Choosing an MBA Concentration
At Limestone College, we offer an MBA program with two distinct concentrations because we understand the importance of preparing our graduates for the workplace. As a working professional and a student, you have unique career goals and aspirations. In addition to the other benefits of an MBA program, such as a flexible schedule and innovative program curriculum, choosing a specific concentration will help you better focus your studies to achieve your goals. Keep reading as we discuss the benefits to choosing an MBA concentration and how it can impact your career.
Choosing the management and leadership concentrations means that you will take core classes like Organizational Theory and Behavior, Supply Chain Management, and Leadership and Change. These specialized classes will prepare you for a career in a variety of settings, as you apply the principles and theories that you learned to practical situations. You will learn about effective leadership strategies, what motivates your employees, and strategies for creating and implementing your own unique vision. This concentration allows you to pursue leadership positions in many organizations, and provides the opportunity to move up in your career. A unique aspect about the MBA Management and Leadership is that you have the opportunity to attend three strategic on-campus residency weekends at Limestone College. During these weekends, held at the beginning, middle and end of your program, you will have the opportunity to network and develop critical knowledge while meeting your professors and classmates face-to-face. These residency weekends are fantastic opportunities for you to develop your networking skills with other professionals, listen to others’ experiences, and gain valuable insight from other working professionals about leading and managing in their fields.
If you’re interested in pursuing a job in the healthcare field, then this is the concentration for you. Limestone’s MBA Healthcare Administration will prepare you for this quickly growing and fast paced industry. In this concentration, you’ll take classes like Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Ethics/Legal Issues, and Healthcare Leadership and Change. By 2024, it’s projected that over 56,000 additional jobs will be added within the Healthcare Administration industry. This concentration will prepare you to be the most well rounded candidate in the field – you’ll be equipped to understand the legal and ethical implications of healthcare, develop and influence policy, and lead the next generation of healthcare administration professionals. Similar to the MBA Management and Leadership concentration, the MBA Healthcare Administration also provides the opportunity to attend on-campus residency weekends at the beginning, middle, and end of your program. Not only is this an excellent opportunity to meet your professors and classmates, but it’s an excellent opportunity to build your professional network and make connections that may benefit you well after the MBA program ends.
Aside from the specific benefits of the MBA concentrations that Limestone College offers, there are a variety of benefits to choosing a concentration in general. At the MBA level, a concentration allows you to immerse yourself in a specialized area of study to sharpen your skills, deepen your knowledge, and make yourself more marketable in a competitive workplace. You’ll still have the opportunity to take other, generalized classes about universal business principles that will strengthen your existing expertise. Additionally, you’ll get to participate online and during residency weekends with other students who have different professional backgrounds and career goals, allowing you to strengthen your networking skills, build relationships, and bolster your professional network.
Choosing an MBA concentration is all about determining what will benefit you most in the long run. Your concentration should be something that interests you, is relevant to your industry, or will help you achieve your career goals. If you’re looking to pivot into a different career or industry, choosing an MBA with a concentration that more closely aligns with the positions you’d like to be in is a great way to prepare yourself. No matter what you choose, you’ll graduate from your program equipped with the expertise to move forward and begin a new chapter in your career!