At Bluffton, you can supplement your MBA with a concentration to support your career aspirations. Through our one evening per week, two-year MBA program, you will develop a general set of management skills in a variety of areas while the concentration will focus on a specific area. The concentration will consist of three or four specialized elective classes.
Certificates are also available to professionals who already hold an MBA. Earn the certificate in any concentration area by taking the specialized elective courses as well as MGT 645 Leadership Communication and MGT 625 Strategic Issues in Contemporary Management.
Concentrations and Certificates are available in:
- Accounting and financial management
- Health care management
- Sport management
- Production and operations management
The accounting and financial management concentration prepares students for leadership in the functional areas of finance and accounting in both for-profit and nonprofit contexts. Students aspiring to a position as controller or chief financial officer will benefit from this concentration. The content of the courses focuses on categories of practice that are included in Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams. Eligibility includes having completed 18 semester hours of undergraduate accounting courses. This four-course concentration has one course in year one and three in year two.
- Financial Reporting (taken in place of Financial Decision Making in 1st Semester
- Business Environment
- Business Regulation
The health care management concentration will help students understand the economic and political environment of health care institutions, develop basic principles of health care financial management and familiarize themselves with the tools to understand and manage issues in the delivery of health care.
The leadership concentration within the Bluffton MBA is designed for the person who is preparing for executive leadership roles in a wide range of organizational contexts. The courses address the nature of the supervisory relationship, the leader’s level of self-understanding and emotional intelligence and the role of the leader as an agent of organizational change.
- Assessing and Developing Leadership Skills
- Leading Innovation and Change
The sport management concentration within the Bluffton MBA prepares the student for leadership roles in a range of sport-related settings including educational institutions, recreation and fitness programs, professional sport organizations and sport oversight organizations. The courses address overall leadership in the sport context, specific event and sport administration issues and the use of social media in sport promotion.
This concentration prepares students for positions in industrial research and design, operations management and supply chain management. The concentration was developed based on the recommendations of area industrial leaders. Courses introduce production operations process concepts, a discussion of supervisory roles in manufacturing and application of advanced operations-related quantitative tools.
- Production and Operations Management
- Managing People in Organizations
- Manufacturing and Systems Management
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