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10 Unique M.B.A. Concentrations

Earning an M.B.A. can increase your job prospects and earning power, and selecting an M.B.A. concentration can make you even more marketable. Take a look at some of the most unique concentrations available today.

Regardless of your undergraduate major, if you’re interested in expanding your job prospects and working in the business world, pursuing an M.B.A. can be an excellent plan of attack. An M.B.A. will both broaden your knowledge of a wide range of business topics and give you the practical experience you need to succeed in your career.

Once you’ve set your sights on an M.B.A., your next decision will be where to focus your studies. An M.B.A. concentration allows you to tailor your degree to your interests and goals and helps you learn about a particular aspect or field of business in greater depth. Common concentrations include areas such as accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, management, and real estate. But there are many business schools that offer especially unique concentrations. Here’s a look at just a few of them.

  1. Business Strategy and Decision Making at DePaul University
    This concentration’s main goal is to help individuals and organizations make decisions in a disciplined and strategic way. Excelling in business and policy-making is all about correctly diagnosing a problem or position, making the best decisions to improve upon this position, and sustaining this improvement over the long run. This concentration will equip students with the right tools to accomplish these goals.”
  2. Energy and Environment at Duke University
    “In this concentration, students will learn about the energy industry; how energy and environmental issues will affect businesses in the future; tools for analyzing energy and environmental problems; and strategies that businesses can use to succeed in an economy in which energy and environmental issues are much more important than they have been in the past.”
  3. Communication and Media Technologies at Rochester Institute of Technology
    This concentration, offered by the College of Liberal Arts, prepares students for careers as communication experts in commerce, industry, education, entertainment, government, and the not-for-profit sector.”
  4. Corporate Innovation at the University of Virginia
    “Students fulfilling this concentration graduate with the mindset and skill set to succeed at identifying and implementing innovation in a corporate setting.”
  5. CleanTech at the University of Texas at Austin
    “The CleanTech concentration prepares you for a career in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and emissions abatement. [It] gives you the opportunity to combine courses across various schools to best prepare for their career of choice. You will also connect with Austin’s booming CleanTech industry through the Clean Energy Incubator and a variety of on- and off-campus opportunities.”
  6. Ethics and Social Responsibility at Carnegie Mellon University
    “The Ethics and Social Responsibility concentration prepares students to assess ethical contexts and business situations to make well-informed decisions based on a logical framework. [It] presents a series of electives focusing on sustainability, ethics, social responsibility, and accountability in business to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage ethical challenges within a dynamic business context.”
  7. Creativity and Innovation at Rice University
    This 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.”
  8. BioSciences Management at North Carolina State University
    BioSciences Management focuses on the emerging life sciences industry and its many challenges. This practical program brings together both the scientific and management sides of the business to better prepare you for a career or career advancement in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.”
  9. Museum Leadership and Management at the University of Delaware
    The concentration is designed to create new options for M.B.A. candidates seeking career opportunities with museums, historical organizations, or other associated enterprises. The partnership between the M.B.A. and Museum Studies programs . . . makes it possible for you to complete the requirements for certification in Museum Studies if you wish.”
  10. Customized M.B.A. Concentrations at Rutgers University (offered at the Newark and New Brunswick campuses)
    Rutgers offers students a Customized M.B.A. option on a case-by-case basis. M.B.A. candidates can look through the school’s course offerings and curriculum, come up with a written proposal of courses, and submit the proposal to the department chair(s).

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