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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Concentrations

  • Accounting Information Systems

    Many traditional accounting functions are now embodied in accounting information systems that require a different combination of technical and financial expertise. The accounting information systems (AIS) concentration is designed to enable students to design, use, and audit sophisticated accounting information systems and to act as consultants to advise organizations as to the liabilities and risks associated with changing technology. This concentration is available on campus.

  • Business Process Management

    Business process management centers on understanding the need to change the focus of organizations from functional silos to integrated end-to-end business processes to gain a competitive advantage. Students gain the cross-functional perspectives to manage today’s process-oriented organizations. This concentration is available on campus and online. 

  • Enterprise Resource Planning

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is the backbone of a company—the infrastructure that makes everything work. Likewise, it's a valuable place to gain a competitive edge. With the ERP concentration, which is available on campus, students learn how to select, manage, and get the most from ERP solutions, and they earn a valuable Certificate of Recognition from SAP, one of the largest providers of ERP systems. 

  • Finance

    All managerial decisions have financial implications. For this reason, business executives require an in-depth understanding of financial analysis, financial management, and the interactions between the business firms and the financial systems. The finance concentration, which is available on campus, equips students with the conceptual knowledge and analytical tools for developing, evaluating, and recommending financial strategies in corporate and investment management settings. 

  • Hospitality Management

    The global hospitality industry is the largest industry in the world and one of the fastest-growing fields for future employment. Hospitality management is the art of creating an atmosphere where customer satisfaction is the ultimate goal. This requires understanding the entire hospitality industry as well as having a firm grasp of the business portion of this industry. The hospitality concentration, which is available on campus, equips students to enter management positions within the hospitality field. 

  • Organizational Leadership

    In this concentration students develop leadership and human capital management skills that are critical for success in the global business environment. This concentration, which is available on campus, enables students to perform the core tasks of leadership—taking charge through decisive action, driving change in the face of stiff resistance, and empowering employees to superior performance. Students develop communication, motivation, negotiation, conflict management, and teambuilding skills to become effective managers and leaders. 

  • Taxation

    This concentration is designed for professionals who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of taxation and related subjects. Emphasis is placed on planning for companies and clients as well as technical competence in practical applications of the current tax law. This concentration is available on campus.

  • Technology Management

    This concentration is designed to equip business students with the ability to analyze, design, communicate, and manage in industrial, technology, science, or engineering environments. The technology management concentration gives the practicing professional a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the technology management process. This concentration is taught in cooperation with the School of Engineering and is available on campus.

Dual Majors

  • JD/MBA with School of Law
  • MJ/MBA with School of Law
  • MEng/MBA with School of Engineering
  • MD/Health Care MBA with Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
  • PsyD/MBA with Graduate Clinical Psychology
  • PsyD/Health Care MBA with Graduate Clinical Psychology

Why Widener?

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State-of-the-Art Technology

For on-campus students, the Leslie C. Quick Center provides a computer lab, computer classrooms, flexible learning spaces, and beautiful atrium for lounging before class. For online students, the user-friendly learning management system provides easy access to campus resources, course materials, and classmates.

relevant skills and competencies

Relevant Skills and Competencies

Students benefit from a curriculum designed to develop skills they can use immediately and for long-term career success. You will learn to develop and deploy processes following sustainability principles. You will strengthen your ability to foster an environment of creativity and innovation that gives way to improvements in products, services, and business processes. You will become adept at identifying, analyzing, and solving organizational issues using appropriate analytical techniques. You will also learn to apply the core competencies of leadership, including intrapersonal, interpersonal, team, organizational, and strategic leadership. Furthermore, you will enhance your ability to communicate effectively and professionally within business situations.

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Career Development

Career development workshops are taught by seasoned career development professionals. You will learn how to define your own personal career development plan and how to use social networking sites to build your professional network. With the increased emphasis on ethics in today’s business world, you will also understand your role in communicating ethics and codes, how to approach potential misconduct, and how to enhance your ethical decision-making.

 
  • Jill B. Alspach
  • Roseann Romeo
Jill B. Alspach

Jill B. Alspach

2014

I realized the importance of higher education assisting in my desired career path. Business process management became my concentration because I noticed a trend in current business practices to be more agile and streamline processes, so I wanted to be ahead of the game.

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Roseann Romeo

Roseann Romeo

2012

Widener prepared me for my career. During my first interview for a research-intensive position, the interviewer said, "I am so impressed you published your concept analysis before you graduated." Now, I only have my professors to thank; they challenged me to submit it.

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Potential Careers

  • Business analyst
  • Business process manager
  • Operations research consultant
  • Financial analyst
  • Sales/client relationship manager
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Data analyst
  • Asset manager
  • Finance director
  • Operations quality leader

Recent Employers

  • DuPont
  • Wawa
  • KPMG
  • Aramark
  • Siemens
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Comcast
  • Boeing
  • AstraZeneca
  • Thomson Reuters
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers

The school has close connections with industry professionals in ways that benefit students. Leading executives serve on the SBA Business Advisory Board. Professionals frequently appear as guest speakers in classes and are available at networking sessions. 

ABET

 

The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This professional accreditation places Widener among the top one-third of college business schools in the U.S. and Europe.