MBA@UNC allows students to broaden their knowledge of general business practices, as well as hone their professional skills in a way that aligns with their previous experience and desired career path. Students may select from 7 wide-ranging concentrations that focus on a specified field or discipline. While these concentrations are available for students to pursue, they are not required as students may take electives in any discipline in order create a custom curriculum that fits their academic and career goals.
The corporate finance concentration equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to enter this demanding, competitive sector. The flexible nature of the MBA@UNC curriculum allows students to choose a variety of electives, including managerial accounting, derivatives, financial statement analysis, real estate, taxes and business strategies and fixed income. Upon completion of this program, graduates are ready to build a career in corporate finance departments of Fortune 500 mid- to large-cap companies, financial consulting firms, venture capital or private equity organizations.
Ambitious individuals with aspirations of launching their own commercial ventures can benefit from the entrepreneurship concentration. Spanning a broad range of entrepreneurial topics, this concentration includes electives that help students bring their business ideas to life. Courses focus on principles such as managing innovation, corporate strategy, innovation and social entrepreneurship in developing economies, new ventures discovery and business discovery and technology management.
In today’s globalized business world, companies seldom work exclusively with domestic partners. The need to manage global supply chains has become one of the most crucial components of organizational strategy within businesses across a range of sectors. MBA@UNC helps students prepare for a career in this dynamic field or improve their knowledge of these practices to help them excel in their current position. Electives include a variety of topics such as modeling global supply chains, project management and the principles of managing global supply chains.
In the years following the financial crisis, we have seen heightened caution among many investors. This has created a need for skilled, knowledgeable professionals who can provide insight into market trends and recommend financial strategies that align with their clients’ investment goals. Electives for the investment management concentration develop skills in portfolio management and security analysis, sales and trading, capital markets and private wealth management.
The Management Consulting concentration takes a hands-on approach to preparing students for roles as business consultants. Through guided practice and experiential learning, students will develop the analytical, leadership and client management skills to expand their role within their current organization or take on new challenges helping businesses solve essential problems.
The marketing concentration at MBA@UNC expands upon the fundamentals of marketing and offers specialized courses in a variety of areas. Customer and product management, market analysis, global marketing strategies and services marketing are all covered in depth in this concentration. Students pursuing this pathway can benefit from other electives as well, including Information for Decision Making, Incentives & Strategy.
Today, many companies are seeking talented professionals who can promote corporate growth without compromising the environment or employing unethical business practices. The field of sustainable enterprise is one of the fastest growing areas of study within the business world. MBA@UNC helps students understand the complex principles behind these corporate strategies.
Emphasizing the "triple bottom line" of profit, society and the environment, this concentration applies to a wide range of career objectives across virtually all sectors, as the need to remain profitable without sacrificing social good or the environment is universal. In this pathway, students learn about topics such as the global context of business and the principles of the sustainable enterprise. In addition, students may benefit from some of the electives featured in the entrepreneurship track, such as innovation and social entrepreneurship in developing economies.