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What MBA specialization should I choose?

Many MBA degree programs offer a range of MBA specializations such as an MBA in Management or an MBA in Finance. Some MBA degree programs might refer to MBA specializations as MBA concentrations or tracks, but regardless of how they are referenced, MBA specializations offer the opportunity to focus your studies in a particular area of business. Loyola University Maryland's Professional's MBA is a part-time, evening program that can be customized to match your interests and career goals. The program offers eight part-time MBA specializations in data analytics, finance, general business, information systems, international business, investments and applied portfolio management, management or marketing.

Knowing your strengths and weaknesses, the skills you want to focus on, and the areas of business you find most rewarding is helpful when determining which MBA concentration will be right for you. When seeking employment, the concentration you choose, along with your record and resume, will help differentiate you from other candidates. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB) reports that for students who are changing careers, an MBA concentration signals your field of interest and expertise to potential employers. Selecting one MBA specialization over another has the potential to impact the trajectory of your career, so US News emphasizes you research the MBA specializations offered by your target schools along with how each one might impact your future career options. To help you make informed choices, seek out experts in your field of interest for their advice on the specializations that are valued within their industry. Speak with alumni to gain insight into which specializations they think might be most beneficial. Access MBA offers some general MBA suggestions which also apply to choosing a concentration, including considering where you want to work after graduation and what you want to do with your MBA degree.

The Professional’s MBA is a customizable, part-time MBA program for working professionals with a range of specializations. The Loyola MBA is flexible, and includes weekday evening courses with on-campus, hybrid, and online course options. Fall, spring, or summer start terms are available. The Sellinger School also offers the Emerging Leaders MBA, a full-time MBA program that offers a specialized internship in a field aligned with your career goals.