Ms. Susan Hodge, member of the corporate-based instructional team outlines five of the graduate concentration areas.
Students selecting among the nine options for MBA concentrations should first determine the focus they are seeking to receive from their degree. Specifically, would a student’s interest best be served by a broader concentration that addresses several different relevant areas management in today’s organizations will often face? If that is the case, then potential students would be encouraged to consider the General Management concentration. Or, conversely, would a student prefer a concentration to be focused much more narrowly in a selected area, providing significant depth in a specific topic. The concentration areas we have selected are those in which companies have most often identified as areas in which more depth is needed. Potential students with this preference would then select their preferred area of focus. Obviously, this is a personal decision, but it is important to recognize that the Davies College of Business MBA program provides students with the opportunity to pursue the particular option they prefer.
The Corporate-Driven concentrations have been designed in a three credit hour format. This option was selected because there is not the need for the breath of coverage that is present in the MBA Core and, since most of the concentrations are the result of collaboration with industry, those professionals with whom we will be dealing will likely be more comfortable with the three credit hour standard.
Concentrations will vary in length because they are content-driven. The General Management concentration is comprised of 14 credit hours. With the 20 credit hours in the MBA Core, students selecting this concentration will have an MBA program that is a total of 34 credit hours.
Most of the corporate-driven concentrations are 16 credit hours (five 3 credit hour classes plus a 1 credit hour Graduate Colloquium class), however the Accounting and Supply Chain Management concentration is 19 credit hours (six 3 credit hour classes plus a 1 credit hour Graduate Colloquium class). The content and classes that the industry professionals in supply chain identified required six classes to give adequate time for all of the learning goals to be achieved. This reinforces that the ultimate length of each of the eight concentrations was dependent on the content the corresponding group of industry experts indicated must be covered to provide graduates with an adequate content understanding.