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Specializations and Graduate Certificates

The Professional MBA program offers a variety of specializations, certificates and combination degrees for students to further enhance their skills and experience prior to graduation.


Professional MBA students can tailor their education to fit their career aspirations by gaining expertise in a particular subject through a specialization. To complete a specialization, students must take a minimum of four of their electives in a single area.

The finance specialization prepares students for positions in financial services such as banking and investment management as well as corporate finance. Finance courses provide a core set of skills in financial modeling, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, financial reporting and analysis.

The innovation/entrepreneurship specialization develops skills in creating/launching new ventures, managing/funding small businesses and scalable new ventures, and directing the development of new products and services.

The international business specialization develops skills in doing business across national boundaries and diverse cultures. Course offerings include a study abroad experience to learn firsthand how business is conducted in other countries, international management, international finance and foreign legal systems. 

The marketing specialization develops skills in marketing strategy, research and consumer behavior and is based on the perspective that marketing managers must view customers, products and services as assets.  Courses in customer relationship management/data-mining and internet marketing are also offered.  

A specialization appears on the student's transcript but not the diploma. It is recommended that students add their functional specialization to the education section of their resume.  

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

PMBA students have the option of using four of their elective courses to earn a Business Analytics Graduate Certificate. The certificate, designed to complement the PMBA curriculum and enhance the career opportunities of the students by providing critical skills in business analytics, requires 12 credit hours to complete. Certificate courses are offered in a distance-based, evening format.

View Business Analytics Certificate requirements. 

Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Management

PMBA students have the option to earn a Cybersecurity Management Graduate Certificate. This certificate is not a technical or computer science certificate but instead trains students on how to manage cybersecurity personnel or teams, building upon the management and business skill development that makes up the foundation of the PMBA curriculum coupled with curriculum from the international business and risk management disciplines.

View Cybersecurity Management Certificate requirements. 

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Innovation

PMBA students have the option to earn a Strategic Innovation Graduate Certificate. This certificate is designed for working professionals from any industry and prepares students to navigate the increasingly complex technological landscape that makes up today’s workforce. Students will learn how to manage science, technology and innovation within that workforce and can customize their elective choice to match individual goals and priorities.

View Strategic Innovation Certificate requirements.

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