Related Specializations

All students graduate with an MBA in General Management. In addition, you may elect as many as three nine-credit specializations, of which management-related offerings are listed below. It is ultimately up to you as the student to determine whether you'd like to pursue a specialization, or to customize your studies among the 150 elective courses offered within the Stern MBA program.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Specialization
The specialization in entrepreneurship and innovation equips students with the tools and concepts necessary for a career as an entrepreneur or an investor in entrepreneurial ventures.  A requirement for the specialization is one of the Foundations of Entrepreneurship courses, which offer a broad look at starting, funding and managing new businesses in a variety of sectors including services, manufacturing, high technology, and public service.  The specialization provides a valuable understanding of what it is like to work in a start-up venture, a growing small business, or a venture capital or private equity firm.

Academic Advisor: Professor Glenn Okun, 212-998-0780

Global Business Specialization
Managing across political frontiers, cultures, national economies, and financial systems presents difficult and often intriguing problems and comes together most dramatically in multinational enterprises. Students who intend to pursue a career in multinational firms, financial institutions, international organizations, or government agencies are strongly advised to acquire a solid perspective on the global dimensions of business, alongside their functional area of concentration. This insight has been the basis of the continued popularity of global business as a specialization in the MBA program. The Stern School has one of the largest faculties conducting research on the global dimensions of business which helps to support a broad spectrum of internationally focused courses. These courses consider important functional issues such as international trade and international macroeconomic relationships; international accounting and taxation; international marketing; and international banking and finance. They also convey specific skills such as international financial management and international negotiations. The global business specialization builds on the international content of the MBA core, notably the Global Economy course.

Academic Advisor: Professor Thomas Pugel, 212-998-0424

Leadership and Change Management Specialization
The leadership and change management specialization helps students develop their leadership potential and enhance their expertise in managing changing technological, competitive, demographic, and other organizational contingencies.  Courses introduce specific concepts, theories, and tools that can assist executives entrusted with the task of leading organizational change.  Students develop skills in diagnosing forces of change, developing change strategies, and monitoring the effectiveness of change initiatives.  This specialization is particularly useful for those planning careers in general management, consulting, or business development.  

Academic Advisor: Professor Anat Lechner, 212-998-0263

Management Specialization
The management specialization is designed for students who will pursue careers as general managers in large established firms, family firms, social enterprises, or new ventures. Students build additional expertise in both strategic management and the management of organizations. The courses in this specialization provide students with the knowledge necessary to be a senior manager of a business unit or firm. Students can combine coursework in strategy and strategic management with additional learning in negotiations, leadership, and decision-making in a way that provides an overall understanding of the management process of both large and small organizations.

Academic Advisor: Professor Anat Lechner, 212-998-0263

Social Innovation and Impact Specialization
Social innovation and impact specialization courses blend social, environmental and more traditional economic perspectives to provide the innovative conceptual frameworks, strategies, and implementation skills necessary to create substantial social and economic value in for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors.

In a social impact career, one works to further the social good either through a specific role or through an employer. Social impact careers are not exclusive to any group of industries. Below is the complete course list for the social impact and innovation specialization. Additionally, there are five career tracks within the specialization that represent the scope of industry and function available to those seeking a career in social impact.  

Academic Advisors:
Hans Taparia, 212-998-4005
Michael Pollack, 212-992-6805