Area of Emphasis
In addition to your required Full-time MBA specialization, the W. P. Carey School makes it possible for you to further customize your degree with an optional area of emphasis. An area of emphasis allows you to take the majority of your elective courses in one area of study, giving you the opportunity to gain greater depth of knowledge in another discipline of your choice. Each area of emphasis requires nine credit hours of associated elective courses. Some courses needed for completion of an area of emphasis may be offered during the evening and in a non-traditional format in conjunction with the W. P. Carey Evening MBA. Electives, in addition to the chosen specialization, also can be taken from different functional areas to provide breadth and flexibility in developing a personalized curriculum.
We offer many areas of emphasis for you to choose from:
If your goal is to start a new business or grow an existing one, this area of emphasis will provide you with in-depth knowledge of the financial implications of small business and the creative thinking skills necessary to develop a successful business plan.
Courses are designed for students seeking careers in the financial services industry or corporate finance. Completion of managerial finance, a core curriculum course, is required as a prerequisite, followed by a course in investment fundamentals and portfolio management. Additional electives may be selected to highlight mergers and acquisitions, international finance or taxes and business strategy.
An increasing demand for business leadership in health-related fields requires professionals who are prepared to work at the intersection of business and the rapidly-changing health industry. Students can choose to add an area of emphasis in Health Sector Management to their MBA degree to gain more in-depth knowledge of the health sector. Elective courses in Health Sector Management will help you speak the language of the health industry as a business person looking to make a difference in a health-related field.
Off-site electives at international locations are offered during breaks and in the summer in conjunction with partner universities. If you are unable to travel, you can take elective courses such as global issues in marketing, supply chain management, logistics and finance. Cross-cultural management and a survey course in international business are also available. Additional program fees and travel costs are required for off-site international electives.
A number of elective courses are offered that build upon the core business course in marketing management. You can select from advanced marketing strategy, business-to-business marketing, customer relationship management and measurement or new product development and pricing.
Leadership qualities are among the most sought-after attributes for hiring managers. Courses included in this area of emphasis address the functions of effective leadership in today's competitive market. Complex issues explored in the courses include negotiation, emotional intelligence and organizational change.
Supply chain management integrates global information and processes across all functions, including supply management, operations and logistics. The ability to understand how the pieces integrate into the whole defines this area of emphasis. Courses focus on such areas as supply chain cost and design, logistics, integrated supply chain management and project management.
*Some elective courses may require an additional application process or prerequisite course. Additional costs for elective courses may be incurred in the form of tuition, fees, books and travel costs. Elective courses may be subject to capacity constraints or limitations due to scheduling within an academic year. Many elective course meet on Saturdays during the academic year and/or summer, trimester, winter or spring break. Course meeting dates may also require electives to be taken concurrently with core classes, meeting on alternate weeknights from core courses.