Concentrations

Health Care Management
This concentration will prepare students for general management positions in a variety of health care agencies, but especially for positions associated with the traditional business functions – such as financial control, human resource management, program marketing, public relations, quality control, customer relations, and budgeting. The conceptual basis of this concentration is the view that modern business influences, pressures, practices, and systems are increasingly becoming part of the fabric and structure of America’s health care community, and therefore, future leaders in this sector must bring to their careers sharpened skills in the traditional areas of business practice.

International Business
This concentration is intended primarily for persons in business careers who are interested in developing a broader understanding of the practices, structures, and systems that determine the contours of global commerce today. It is especially appropriate for individuals who have established a career in a U.S. business organization, and want to become more involved in the organization’s foreign activities. The program would also be appropriate for foreign students who desire an American M.B.A. degree, but intend to use the knowledge gained through study in this country to advance their careers back home.

Management of Nonprofit Organizations
The concentration in nonprofit management offers a unique specialization designed to provide students and professionals with the skills, tools, and strategies to manage nonprofit and social enterprises whose primary missions are to serve the common good. The courses in this concentration develop proficiency in theory and practice of nonprofit enterprises, law and governance, organizational culture and development, accounting and financial management, fundraising and institutional advancement, volunteer and human resource management, and product and service marketing, to name a few competencies. This concentration aims to provide a flexible and rich experience to students as they navigate this complex and exciting nonprofit landscape, and in the process help prepare them to be ethical leaders in their organizations.

Comprehensive Track
Students who select this option build a program of advanced study in consultation with their faculty advisor. Eighteen credits are selected from among the full portfolio of courses offered in the MBA program on the 600-level. The program of study is approved by the Program Director. Through this option, students are able to tailor their advanced coursework in the MBA program to match career goals, professional interests, and the challenges of their current positions. Graduate students planning careers in such areas as not-for-profit management, public service, and policy advocacy are able to complete advanced work tied directly to the challenges of the professional life to which they aspire.

Comprehensive Track for Students in the Master’s Program in International Development and Service
Students admitted into the College’s Master’s Degree in International Development and Service may elect the concurrent degree option through which they are able to complete the requirements for both the M.S. and the M.B.A. degrees by blending coursework throughout their program of study, in consultation with program advisors. Focusing on the management of NGO’s and the challenge of sustainability, students in this concurrent degree program select courses at each of the MS IDS program sites that prepare students for leadership roles in non-profit organizations worldwide.