If you are looking to advance your career, increase your earning power and expand your business skills, an online MBA program might be right for you. With an online degree, you can complete coursework when it is convenient for you, often at an affordable price. While many MBA programs can give you the business skills, tools and experiences to become a well-rounded manager, some degree programs also offer the added bonus of focusing your MBA studies on a specific concentration. Choosing an MBA emphasis can help you develop a specialized skillset that can set you apart and give you an edge in today’s competitive job market. Below is a look at a typical MBA program, as well as three in-demand specializations: accounting, entrepreneurship and supply chain logistics management.
General curriculum in an MBA degree program
Topics in a typical MBA program include marketing, public policy, accounting, organizational behavior and management of information systems. Many MBA program are designed to provide experiential learning that you can apply to a variety of real-world work situations. A few even provide the opportunity to focus your studies on a particular industry and develop a portfolio of work that showcases your new found knowledge.
Emphasis in accounting
Perhaps you want to specialize in a certain business field. An MBA emphasis is a great way to focus on a specific area. Accounting is a popular MBA emphasis. In addition to the coursework described above, you will study advanced managerial accounting and economics, financial accounting, corporate tax and advanced auditing, among other topics. Completing this degree program can help prepare you to take the CPA exam. Because of the specialized nature of this degree, a background in accounting may be a prerequisite.
Emphasis in entrepreneurship
If you have always dreamed of owning your own business or turning a great idea into a successful enterprise, you may want to consider an MBA emphasis in entrepreneurship. An entrepreneurship specialization will offer coursework in venture development, marketing management and small business management consulting, in addition to the basics such as accounting, finance and organizational development. Through this MBA emphasis, students can learn how to develop a business from concept to initial public offering (IPO).
Emphasis in supply chain logistics management
If you have a knack for logistics, an MBA emphasis in supply chain logistics management may lead to a rewarding career. Through your coursework, you will learn how to develop strategic business processes for logistics management, especially as it relates to the global distribution of goods and services. In addition to the typical MBA coursework, you will take classes in logistics systems and analysis, global logistics management and strategic management and policy formulation. Case studies and experiential learning opportunities will give you hands-on lessons that you can quickly apply to your current or future job.
An MBA can be a great way for you to take the next step in your career. Choosing an MBA emphasis can enhance your knowledge in a specific area so that you have the confidence and skills that employers value.
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