MBA Specializations

Loyola's part-time MBA curriculum includes eight specializations, which allow students to focus their studies in a particular area of business or prepare for further advancement in their specific career field. The following PMBA specializations are currently available:

  • MBA Data Analytics - With the dramatic increase in the amount and types of data available to organizations today, the MBA in Data Analytics is designed to give students the skills and knowledge to understand, manage and analyze data. A project-based approach helps students apply analytics to business problems and influence strategic decisions.
  • MBA Finance - The finance specialization prepares students with in-depth courses that advance the understanding of issues particular to the field of finance, including investments, portfolio management, derivative securities, capital markets, corporate finance, international finance, and financial institutions.
  • MBA General Business - The general business specialization is for students who choose a general business MBA over a specific specialization track. Students in this general MBA in business track may pursue a wide range of topics or can develop their own focus to meet their specific career goals.
  • MBA Information Systems - The information systems specialization allows students to focus in this broad functional area through consultation with faculty. An MBA information systems elective sequence may be developed for areas such as software application or knowledge management and decision making.
  • MBA International Business - This specialization prepares students for the global business environment. International management practices and challenges arising from conducting business in different cultural contexts are explored.
  • MBA Investments & Applied Portfolio Management - This track provides students with the knowledge base to be leaders in the asset management industry.  The track provides experience in current theories, practices, and strategies for investment management and analysis, a deeper understanding of financial markets, and provides students with hands on portfolio management experience.
  • MBA Management - The management specialization allows students to develop a focus in areas such as leadership and management, managing for quality, or managing human resources. Leadership and strategic decision-making are explored to promote mastery of the management processes for organizations of all sizes.
  • MBA Marketing - The marketing specialization prepares students to master the components of marketing management. Topics include marketing principles, personal selling and sales management, consumer behavior, advertising, marketing strategy, and international marketing.

Loyola’s rigorous curriculum and focus on real-world business problems demanded new avenues of thought, enhanced my natural inclinations, and transformed me into an adaptable leader.

—Awais Akbar ’08

I come from a technical background, and I have the management experience, but the Loyola MBA provided a way to blend the two.

—Martin Feinkeng ’07

All the classes I took, all the professors I learned from and all the fellow colleagues I worked with enriched my education and left me with a piece of knowledge I didn’t have before.

—Mike Barberio ’10

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