Online MBA Specializations

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Customize Your MBA With a Degree Specialization

Adding a specialization allows you to focus your elective choices to gain greater knowledge in high-demand areas of business. Not only does a specialization expand your professional skills, it also helps increase your career marketability.

You can also look to leverage earning a graduate certificate through your specialization course work! A graduate certificate is an additional earned credential that can be completed within the Online MBA’s 48 credits if specialization elective credits are planned strategically by working with your academic advisor to plan, apply for, and obtain this credential.

Not sure which one to choose? Take your time. You must complete the four foundational MBA courses before you can select a specialization.

Which MBA Specialization Supports Your Career Goals?

Experiential Project Courses

Each online MBA degree specialization will culminate in an experiential project course. These project courses give you opportunities to apply your newly acquired skills to real-world situations.

  • Business Analytics

    Business Analytics

    Companies are amassing more data than ever and using it to make better-informed decisions. The business analytics specialization helps you master information technologies and analytical techniques that benefit all levels of an organization. Study demand forecasting, revenue management and pricing, employee attrition, insurance claim prediction, product replenishment, marketing and promotional effectiveness, and algorithmic text processing.

    Course topics include:

    • Spreadsheet modeling and simulation
    • Data mining
    • Data visualization

    Learn more about what you can do with a business analytics specialization.

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  • Digital Marketing & Analytics

    Digital Marketing & Analytics

    The Daniels Digital Marketing & Analytics specialization arms students with essential skills for today's marketing landscape. From defining and calculating metrics to drawing insights from data, students learn to align company objectives and develop effective digital marketing strategies. They master major digital marketing tools and analytics, enabling them to rethink marketing in the digital age. Through hands-on projects, students learn to extract, visualize, and interpret data, supporting managerial decision-making and enhancing persuasive communication skills.

    Course topics include:

    • Defining and calculating common marketing metrics
    • Drawing insights from data
    • Developing, implementing, and evaluating digital marketing strategies
    • Mastering digital marketing tools and analytics
    • Rethinking marketing in the evolving digital and social media age
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  • Finance


    Our Finance specialization affords a comprehensive understanding of financial management to its students. Through a conceptual framework, students learn to address managerial challenges, utilize financial tools, and navigate investment and financing decisions. Topics cover cost estimation, capital structuring, and shareholder payouts, fostering sound financial reasoning. With a focus on broader finance concepts, students delve into financial statements, valuation, and portfolio theory, preparing for advanced topics in investment management and corporate finance.

    Course topics include:

    • Estimation of the cost of capital and capital structuring
    • Financial reasoning for decision-making
    • Understanding broader finance concepts and trade-offs
    • Investment and financing decisions for firms
    • Investment management, portfolio theory, and trading strategies
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  • Financial Economics

    Financial Economics

    The Daniels Financial Economics specialization provides a rigorous foundation in mathematical tools and economic theory. Students master algebra and calculus for solving optimization problems inherent in economic models. They analyze federal spending and revenue sources, interpreting the budget process and proposing solutions to fiscal challenges. Additionally, students explore the interaction between government policies and the private economy, gaining insights into taxation, public programs, and their impacts on economic behavior and policy formulation.

    Course topics include:

    • Solving optimization problems using algebra and calculus
    • Analyzing assumptions in economic models using mathematical tools
    • Understanding federal spending and revenue sources
    • Interpreting the federal budget process and roles of key players
    • Evaluating challenges and proposing solutions to fiscal issues
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  • Global Supply Chain Management

    Global Supply Chain Management

    The supply chain touches every part of an organization, from manufacturing and finance to human resources and marketing, as well as its external partners: suppliers, distributors, customers and carriers. The global supply chain management specialization gives you the end-to-end perspective on how an organization generates value for the customer, and teaches you best practices for anticipating risks and the ongoing management of a supply chain.

    Course topics include:

    • Operations management
    • Supply chain management
    • Manufacturing management
    • Project management

    Learn more about what you can do with a global supply chain management specialization.

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  • Human Resources

    Human Resources

    Our Human Resources specialization equips students with vital skills in talent management, performance evaluation, and strategic HRM. From defining talent and talent management to integrating talent management systems, students learn to support organizational objectives effectively. They delve into performance management, workforce engagement, and the historical evolution of HRM. By understanding cultural, legal, and economic influences, students can align compensation strategies with organizational goals and analyze practical compensation issues across various employee categories.

    Course topics include:

    • Talent management strategies
    • Talent management model evaluation and integration
    • Critical elements of successful performance management systems
    • Understanding the history and evolution of HRM
    • Analyzing the impact of culture, economics, and laws on the employment relationship
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  • Innovation and Technology Commercialization

    Innovation and Technology Commercialization

    Learn to bring technology-based solutions to market for established companies and startup ventures. The innovation and technology commercialization specialization introduces you to lean startup principles, innovation theory and practice, managing complex collaborations, social network and media usage, and the financial, legal and regulatory issues of new technologies.

    Course topics include:

    • Technology strategy
    • Collaborative innovation
    • Financing new ventures

    Learn more about what you can do with an innovation and technology commercialization specialization.

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  • Leadership, Negotiation and Change Management

    Leadership, Negotiation and Change Management

    Study the most effective ways to launch or further your career in management. Building upon technical skills and concepts from your core curriculum, the leadership, negotiation and change management specialization teaches you to lead effectively, negotiate for success and manage the process of change within an organization.

    Course topics include:

    • Change management
    • Leadership
    • Negotiations in organizations

    Learn more about what you can do with a leadership, negotiation and change management specialization.

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  • Machine Learning and AI

    Machine Learning

    The Machine Learning and AI specialization empowers students with a comprehensive understanding of AI technologies and their disruptive impact across industries. Students learn to analyze and propose AI-driven solutions for business processes, alongside mastering Python programming essentials for data manipulation and analytics. Through hands-on exercises, students explore various data sources, conduct experiments, and implement machine learning algorithms, culminating in the ability to deploy effective AI solutions tailored to specific applications.

    Course topics include:

    • Understanding AI terminology and technologies
    • Analyzing processes and workflows for potential AI disruption in companies
    • Proposing use cases of AI technologies
    • Python programming essentials
    • Data analytics methods
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  • Strategic Change and Transformation

    Strategic Change and Transformation

    The Strategic Change and Transformation specialization offers a comprehensive understanding of leadership, change management, and innovation. Through theoretical exploration and experiential activities, students develop leadership skills and apply them to organizational challenges. They learn change management models, techniques to overcome resistance, and strategies for sustaining change. Additionally, students gain insights into collaborative innovation, M&A activities, legal considerations, and the role of CEOs in driving strategic transformations.

    Course topics include:

    • Leadership theory and application in solving organizational challenges
    • Understanding personal leadership strengths and weaknesses
    • Change management theory, models, and techniques
    • Strategies for promoting sustained change and overcoming resistance
    • M&A activities, including strategies, legal issues, and the role of CEOs
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What to Consider When Choosing an MBA Specialization

Your Personal Strengths and Interests
Assess your professional skills and knowledge. What sets you apart? Which specialization suits you?

The Professional Path You've Chosen
Do you plan to go further in your current career? An MBA specialization could help you advance.

Your Ultimate Career Goals
Think about where you'd like to be in five years. Choose a specialization that helps you get there.

Feedback From Your Supervisor
He or she can help you decide which specialization could take you furthest within the organization.

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