The faculty at Tulane, talented educators with real-world experience, will help you discover your interests and develop a foundation of business skills. After your MBA, you won't just have three additional letters on your resume. You'll have the knowledge you need to broaden your professional possibilities and excel in your career.
In addition to developing a common body of knowledge in practical business matters, all MBA students have the option to concentrate and/or specialize in a variety of areas. While no concentration or specialization is required to earn a Tulane MBA, this option provides students the opportunity to create a program of study that meets more specific academic and career goals. Each student may declare up to two concentrations and/or specializations during the program of study.
A new form of competition permeates today's business world, one that is based on the use of data analytics to support decision-making. In the MBA job market, it is important to have mastered the skills required to operate in this new data-intensive world. The analytics concentration gives Tulane students the skills they need to transform large data sets into actionable knowledge. Courses include modeling and analytics, econometrics and forecasting, research and analytics, and advanced spreadsheet modeling. Students will also learn R, an open-source platform for statistical computing that enables them to do some remarkable things. This course of study prepares graduates for careers as product developers, marketing analysts, pricing analysts, entrepreneurs and consultants among others.
The energy industry is the largest one in the world, with ample opportunities for those with the right skills and experiences. Students learn about the business of energy with coursework encompassing finance, asset valuation and analysis, risk management, and trading. A trading floor simulator gives students hands-on knowledge of what traders look for when making investment decisions. Graduates with this concentration often choose careers at energy companies, specialist security firms, banks and investment firms, consulting companies, and trading companies.
Students enrolled in Tulane's entrepreneurship concentration can choose to focus on early-stage venture creation (founding a company), second-stage growth (working with early-stage companies), and venture finance. Whichever track they choose, students will gain practical, applicable knowledge about strategy, management, and operations in fast-growing businesses. Options for independent study are available for students who wish to focus on a particular business segment. The city of New Orleans, which has emerged as an entrepreneurial hub in recent years, provides a backdrop to this course of study, and students gain real-world experience through Freeman's Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Coursework in the finance concentration explores topics such as investments, valuation, fixed-income analytics, derivatives, and risk management. Students complement their classroom knowledge with experiential learning. This includes conducting equity research and writing investment reports on actual companies (Burkenroad Reports), and participating in a student-managed mutual fund (Darwin Fenner). Tulane finance MBAs typically pursue careers in corporate finance, asset management, hedge fund investment, venture capital, private equity, private banking, and financial consulting at banks and investment firms or in the finance departments of large corporations.
All MBA students may earn a supporting concentration in international business by completing the four courses in the Global Leadership Module in the MBA curriculum.
The strategic management and leadership concentration helps students develop their leadership potential and their understanding of the management processes of both large and small organizations. Coursework focuses on developing knowledge to make corporate decisions, manage new technologies and innovations, strategically manage talent, and handle different types of negotiations. Cases, experiential class activities, and discussions with industry professionals provide a necessary foundation for tomorrow's business leaders. This concentration is especially helpful for students who plan careers in general management, management consulting, and entrepreneurship.
Students may choose to pursue a joint degree within the Freeman School to earn a Master of Global Management (MGM) or a Master of Management in Energy (MME). Joint degrees are also possible with other schools including Tulane's Law School (JD/MBA), Medical School (MD/MBA and Accelerated MD/MBA), School of Public Health (MHA/MBA), and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies (MA/MBA). MBA students who wish to pursue a joint degree must apply and be admitted to the second graduate degree program. Additionally, Tulane undergraduates in Newcomb-Tulane College or the School of Science and Engineering may apply to the MBA program in their third year (BA/MBA or BS/MBA).
" I started this semester taking a five day negotiations course. It was one of my favorite courses at Tulane because I really enjoyed the experiential learning process. Overall, this class was incredibly beneficial to me and I hope I have mastered some new skills. These skills will certainly come in handy when negotiating a salary package. "