CUSTOMIZE YOUR MBA

Specializations are focused course tracks for students desiring an in-depth study of the functional area for their chosen career. Specializations require 20 credit hours of course work beyond the core. The 20-credit-hour requirement represents the 12 credit hours earned in the related concentration plus an additional eight hours. The following specializations are offered: Brand Management, Corporate Finance, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) and Investment Management.

Brand Management

In order to best prepare our students for brand management career paths, the Vanderbilt business faculty have created a comprehensive brand management career specialization curriculum.

Required Courses

Course Credits
Marketing Communications: Advertising and Social Media 2
Consumer Insights for Marketing Decision Making 2
Consumer Behavior 2
Quantitative Analysis for Marketing Decision Making 2
Selling Strategy: Promotions, Persuasion and Public Relations 2
Marketing Analytics 2
Brand Management 2

Electives

Choose six credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
Healthcare Marketing 2
New Product Development 2
Marketing Strategy 2
Internet Marketing Strategy and Analytics 2
Pricing Strategies 2

CORPORATE FINANCE

To prepare students for career paths in corporate finance, the Vanderbilt business faculty have created a comprehensive corporate finance career specialization.

Required Courses

Course Credits
Financial Reporting l 2
Financial Reporting ll 2
Investments 2
Corporate Valuation 2
Corporate Financial Policy 2
Mergers and Acquisitions 2

Electives

Choose eight credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
Taxation of Business and Investment Transactions 2
International Financial Markets and Instruments 2
Advanced Corporate Valuation 2
Private Equity and Leveraged Buyouts (short course) 1
Corporate Restructuring for Distressed Firms (short course) 2
Financial Institutions 2
Corporate Restructuring for Non-Distressed Firms 2

HUMAN & ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE (HOP)*

The human and organizational performance (HOP) specialization is a more structured, intense, and focused version of the HOP concentration. The purpose of the career track is to provide a foundation of knowledge and practice for MBA students targeting careers in human capital consulting or corporate human resource management.

Students working in HOP need, most importantly, to be broadly educated in business disciplines such as strategy, finance, economics, marketing, operations, and accounting. This foundation differentiates our students from Master of Human Resource Management graduates. In addition to this foundation, the HOP career specialization consists of a rigorous course sequence.

*Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Alignment

Required Courses

Course Credits
Strategic Human Resource Management 2
Employee Engagement and People Analytics 2
Compensation Decision Making 2
Labor and Employee Relations (not offered 2021/2022) 2
Leading Change 2
Managerial and Organizational Effectiveness 2

Electives

Choose one course from the following:
Course Credits
Diversity in Organizations 2

Electives

Choose six credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
Negotiation 2
Ethics in Business 2
Healthcare Quality Improvement 2
Healthcare Delivery Organizations 2
Executive Coaching (short course) 1
Training Systems Management (short course) (not offered 2021/2022) 1
Special Topics in Organization Studies: Practicum on Employment Discrimination: EEOC 2

INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

To prepare students for career paths in investment management, the Vanderbilt business faculty have created a comprehensive investment management career specialization that consists of a sequence of 10 finance courses.

Required Courses

Course Credits
Financial Reporting l 2
Financial Reporting ll 2
Investments 2
Corporate Valuation 2
Applied Investment Management 2
Bond Markets 2
Derivatives Markets 2

Electives

Choose four credit hours from the following:
Course Credits
International Financial Markets and Instruments 2
Risk Management 2
Derivative Securities Valuation 2
Portfolio Analysis and Trading 2
Financial Institutions 2

Secondary Electives

Course Credits
Corporate Financial Policy 2
Advanced Corporate Valuation 2
Financial Statement Analysis 2
Mergers and Acquisitions 2

Degree requirements and course information are subject to change; not all courses are offered every year. The most recent Course Catalog contains academic policies, degree requirements, and individual course descriptions for each of our degree programs.