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Business Concentrations

Accounting Concentration
Finance Concentration
International Business Concentration
Management: Leadership and Innovation in Organizations Concentration
Marketing: Consumer Insight and Innovation Concentration

Accounting Concentration

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Program Description

Our accounting graduates typically enter the field of public accounting or are employed in corporate financial management positions, working in institutions such as the Federal Reserve Bank, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PwC, GE, Verizon, and IRS. Students can also establish a solid foundation to pursue graduate studies in business or law, or to prepare for professional designations such as CPA or CFA.

Our faculty members hold advanced degrees and certifications, and most bring extensive professional experience to the classroom. Small class sizes provide a supportive learning environment, and students receive individual help in charting their academic and professional careers. Students enrich their academic experiences through participation in internships (many paid), accounting associations and more.

By staying for one additional year, qualified accounting students can complete our innovative iMBA degree and at the same time prepare to sit either for the CPA exam or the Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. Many students receive scholarships to complete a CPA or CFA preparation course and to pay for exam expenses. Learn more about scholarships and opportunities in our iMBA-CPA and iMBA-CFA programs.

Finance Concentration

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Working for prestigious firms such as General Electric, JP Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, and Vanguard, our graduates have gone on to successful careers in securities analysis, portfolio management, financial planning, banking, and corporate and public sector finance. Others go on to establish their own businesses or pursue graduate studies in business or law.

Our faculty of practicing professionals and academic scholars incorporates real world finance experience, state-of-the-art research, and innovative pedagogy in the classroom, and small class sizes encourage meaningful interaction among faculty and students. Students have the opportunity to network with finance industry professionals through organized corporate visits, industry-sponsored projects, and participation in our Student Management Investment Fund. Finance students study abroad in many countries including Australia, Thailand and England, and most acquire professional work experience before graduation.

By staying for one additional year, qualified finance students can complete our innovative iMBA degree and at the same time prepare to sit for the Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam. The CFA designation is considered the gold standard of the investment management field and gives graduates a distinct advantage in the job market. Many students receive scholarships to complete a CFA preparation course and to pay for exam expenses. Learn more about scholarships and opportunities in the iMBA-CFA program.

International Business Concentration

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International Business concentration students gain a comprehensive understanding of cultural differences in a specific business discipline, providing a global edge in an increasingly international marketplace. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders in their fields, accepting challenging positions in large firms or starting up their own businesses. 

International Business students choose a secondary business minor in finance, marketing, management or accounting, and study another language and culture through coursework on campus as well as in a foreign country. Students travel to places like Paris, Madrid and Rome as well as Vietnam, Chile and Poland to study and experience the cultural immersion necessary to excel in your field. Students who are proficient in the second language can choose to pursue an internship during their semester abroad and gain exceptional professional experience that will provide a distinct advantage in the job market.

Our faculty members have experience in a in a variety of global industries, with expert knowledge in running small and large businesses. As advisors, they are able to help students develop networking opportunities with their current and past employers and colleagues, and they bring real-world experience to the classroom.

Management: Leadership and Innovation in Organizations Concentration

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Management concentration students acquire the skills to manage and lead innovation while gaining valuable expertise in teamwork, professional communication, change management, human resources, and problem-solving. 

Students in the management concentration travel to Australia, Italy, and the United Kingdom to study abroad; we emphasize cultural immersion to give students the sophistication and global perspective that top employers seek. In addition, students minor in a second business or non-business area such as marketing, fashion, finance, international business, design and more to learn how to apply their knowledge to other disciplines and industries. Many of our students acquire a paid internship and professional work experience before graduation. Our alumni excel in a variety of fields, including retail, banking and finance, insurance, global manufacturing, service firms and public agencies, while many graduates start their own businesses. 

Marketing: Consumer Insight and Innovation Concentration

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Marketing concentration students are exposed to a wide range of marketing-related industries and activities including advertising, communications, public relations, product and brand management, sales management, product development, market research and more. Students have the opportunity to study abroad and travel to locations like London and Rome as they learn to navigate the complex and changing environmental conditions in the global marketplace. 

Marketing concentration students learn to analyze demand and market segments, design budgets and campaigns, increase a company’s brand equity, and formulate marketing plans from start to finish. The project-based, collaborative learning experiences in our curriculum prepare students to think across disciplines and compete in 21st century industries. Students acquire a comprehensive knowledge of consumer psychology and discover how new interactive technologies and e-commerce are changing the marketing practice, positioning them at the forefront of exciting new social media tools and strategies. Our students are well-prepared to obtain exciting positions and thrive in the industry upon graduation, and most acquire professional experience and networking opportunities as they study.