Specializations Offered at Top Washington, D.C. MBA Programs

We looked at the specializations offered at five top Washington, D.C. MBA Programs including George Mason University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, American University, and Howard University.

Each of these top Washington, D.C. MBA Programs offers a variety of electives and areas of concentrations to their students. Areas of emphasis vary by MBA program and some programs also offer dual degree options. It’s important to find a program that has the intellectual capital and professional expertise in the area in which you want to specialize. Here is a breakdown of the areas of emphasis offered for each of the top Washington, D.C. MBA Programs:

George Mason University MBA Program

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • International Business
  • Leadership
  • Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Real Estate

After completing the core MBA Program curriculum, George Mason students may use their 15 credits in electives in one of the defined areas of emphasis. Alternatively, students may choose any electives that meet their interests. One of the most popular specializations is finance. It is a hot topic for many students pursuing their MBA because there is a strong demand in the labor market for those studying finance. Mason’s MBA in Finance is designed to prepare students for high caliber professional, managerial or investment careers in both the private and public sectors.

Another popular area of emphasis is entrepreneurship. George Mason offers a variety of programs, conferences, and academic courses designed to fully integrate entrepreneurship into the lives of students and alumni. These initiatives are led by Entrepreneur in Residence, Jim Wolfe, and the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Mahesh Joshi. George Mason has a large entrepreneurial alumni base and is uniquely integrated into the regional startup community.

Georgetown University MBA Program

McDonough MBA students begin the program by taking core classes. Starting in the second year, students begin to tailor the curriculum to meet their interests and current or future professional needs by taking elective courses in addition to core classes. Students have 18 credits of electives. McDonough also offers the following dual degree programs:

  • Walsh School of Foreign Service (MBA/MSFS)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (MBA/JD)
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine (MBA/MD)
  • Georgetown Public Policy Institute (MBA/MPP)

George Washington MBA Program

  • Healthcare

In the second year of the program, GW MBA students have the flexibility to customize their curriculum by taking electives from 16 different areas. Through special credit-hour transfer arrangements, students may earn an MBA and another degree at GW: JD with the Law School, Master of Arts with the Elliott School of International Affairs, Master of Science in Finance, Project Management or Information Systems Technology.

American University MBA Program

Kogod students take 36 credit hours of the core curriculum and have 18 credits of electives to use toward a specialization. Many choose to create their own area of emphasis tailored to suit their specific academic interest such as consulting, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology, international development, or sustainability management. Kogod also offers dual degrees including MA/MBA, JD/MBA, and LLM/MBA with AU’s School of International Service and Washington College of Law.

Howard University MBA Program

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Supply Chain Management

In addition to the core curriculum requirements, Howard MBA students must complete 15 credit hours of elective/concentration course. The accounting concentration is a five-year accounting degree program restricted to Howard University undergraduate accounting majors who graduated May 1997 or later.
No matter what concentration or specialization you are honing in on, finding the program that offers your specialty is key to your success and happiness with your MBA degree and in your future career. A great deal of time and funds will be dedicated to your MBA program—be sure to focus on the concentration that appeals the most to you, so you can truly benefit from the learning being offered.

*Data obtained from individual university websites.

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Jackie Buchy

Since 2011, I have served as the assistant dean for graduate enrollment at George Mason University's School of Business. In my role, I work with prospective graduate students to identify and select the best graduate program to meet their career goals.

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