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MBA Streams

MBA Formats & Specializations

Thanks to the increasing demand for MBA and graduate degrees, more program options exist now than ever before. Institutions around the world are answering the call to develop flexible program options and various ways to earn an MBA, no matter your location or program concentration. Geography is no longer an obstacle; instead, it’s an opportunity to attend an institution in another country and gain a rich, global perspective on business.

Regardless of your personal situation, there is a quality MBA program to suit your needs. Whether you are working full time and can only attend class at night, or would like to be a full-time student and totally immerse yourself in the experience, AACSB-accredited schools around the world offer a variety of program options, including the following:

Program Type
Course Load
Additional Details
Full-Time
9 Credit Hours (approximately 3 courses)
Full-time students may take as many as 5 classes per semester (15-credit hours)

Part-time
9 Credit Hours (or fewer than 3 courses)
Part-time students often take less courses in order to work full-time.

Online and Distance Programs
Part-Time or Full-Time
Some online programs can be completed at a distance, while others have some classroom requirements.

Hybrid Programs
Part-Time or Full-Time
These types of programs combine online and classroom learning. Introductory courses may be conducted online, with conceptional courses in a classroom to provide group project opportunities and additional faculty instruction.

Joint Programs with Other Schools
Part-Time or Full-Time
Joint programs focus on combining the strengths of two (sometimes more) institutions into one centralized program. Programs may also be offered by institutions in two different countries, providing students with a global experience.

Dual-Degree Programs
Part-Time or Full-Time
In these programs, students major in two areas or fields of study. Depending on the type of dual-degree program, students might major in business administration and finance or business administration and engineering. Dual-degree programs generally take longer to earn due to the increased number of required courses.

Cohort Programs
Mostly Full-Time
In a cohort program, a group of students enter a program together and take courses in a scheduled sequence or order. This type of program fosters collaboration and teamwork and is also a great way to stay motivated throughout your course of study. 

MBA Concentrations

While earning an MBA will provide you with a solid foundation of the core business functions required to successfully run an organization, many schools offer the opportunity for you to customize your degree with a concentration or specialization in a particular functional area, thereby enhancing the value of your degree and providing you the chance to study in an area you’re truly passionate about. Many AACSB-accredited schools offer concentrations in the following disciplinary areas:

Accounting
Accounting
Behavioral Science/Organizational Behavior
Business Communication
Business Education
Business Ethics, including Corporate Social Responsibility
Business Law/Legal Environment
CIS/MIS
E-business, including E-commerce
Economics/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Small Business Administration
Finance/Banking
Health Services/Hospital Administration
Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism
Behavioral Science/Organizational Behavior
Business Communication
Business Education
Business Ethics, including Corporate Social Responsibility
Business Law/Legal Environment
CIS/MIS
E-business, including E-commerce
Economics/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Small Business Administration
Finance/Banking
Health Services/Hospital Administration
Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism
Human Resources Management, including Labor Relations
Insurance
International Business
Management
Marketing
Operations Research
Production/Operations Management
Public Administration
Quantitative Methods
Real Estate
Statistics
Strategic Management
Supply Chain/Transportation/Logistics
Taxation


As you can see, the MBA has a lot to offer: the foundational principles of business combined with the opportunity for specializing in a discipline area most relevant to your work experience or desired goals.