Students can specialize in one of five tracks in the program. There are also a wide variety of emphases, minors, and certificates students may earn to supplement their coursework.
In 2017 the Princeton Review ranked the school’s graduate entrepreneurship program No. 6 in the nation. The entrepreneurship track is carefully structured and designed to help students develop innovation.
Entrepreneurship AdvisorThomas Peterson
The finance track prepares students to work in corporate finance and with financial institutions. The corporate finance curriculum is appropriate for students who seek general management positions with a strong finance background. The financial institutions curriculum is more specialized and focused on positions in finance firms.
Finance AdvisorHal Heaton
Global Supply Chain Management
The global supply chain management track prepares students to respond to strategic and operational challenges within an organization. Students are trained to work closely within the company along every step of the production-to-sales process. Coursework includes working with the traditional areas of product design, manufacturing, marketing and sales, purchasing, logistics, and distribution, as well as understanding how to maintain strong relationships functional areas in customer and vendor organizations.
Global Supply Chain AdvisorJohn Gardner
The marketing track prepares students for the strategic issues facing marketing managers when choosing target markets as well as gaining, retaining, and growing a customer base in a modern, competitive global marketplace. Beyond the first-year core marketing management class, marketing students are required to take a market research class (MBA 650) and participate in a marketing field study (MBA 651), which must be taken concurrently during the first winter semester. A marketing field study consists of doing a consulting project for a company to address an actual marketing issue in research, entry, promotion, or product management, among other topics.
Marketing AdvisorGlenn Christensen
Strategic Human Resources
The strategic human resources track provides a foundation for those interested in the study of organizational change, development, and the strategic management of human resources. Curriculum emphases include leadership, motivation, organizational design, organizational theory, small group dynamics and teamwork, change management, strategic HR, international career management, and changing organizational cultures, among others. Coursework is structured to provide opportunities for practical experience through special projects and student research. The strategic human resources track also prepares students for advanced graduate studies in a doctoral degree program.
Strategic Human Resources AdvisorTroy Nielson
Emphases, Minors, and Certificates
The analytics emphasis provides students with the strong analytical skills necessary to solve business problems. Through exposure to data mining, visualization tools, predictive modeling, forecasting, business intelligence, prescriptive analytics, and real-world analytics problems, students will have the ability to make data-informed decisions and improve business performance in any sector. Students will learn tools like R, Tableau, VBA, SQL, conjoint analysis, and more.
Students who successfully complete the analytics emphasis will find many exciting career options as the demand for professionals with analytical skills has dramatically increased. This emphasis provides some flexibility, allowing students to determine which courses fit best with their career goals.
In 2016 the Princeton Review ranked the school’s graduate entrepreneurship program No. 7 in the nation. The entrepreneurship emphasis is carefully structured and designed to help students develop innovation skills to ensure they will be effective within an existing company or in launching a successful venture.
Global Management Certificate
The Global Management Center sponsors the global management certificate to prepare students to work in international business. The certificate is designed to educate students in a foreign business language, give students exposure to international business in a variety of disciplines, and allow them to participate in an international experience. The Marriott School currently sponsors eleven business language courses: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, English (for non-native English speakers), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Other language options are available to students who do not speak any of the sponsored business languages.
Students who successfully complete all requirements will be awarded a special certificate at a reception sponsored by the the Marriott School and the Global Management Center. Students will also be able to market themselves to prospective international business employers by listing this accomplishment on their résumé. In addition, the international courses, business language training, and international experience will provide students with an excellent foundation to work in international business. MBA students pursuing the certificate are also eligible for the prestigious Eccles Scholars awards.
For further information about the Global Management Certificate, contact the Global Management Center at 360 TNRB or call (801) 422-6495.
The information systems minor is available to graduate students in the Marriott School who desire to add an information systems component to their graduate experience.
The purpose of the international business emphasis is to prepare students to compete effectively in a global marketplace, whether working domestically or abroad. The emphasis builds on the required global management class by offering classes in the functional areas (accounting, finance, marketing, supply chain, and HR) and eleven different foreign business projects, internships, study abroad programs, and foreign business excursions.
The social innovation emphasis prepares students to work effectively with a variety of organizations—corporate foundations, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and government entities—to solve vexing social problems in innovative ways. Students in the program are expected to have a deep commitment to working on these issues, whether they do so in a voluntary, advisory, part-time, or full-time capacity. The four-course sequence in the emphasis provides students with a solid understanding of the operational, legal, and institutional environment in which work on social issues takes place. Courses will also focus on innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to social issues.
The purpose of the strategy emphasis is to prepare graduates to excel in management consulting, general corporate management, entrepreneurial/small business management, or any other business disciplines. Students will be exposed to a variety of conceptual models used in addressing a wide range of business issues. The strategy emphasis is designed to be flexible. Students choose a set of classes based on their own personal and professional interests. Topics include competitive strategy, mergers and acquisitions, executive decision making, creative strategic thinking, strategy implementation, management of innovation, entrepreneurial strategy, and several other strategy topics. Students must choose classes totaling twelve credit hours to complete the strategy emphasis.