797 - Special Topics
  • MKTG 798 - Global Field Study
  • MKTG 799 - Independent Study

* NOTE: Whichever one is not taken as part of the flexible core:

-- 1.5 cr fulfills Flex Core requirement and 1.5 cr fulfills Marketing specialization credit when both marketing Flex Core options are successfully completed.

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Public Sector Management

Offered in partnership with the University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs, this specialization focuses on managing public-sector agencies effectively and efficiently using knowledge of public policy and business to make better decisions. This perspective prepares graduates for careers as managers and policymakers in governmental agencies, nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations. You'll choose from among the following courses:

  • PUAD 625 - Innovations in Public Management
  • PUAD 629 - Public Program Evaluation
  • PUAD 764 - Public Policy Implementation
  • PUAD 785 - Public-Sector Performance Measurement
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Dual Degree Options

The MBA offers three dual-degree programs to help you set yourself apart in your chosen field of study. We have partnerships with both the University of Baltimore and University of Maryland's Baltimore campus. Learn more about these options.