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Areas of Emphasis

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An area of emphasis is noted on the transcript and diploma, and as such, indicates some proficiency of knowledge in that area. 


The MBA is intended to be an advanced general management degree. Therefore, the MBA curriculum includes as many as six to nine elective hours as a degree requirement. Students may decide to concentrate the electives in a particular area of study to create an area of emphasis. However, it may serve some students better to consider using the electives to round out their business expertise rather than focusing their study in one or more areas of emphasis.

Pick an emphasis that fits you. 

Each area of emphasis requires specific course work. Please note that a course may not be applied as a requirement for more than one area of emphasis. Courses outside the John Cook School of Business require permission from the instructor and petition approval.

 Area of  EmphasisCourse Requirements Contact
AccountingAny nine credit hours of graduate accounting coursework (ACCT-501 is not eligible)

Dr. Ananth Seetharaman

314-977-3828

acas@slu.edu

EconomicsAny nine credit hours of graduate economics coursework (ECON-501 is not eligible)

Dr. Heather Bednarek

314-977-3848 

bednarhl@slu.edu

Entrepreneurship  Nine credit hours of graduate courses in entrepreneurship, which must include MGT 620 or MGT 623 & MGT 621, and one of the following:  MGT 622, MGT624, MGT 635, FIN 609, FIN 636, MKT 612, MKT 615, MKT 640, or relevant graduate course with petition approval.

Dr. David Kaplan

314-977-7156

kaplandm@slu.edu 

FinanceNine credit hours of graduate finance courses that must include FIN-616 and FIN-621, and one other graduate finance course (FIN-609 and FIN-610 are not eligible) Note: Students must take FIN 615 as required breadth course (in lieu of FIN 600).

Dr. Michael Alderson

314-977-3858 

alderson@slu.edu

Health Industries

Any nine credit hours of business-related healthcare courses which must include HMP 500, and two of the following ECON 670, HMP 531, HMP 550, HMP 571, and MGT 610. Other HMP courses may be approved via petition. 

314-977-2661

gradbiz@slu.edu

Human Resource ManagementNine credit hours of graduate courses related to human resource management, which must include MGT 610 and MGT 641, and one of the following: MGT 608, MGT 411, MGT 413, or PSY 649. Courses outside the John Cook School of Business require permission from the instructor, and petition approval.

Dr. David Kaplan

314-977-7156

kaplandm@slu.edu

International BusinessAny nine credit hours of graduate international focused courses (IB-600 is not eligible)

Dr. Seung Kim

314-977-3898 

kimsh@slu.edu

Information Technology ManagementAny nine credit hours of graduate information technology courses (ITM-600 is not eligible)

Dr. Reuven Levary

314-977-3804 

levarypr@slu.edu

ManagementAny nine credit hours of graduate management courses (MGT-600, MGT-603, and MGT 606 are not eligible).

Dr. David Kaplan

314-977-7156

kaplandm@slu.edu

MarketingAny nine credit hours of graduate marketing courses (MKT-600 is not eligible)

Dr. James Fisher

314-977-3868 

fisherje@slu.edu

Non-Profit OrganizationsNine credit hours which must include MGT-620 or MGT-623, and two of the following courses: LAW 789, SWRK-798, SWRK-799, SWRK-815 or SWRK-828. Courses outside the John Cook School of Business require permission from the instructor, and petition approval.

314-977-2661

gradbiz@slu.edu

Project ManagementNine credit hours of graduate management courses that must include ITM 605 & MGT 635, as well as one of the following: ITM 610, MGT 620, or OPM 648.

Dr. Reuven Levary

314-977-3804 

levarypr@slu.edu

Real EstateNine credit hours which must include FIN-609, and two of the following courses:  PPS-510, PPS-560, PPS-525, PPS-531, LAW 770 or a relevant course with permission of the graduate business programs office.  Courses outside the John Cook School of Business require permission from the instructor, and petition approval.

314-977-2661

gradbiz@slu.edu

Supply Chain ManagementNine credit hours of graduate supply chain courses that must include OPM-644 and OPM-646, and one of the following courses: FIN-635, ITM-625, MGT-615, MKT-625, or another graduate supply chain course (OPM-502 and OPM-505 are not eligible)

Dr. Reuven Levary

314-977-3804

levarypr@slu.edu