​MBA Concentrations

​Give your degree that extra "oomph."

An MBA concentration looks great on your LinkedIn profile and resume. Plus, it shows future employers (and business partners) that you're multi-dimensional—and have a special interest in a relevant business field. We welcome you to take a look at the business school's concentrations and explore the one that best matches your career goals.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Concentrations

Students in the MBA program may focus their electives in an area of concentration by meeting the requirements indicated below. Students must observe all prerequisites as listed in the course descriptions.

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise Concentration

The Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprise Concentration prepares students to strive to achieve success in the triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social. Courses analyze what business must do to be socially responsible in a global landscape. Students develop leadership skills to face complex managerial decisions to align economic wealth creation and social value. A focal point is on management and governance systems, as well as personal values, leading to responsible conduct by firms and their employees.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of any combination of the following electives:

GSBA 513Corporate Governance and Values2
GSBA 531Business Leadership and Spirituality2
GSBA 534Values, Ethics and Corporate Culture3
GSBA 563Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management2
GSBA 583Business and Social Innovation2
GSBA 584Microfinance and Wealth Creation3
GSBA 594Special Topics (Models of Participatory Leadership)3
GSBA 594Special Topics (Special Topics in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Enterprises)1-3

Finance Concentration

Students pursuing the Finance Concentration choose either a Corporate Finance (A) or Investments (B) track.

(A) Corporate Finance Track in Finance Concentration

Completion of courses towards the Corporate Finance Concentration will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skill set to pursue career opportunities in corporate finance, multinational financial management and in venture capital finance. Additional career opportunities include business consulting and investment banking.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required Courses
GSBA 520Advanced Corporate Finance3
GSBA 523International Financial Management3
Select at least six units of the following:6
GSBA 511Managerial Accounting
GSBA 513Corporate Governance and Values
GSBA 522Advanced Seminar in Finance and Investments
GSBA 524Entrepreneurial Finance
GSBA 527Financial Statement Analysis
GSBA 528Business Cycles and Forecasting
GSBA 540Taxes in Business Decisions
GSBA 541Negotiations for Entrepreneurial Ventures
GSBA 594Special Topics (in Finance)

(B) Investments Track in Finance Concentration

Completion of courses towards the Investments Concentration will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skill set to pursue career opportunities in financial services industry and investment analysis. Additional career opportunities include wealth management and risk management.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required Courses
GSBA 521Investments3
GSBA 527Financial Statement Analysis3
Select at least six units of the following:6
GSBA 522Advanced Seminar in Finance and Investments
GSBA 523International Financial Management
GSBA 524Entrepreneurial Finance
GSBA 525Commercial Real Estate Finance and Investment
GSBA 594Special Topics (Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets)
GSBA 594Special Topics (in Finance)

International Business Concentration

The International Business Concentration offers the MBA student the opportunity to gain international expertise by selecting electives that emphasize international topics. The need for managers with a global perspective continues to grow as international trade and overseas markets become increasingly important. This concentration is only available for students in the Professional MBA program.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required Courses
GSBA 523International Financial Management3
GSBA 532International Comparative Management2
GSBA 593International Practicum3
Select at least four units of the following:4
GSBA 553Seminar in Global Marketing
GSBA 582Advanced International Business Negotiations
GSBA 583Business and Social Innovation
GSBA 584Microfinance and Wealth Creation
GSBA 585Business Environment of Asia and The Pacific Rim
GSBA 586Europe in the Global Economy
GSBA 587Latin American Business Environment
GSBA 594Special Topics (in International Business)

Managerial Leadership Concentration

Completion of courses towards the Managerial Leadership Concentration will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue career opportunities in human resources, project, program and organizational change management. The Management Concentration allows students to focus their electives in the management area to gain additional expertise in the field beyond the core business courses.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of any combination of the following electives:

GSBA 512Negotiations3
GSBA 530Human Resources Management2
GSBA 531Business Leadership and Spirituality2
GSBA 532International Comparative Management2
GSBA 533Organization Change and Design3
GSBA 534Values, Ethics and Corporate Culture3
GSBA 535Interpersonal and group Dynamics3
GSBA 536Current Topics in Management Consulting2
GSBA 537Entrepreneurship3
GSBA 539Power in Politics3
GSBA 582Advanced International Business Negotiations2
GSBA 583Business and Social Innovation2
GSBA 594Special Topics (Models of Participatory Leadership)3
GSBA 594Special Topics1-3

Marketing Concentration

Completion of courses towards the Marketing Concentration will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skill set to pursue career opportunities in product and brand management, advertising, public relations, multinational marketing management and other areas in the marketing field.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required Courses
GSBA 550Marketing Research3
Select at least nine units of the following:9
GSBA 551Seminar in Consumer Behavior
GSBA 553Seminar in Global Marketing
GSBA 554Strategic Marketing
GSBA 556New Product Development
GSBA 558High Technology Marketing
GSBA 594Special Topics (Brand Management)
GSBA 594Special Topics (Digital Marketing)
GSBA 594Special Topics (Marketing Analytics)
GSBA 594Special Topics (in Marketing)

New Venture Management Concentration

The New Venture Management Concentration is intended for students interested in understanding the skills required to successfully launch and manage new ventures in entrepreneurial or corporate organizational settings. Each course in this concentration addresses strategies and managerial actions required for the successful exploitation of opportunities that deliver above-average returns to the organization and its investors.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required Courses
GSBA 524Entrepreneurial Finance3
GSBA 537Entrepreneurship3
Select at least 6 units of the following:6
GSBA 511Managerial Accounting
GSBA 528Business Cycles and Forecasting
GSBA 530Human Resources Management
GSBA 533Organization Change and Design
GSBA 540Taxes in Business Decisions
GSBA 541Negotiations for Entrepreneurial Ventures
GSBA 556New Product Development
GSBA 594Special Topics (in Venture Management)

Supply Chain Management Concentration

Supply chain management is a core competence at world-class firms. The principal benefit of supply chain management is the generation of a sustainable competitive advantage. A firm’s supply chain extends from the end customer back through the firm’s distributors, the firm itself, its suppliers and their suppliers. Supply chain management focuses on the design, development and management of relationships, both inside the firm and with the firm’s supply world. These relationships are essential to ensure a smooth flow of quality goods, services and technology which optimizes end customer satisfaction. The program integrates three key legs: procurement, logistics and information systems. Students also will be able to participate in the activities of the Supply Chain Management Institute.

Students pursuing this concentration are required to complete at least 12 units of electives as indicated below.

Required Courses
GSBA 511Managerial Accounting2
GSBA 560Supply Chain Systems3
Select at least 7 units of the following:7
GSBA 512Negotiations
GSBA 528Business Cycles and Forecasting
GSBA 561Supply Management
GSBA 562Strategic Cost Management
GSBA 563Sustainable Global Supply Chain Management
GSBA 594Special Topics (in Supply Chain Management)

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