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MBA Concentrations


Students are encouraged (not required) to consider concentrations as an opportunity to demonstrate functional area or business discipline specialization. Concentrations provide an opportunity for students to further develop their ability to analyze, communicate, incorporate theory into practice and develop the critical decision making skills necessary to succeed in a global economy.

UT Dallas MBA students can choose to concentrate in one or two of the following disciplines or functional areas (see below). Concentrations are a selected cluster of electives of 12 semester credit hours demonstrating a focused course of specialized study. Students cannot include more than 12 elective credit hours in any single functional academic area (indicated by course prefix), except for Healthcare Leadership and Management, Real Estate and Innovation and Entrepreneurship electives with a maximum of 15 elective credit hours.

MBA Concentrations

  • Accounting

    In today’s global and technology-driven environment, managers need skills to effectively analyze accounting information and make value-enhancing decisions. Students may select accounting courses to concentrate in financial analysis, consulting, corporate governance and tax management. This concentration can be further refined to the areas of assurance services, taxation and internal audit. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Business Analytics

    A concentration in business analytics covers statistics and econometrics, predictive modeling, decision and optimization (prescriptive) modeling, and data management. Students are prepared for a position within Marketing Analytics, Decision and Operations Analytics, Financial Analytics, Healthcare Analytics, and IT Analytics. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Energy Management

    The Energy Management concentration will provide students with skills critical to managerial decision making within energy companies, focusing on supply chain, operations, finance, and risk management. Visit the graduate catalog and view the finance and supply chain management pages for a listing of energy courses.

  • Finance

    Students can prepare for careers in corporate finance, investment management, or the management of financial institutions. Courses in this area emphasize creative solutions to business financing problems, the development of value maximizing investment and financing strategies, and the analysis and management of fixed income and equity investments. Students may choose to concentrate in either corporate financial planning or the analysis of financial securities and investment portfolios. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Healthcare Leadership and Management

    The primary goal of this concentration is to prepare students for leadership positions in healthcare organizations. The healthcare concentration is cross functional and industry focused. Courses include cases, projects and assignments that are centered around applying management skills to healthcare issues and organizations. Classes are taught by faculty and healthcare executives who bring special expertise and experience to the program. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Information Technology Management

    Information technology is integral to all business operations and permeates all aspects of modern business and our courses will enable students to fully utilize information technology to solve business problems and gain strategic advantage. Advanced courses provide skills necessary for the “supply” side of information technology for IT consulting, software management and e-business. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    The concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship prepares students for successful business careers in entrepreneurial new ventures, entrepreneurial finance (venture capital/private equity), or innovation-related roles in mature organizations (product planning, product marketing, product development, etc.). The concentration permits students to pursue electives in either the new venture focus area or the innovation within the corporation focus area. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Internal Audit

    Today’s job market for individuals in internal audit and risk management is exceptional. A concentration in this area covers internal audit from a broad perspective and addresses review of business processes, technology, governance, ethics, risk assessment and auditing standards which allows individual to work in any industry or discipline. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • International Management

    In today’s global economy, there is a need to develop skills in various international business environments. Students can take a multidisciplinary approach to study international management, with courses in finance, marketing, strategic management, legal and cross-cultural management. These integrate concepts and theories with international policies and business practices and prepare students to succeed in developing successful international ventures. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Leadership in Organizations

    The leadership concentration prepares students for management positions through the study of the psychological, sociological and organizational behavior disciplines. The program provides a foundation of leadership theory, building and problem solving in interpersonal work relationships, group dynamics, organizational decision-making and change and ethics. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Marketing

    Students learn to understand customers’ needs and purchase behaviors, how to satisfy those needs, and how to make a profit in competitive industries and markets. Topics include developing an effective marketing strategy, developing new products and managing different brands and product categories. Students can also acquire expertise in pricing, advertising and promotions, market research, and retailing strategies. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Real Estate

    The real estate concentration will provide students with both a practical and educational basis to become skilled decision-makers within the industry. This concentration includes courses in real estate finance and capital markets, covering real estate loans, syndication, securitization, regulation, investment and analysis, combining lectures and case studies to explore the sources of real estate value, project feasibility, strategies for financing, and portfolio management while covering market analysis, government approvals, financing and risk assessment. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Strategic Management

    This concentration focuses on corporate level strategic management, including implementation of strategic designs, top management team leadership, the strategic implications of the social, governmental, technological and international environments, organization structuring and strategic alliances. Students will learn how to integrate accounting, finance, economics and organization theory to create sustainable competitive advantage. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Supply Chain Management

    Students specializing in supply chain management gain an analytical understanding of how to leverage profits by continuously improving business processes. Effective integration of customers, suppliers, factories and stores through the coordination of various functional areas (marketing, finance, procurement) is an important theme. The area emphasizes using incentives, contracts and information technologies to foster efficiency and success. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.

  • Systems Engineering & Management

    The concentration is designed to meet the need for formalized education in design, engineering and management of complex systems involving a large number of interconnected components. It will develop a broad range of engineering and managerial skills that trains students to be managers of large projects that require expertise in both technical and managerial disciplines. Visit the graduate catalog for a full list of courses in this concentration.