Online Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Dr. Jorge Cardenas is an Associate Dean at Ashford University's College of Business and Professional Studies. He has a Doctor of Business Administration from Alliant International University, and a BS and MS in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Read his full bio.
Improve your professional confidence, project management, critical thinking, and leadership when you earn your Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree online from Ashford University.
Your Master of Business Administration degree program offers graduate study of the functions and activities performed in profit-seeking as well as not-for-profit organizations. You will study with focus in areas such as operations, finance, marketing, accounting, and business strategy.
When you graduate with your MBA degree, you will be prepared for a career in which a broad background and general knowledge in the field of business are requirements. You will also have experience of advanced graduate work in critical areas. You may choose to enter or advance in one of the areas of business or industry for which your MBA degree has prepared you, start your own businesses, or pursue careers with local, state, or federal government. You may also consider a career in the following industries:
- For-profit Businesses
- Investment Banking
- Small Business Management
- Non-profit Organizations
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Personalize your MBA degree with a specialization. Each specialization focuses on a unique element that will further enhance your skills and prepare you for a larger range of responsibility. Choose from the following specializations:
- Business Economics
- Environmental Management
- Global Management
- Health Care Administration
- Human Resources Management
- Information Systems
- Organizational Leadership
- Project Management
- Public Administration
- Supply Chain Management
Business Economics (9 credits)
In a world where even local events have global impact, the study of business economics is crucial for future leaders. With your Business Economics specialization added to your MBA degree, you will develop the skills you need to formulate business strategies to meet the challenge of the markets. The Business Economics specialization reinforces the natural relationship between economics and finance. You will study economic forces that impact business, from employment and inflation to monetary and fiscal policy.
Entrepreneurship (9 credits)
Are you ready and willing to take on new ventures in business? An entrepreneur assumes responsibility for the risks inherent in any new enterprise. With your Entrepreneurship Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will be armed with the tools you will need to manage risks while confronting businesses' biggest challenges. The Entrepreneurship Specialization equips you to launch and foster new business enterprises or assume entrepreneurial leadership positions in existing organizations. You will increase interpersonal and management skills while developing a wide range of expertise in finance, accounting, economics, quality improvement, risk management, new capital generation, law, strategic planning, statistical reasoning, and organizational management.
Environmental Management (9 credits)
Integrate sustainable business strategies into your education. With your Environmental Management specialization added to your MBA, you will learn to meet the challenges of energy, economics, and the environment. The Environmental Management specialization gives you the strategic planning tools to respond to the next-generation economy. You will study economic forces, business risk, and alternative sources of energy.
Finance (9 credits)
Deepen your expertise in business administration. With your Finance Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will delve into multiple aspects of investment, economics, and accounting at the corporate level. The Finance Specialization strengthens your credentials to manage the financial health of a growing business while providing you with the knowledge and skills you need to survive in today's competitive economy.
Global Management (9 credits)
Diversify your repertoire of leadership skills. With your Global Management Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will develop a broad understanding of business and management across national and cultural boundaries. The Global Management Specialization exposes you to leadership strategies from a socio-political context, while providing you with the insight you need to comprehend and compare a variety of management styles from around the world.
Health Care Administration (9 credits)
Give your career in health care a head start. With your Health Care Administration Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will enjoy the confidence that comes from a greater understanding of health policy, economics, and program implementation. The Health Care Administration Specialization prepares you to assume leadership and management positions in healthcare organizations. You will increase interpersonal and organizational skills while developing a wide range of expertise in accounting, quality assurance, risk management, health policy, law, strategic planning, statistical analysis, and organizational management.
Human Resources Management (9 credits)
Elevate your administration skills to new heights. With your Human Resources Management Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will cover training and development, compensation and benefits, and strategies in human resources management. The Human Resources Management Specialization is your opportunity to explore how the Human Resources function can thrive within organizations, while crafting a solid hiring strategy to recruit the best talent, as well as the ever-changing legal requirements that influence the HR decision-making process.
Information Systems (9 credits)
With your Information Systems Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will train to become an expert in today's information technology. The Information Systems Specialization prepares you for a career in the information technology industry while you explore such topics as database management, essential business software, information processing, and systems development.
Marketing (9 credits)
Promote yourself and your education. With your Marketing Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will discover many of the strategies and ideas used by some of today's most successful marketing professionals. The Marketing Specialization puts a twist on your business competency while expanding your experience with branding, research, and consumer behavior.
Organizational Leadership (9 credits)
Take your education to the next level with a specialization in Organizational Leadership. With your Organizational Leadership Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will be well prepared to lead today's organizations through changing times. The Organizational Leadership Specialization amplifies your expertise in business and management while you explore leadership opportunities, organizational change, and how these will impact the future.
Project Management (9 credits)
Create ambitious goals and get results! With your Project Management Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will master the discipline of successfully completing the specific objectives of any large endeavor. The Project Management Specialization builds upon your competency in project planning and risk management while developing a wide range of expertise in procurement, finance, and operations.
Public Administration (9 credits)
Explore your passion for public service. With your Public Administration Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will enhance the management skills you need to perform effectively within a public, government, or non-governmental organizations. The Public Administration Specialization trains you to master the complexities of promoting civil society and social justice while developing a wide range of expertise in budgeting, human resources, quantitative methods, and public policy.
Supply Chain Management (9 credits)
Provide all the right goods at just the right time. With your Supply Chain Management Specialization added to your MBA degree from Ashford University, you will further develop your logistics management skills, including materials management, evaluation and measurement, as well as distribution and inventory systems. The Supply Chain Management Specialization supplements your competency in business administration while providing more specifically focused training in operations, production and delivery methods, quantitative methods, logistics, strategic planning, and project management.
Courses are taught by graduate-degreed faculty with real-world experience in the fields they teach.
If an MBA degree fits your personal goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.