Which MBA Specialization Is Right For You? Part 2

With nine areas of emphasis, George Mason’s MBA program provides you a wide range of elective courses to fit your interests and meet your specific career goals. An MBA specialization enhances your expertise in a specific industry or skill and can set you apart from other job applicants with an MBA on their résumé.

Mason’s School of Business Areas of Emphasis

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

Below is a brief description of three of George Mason’s MBA specializations: entrepreneurship, leadership, and project management.

Entrepreneurship MBA

An entrepreneurship MBA gives you the skills to develop a business. Entrepreneurs are generally willing to take risks to develop, organize, and manage this new business venture. New businesses are being established daily, and the ones that succeed are not always the ones with the best idea, but the ones that have the strongest business plan.

At Mason, entrepreneurship electives include Venture Capital and Private Finance, Entrepreneurship, Managing Growth of Small Businesses, Turning Ideas into Successful Companies. The course titled Entrepreneurship focuses on the fundamental aspects of entrepreneurship and process of new venture creation, drawing on a broad range of business disciplines including management, marketing, finance, and accounting to develop evaluation and execution skills. In Managing Growth of Small Businesses, the course focuses on the unique challenges faced by small and entrepreneurial firms seeking long-term growth. The course Builds on the concepts and knowledge of creating start-up companies, and introduces processes and strategies required to becoming a significant player in the industry. Finally, the advanced entrepreneurship course titled, Turning Ideas into Successful Companies, focuses on the discovery and development of an achievable business concept. The course centers around the development of a formal business plan and presentation. The plan must be for an actual business that the students intend to start upon the completion of the course.

With an emphasis in entrepreneurship in George Mason’s MBA program, entrepreneurs will learn the skills they need to help them develop their own business or expand a business where they are already working.

Leadership MBA

Leadership in its basic form is just the act of leading people or a group, but as we all know in business, leadership is much more than that. Today’s leaders have many challenges to face, and must have multi-faceted skills at their fingertips to generate solutions to these problems. It is often said that leaders are born, but in truth, leadership is a skill that must be honed.

At Mason Leadership MBA electives include the courses titled, Leadership, Negotiations, and Managing Human Capital. The course Leadership offers an overview of the major conceptualizations of leadership and motivation in organizations. Negotiations focuses on the theory, processes, and practice of negotiation within and across organizations, including attention to ethical issues. Finally, Managing Human Capital looks at the topics of human resources, including hiring, firing, rewarding, compensating, managing performance, career development, global HR issues, and workplace security. George Mason’s MBA program prepares business professionals to be effective leaders of the future.

Project Management MBA

A project management MBA teaches you the process of managing all aspects of a project from start to finish, including projecting, planning, organizing, and guiding a project throughout its entire duration. Today, those who have a background in project management are often sought after in the business world. At Mason, electives in project management include Project Management and Advanced Project and Program Management.

The course, Project Management focuses on designing, planning, monitoring, and controlling projects. The course reviews how projects should be managed from start to finish, including specific emphasis on how to avoid common pitfalls. Advanced Project and Program Management examines advanced topics in project and program management with specific attention to issues and skills that managers needs to effectively manage multiple projects and programs. Topics include project selection, multiple project resource allocation, and organization of project office. An emphasis in project management with your Mason MBA degree will give you an edge in the workforce, and help in your continued success.

George Mason’s MBA Program prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership preparing graduates with the skills they need to pursue the career they want. Mason’s MBA program is ranked #69 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report.

Next week we will focus on MBA specializations in international business, marketing, and real estate. Read our post on MBA specializations in accounting, financial management, and information systems management.

Download the complete e-book titled “5 Things You Need in a MBA Program” for a more in-depth look at this topic or register to attend an upcoming Information Session to learn more about Mason’s MBA program.

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Paige Wolf

As director of graduate programs at George Mason's School of Business, my vision is to have a vibrant, collegial community of active learners who develop enduring professional relationships with faculty, staff, and fellow students while pursuing their degrees. Prior to this position, I spent 11 years with the School of Business as an associate professor of management teaching both MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior and human resource management. I have more than 16 years of experience as an internal and external consultant on strategic human resource initiatives including team building, organizational development, competency modelling, performance management, employee selection systems, career planning, employee training and development, leadership assessment, and human resource audits.

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