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Concentrations

Concentrations allow students to tailor their studies to their specific career goals and interests. A concentration is comprised of five courses (15 credits) selected from a chosen area. Students may choose from over 50 management electives courses, they also have the option of pursuing an independent research project in collaboration with a faculty member. They also have to choose a minimum of one concentration. The two functional and two cross-functional concentration options are:

Finance

Finance

Emphasizes on how firms raise capital and on the optimal allocation of capital for investments. Students gain expertise in three subfields of finance - banking, corporate finance and investments. They gain an understanding of the functions related to corporate fund management and investment decision-making. This concentration prepares students for multiple careers, including investment banking, corporate finance, corporate treasury, asset management or risk management, among others.

“Coming from a business development background in the entertainment industry, I knew that choosing the Finance concentration would make me a more well-rounded work professional in areas of strategy and business analysis, and give me an edge in finding a fulfilling post-MBA career.” - Jun Yeo (Singapore)

Finance Concentration (list of courses)


Marketing

Marketing

This concentration focuses on the development of skills in understanding customers and markets, creating value through products and services, evaluating the effectiveness of marketing programs, and managing customer relationships. It emphasizes understanding the market and stresses the formulation of successful marketing strategies in all types of environments. Just as consumer product companies market their goods, government agencies, non-profit institutions and other public organizations provide services which have to be marketed. Marketers must carefully define the product, inform consumers about it, present it in the best manner and decide on a price. The manner in which these activities are carried out is at the heart of an organization’s strategy. This concentration prepares students for multiple careers, including brand and product management, advertising, market research, project management or marketing and general consulting.

“I already had a marketing background before starting the MBA but I was impressed with how much more I learned about the wider business and financial contexts, as well as about strategic planning of marketing activities for businesses which pursue high profitability while respecting the environment and communities.” - Maria Ponomareva (Russia)

Marketing Concentration (list of courses)


Global Strategy and Leadership

Global Strategy and Leadership

Drawing on a variety of cross-disciplinary courses, including strategy, organizational behaviour, entrepreneurship and international business, this concentration provides students with an integrated perspective on leading business issues. Students are prepared for the challenges posed by a globalizing marketplace and develop the skills valued by employers in the consulting, business development, project management, and related fields. Among the issues covered are how to take a firm international, how to manage a multicultural workforce, how to launch a new venture, and how to promote sustainable development. Students will develop skills valued by employers in many areas, such as consulting, business development, project management, and related fields.

“This concentration covers many fields and will prepare me well for a leadership role in any organization and any industry.” - Wissam Shaar (Lebanon)

Global Strategy and Leadership Concentration (list of courses)


Technology and Innovation Management

Technology and Innovation Management

This concentration provides tools, frameworks, and integration of all aspects of organizational operations, supply chain, IT processes and innovation management. As technology reshapes the globe and innovations transform markets and organizations, the 21st century manager will be deeply immersed in Technology and Innovation Management. A unique aspect of the concentration is the capstone project course where students work on solving a real-life technology innovation problem. Students following this concentration will be uniquely qualified to take jobs in areas including new product development, IT strategy, operations and supply chain management, and technology consulting.

“Here is a concentration that covered all the bases I was looking for. I gained a solid foundation in new product development, operations, and supply chain management. I now have the confidence to kick-start my dream of starting my own food and beverage company after graduation.” - Gregory Illson (USA)

Technology and Innovation Management Concentration (list of courses)