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Darla Moore School of Business

Specializations and Graduate Certificates

The Professional MBA program offers specializations in finance, innovation/entrepreneurship, international business and marketing. A graduate certificate in business analytics is also available to students in a distance-based, evening format.


Professional MBA students can tailor their education to fit their career aspirations by gaining expertise in a particular subject through a specialization. To complete a specialization, students must take a minimum of four of their electives in a single area.

The finance specialization prepares students for positions in financial services such as banking and investment management as well as corporate finance. Finance courses provide a core set of skills in financial modeling, valuation, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, financial reporting and analysis.

The innovation/entrepreneurship specialization develops skills in creating/launching new ventures, managing/funding small businesses and scalable new ventures, and directing the development of new products and services.

The international business specialization develops skills in doing business across national boundaries and diverse cultures. Course offerings include a study abroad experience to learn firsthand how business is conducted in other countries, international management, international finance and foreign legal systems. 

The marketing specialization develops skills in marketing strategy, research and consumer behavior and is based on the perspective that marketing managers must view customers, products and services as assets.  Courses in customer relationship management/data-mining and internet marketing are also offered.  

A specialization appears on the student's transcript but not the diploma. It is recommended that students add their functional specialization to the education section of their resume.  

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics

Graduate certificates equip students to be able to demonstrate knowledge of a specific business skill. Students who complete a graduate certificate receive a separate diploma awarding a “Post-Bachelor Certificate”. Graduate certificates are also noted on the student’s transcript.

PMBA students have the option of using four of their elective courses to earn a graduate certificate in business analytics. The certificate, designed to complement the PMBA curriculum and enhance the career opportunities of the students by providing critical skills in business analytics, requires 12 credit hours earned in the following three business analytics courses and an additional course chosen from four options.

The courses in the Business Analytics Certificate are offered in an evening, blended learning format. View detailed information on required courses for the Business Analytics Certificate.

Upcoming Events

Professional MBA Information Session

Wednesday, May. 19, 2021

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Cost: FREE

Professional MBA Virtual Info Session

Wednesday, Jun. 2, 2021

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Cost: FREE

Professional MBA Virtual Info Session

Tuesday, Jun. 22, 2021

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Cost: FREE

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