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Areas of Specialization

The electives and areas of specialization of the Elmhurst MBA have been developed in cooperation with other graduate programs at the University and new and existing courses in the Department of Business and Economics.

The choice of an area of specialization must be approved by the program director.

Choose Your Area of Specialization

Explore program details using the accordion below.

  • MIT 510 Database Management and Data Warehousing
  • MIT 543 Web Application Development or
  • MIT 545 Mobile Application Development
  • MIT 561 Computer Network I
  • MIT 567 Cloud Computing
  • MDS 534 Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • MDS 560 Business Intelligence for Enterprise Value
  • MDS 523 Data Warehousing
  • MDS 546 Quantitative Methods

Choose four of the five courses listed:

  • MBA 541 Corporate Finance
  • MBA 542 Investment Theory and Portfolio Management
  • MBA 545 Financial Statements Analysis
  • MBA 508 Special Topics: Finance
  • MBA 509 Project Management

The General Management specialization allows you to choose four masters-level electives across any discipline as long as the total is 3.0 credits.

  • HCA 508 Health Care Systems and Health Policy
  • HCA 504 Health Services Marketing
  • HCA 502 Health Care Finance
  • HCA 506 Health Care Law, Policy and Ethics

Students must complete four courses. Each course is eight weeks in length. This program can be completed in one year.

  • MIE 500 New Venture Formulation
  • MIE 501 Entreprenuer Sales and Marketing
  • MIE 502 Innovation Management
  • MIE 503 Seminar in Entrepreneurship

This specialization combines courses from the Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the Department of Business. Students wishing to specialize in Management of People need a prerequisite equivalent to PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science, as well as one year in the MBA program and the joint approval of the director of the industrial/organizational psychology master’s program and the MBA program.

Fall Semester

  • PSY 501 Foundations of I/O Psychology (.5 credit) 
  • PSY 517 Small Group Theory & Processes (.5 credit)

Spring Semester

  • PSY 530 Organizational Theory (.5 credit)
  • PSY 531 Organizational Development (.5 credit)
  • PSY 539 Work Motivation (.5 credit)
  • PSY 540 Advanced Topics in I/O Psychology (.5 credit)
  • MBA 550 Cultural Diversity in Organizations
  • MBA 552 Leadership
  • MBA 553 Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 555 Negotiations
  • MBA 583 Marketing Insights and Analysis
  • MBA 584 Social/Digital Media
  • MBA 585 Research Practicum I
  • MBA 586 Research Practicum II
  • MBA 509 Project Management
  • MPM 501 Project Management Fundamentals in Practice I
  • MPM 502 Project Management Fundamentals in Practice II
  • MPM 503 Tools and Techniques of the Project Manager

Students may select an approved four of the following three semester-hour “sets” of courses at the graduate level.

  • Set 1: SCM 512 Outsource Decisions: Selecting a Third-party Logistics Firm and SCM 513 Forecasting in the Supply Chain. Meets once a week, Fall Term.
  • Set 2: SCM 550 Transportation Management Strategies and SCM 551 Marketing and Supply Chain Networks. Meets once a week, Fall Term.
  • Set 3a: SCM 520 Quality Process Management and SCM 521 Inbound Logistics Strategies. Meets twice a week, January Term.
  • Set 3b: SCM 560 E-Commerce and the Supply Chain and SCM 561 Customer Relationships. Meets twice a week, January Term. 
  • Set 4: SCM 531 Manufacture Decisions and SCM 530 Supplier Certification in the Supply Chain. Meets once a week, Spring Term.
  • Set 5: SCM 540 Inventory Strategies and SCM 541 Warehouse Management Strategies. Meets once a week, Summer Term.

Note: Students can choose either Set 3a or Set 3b (but not both).

Policy on Cross-Listed Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

  • Elmhurst University graduates will not be allowed to repeat an undergraduate course for graduate credit. Transfer students will be discouraged from repeating courses from their undergraduate program.
  • Permission to register for an undergraduate course for graduate credit must be approved by the program director.

Kelly Cunningham, MBA

Associate Professor, Business & Economics; Program Director, MBA
Department of Business and Economics

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