Concentrations

Choose Your Specialization

The new Crosby MBA curriculum is designed to assist you in pursuing your desired career path.  The program includes 22.5 credits of electives, allowing you to choose a concentration or certificate, while also selecting coursework to enhance your knowledge of a wide variety of business topics.

Finance:

  • Investments
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Services Marketing

MBA Concentrations

Management:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Strategy
  • Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior
  • International Business
  • Managerial Decision Making

Marketing:

  • Marketing/Sales Management
  • Consumer Products Marketing/Brand Management
  • Marketing Research/Consulting
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Financial Services Marketing

Certificates

Nonprofit Management (Mizzou Truman School of Public Affairs)

Center for the Digital Globe

Life Science Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Finance

All organizations – whether for-profit, non-profit or governmental agency – require a budget, prudent management of that budget, and strategies for growth and expansion. Finance has been called the creation, allocation and management of wealth. The coursework and concentrations in finance will focus on these three broad themes. Concentrations include:

  • Investments
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Services Marketing

Is a Career in Finance for You?

Because all organizations are constrained by financial resources, the skills taught in this coursework will be useful to you regardless of your choice of career options. MBA graduates in finance work in a wide variety of careers:

  • Consultant with a regional or national firm
  • Analyst or transaction specialist with an investment banking firm
  • Financial analyst
  • Treasurer or financial manager for a corporation 
  • Financial manager for a non-profit organization or governmental agency

Opportunities in the Crosby MBA Program

  • Trading Room with Bloomberg Access – MBA students have the opportunity to manage a million+ dollar investment fund in real time. A state-of-the-art classroom in the Anheuser-Busch Technology Center offers students hands-on experience in investor trading and fund management.  Mizzou Investment Fund members use the terminals to maintain their investment portfolio and manage the endowment fund from which they invest. In the framework of an academic class, students analyze securities, set asset allocation targets, and make investment decisions for a portfolio of investment securities.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA): The MBA curriculum provides background knowledge for the Level 1 CFA exam as it tests principles in finance, accounting, economics, and statistics. Professor John Stansfield, Director of the Mizzou CFA Partner Program, teaches relevant coursework and also Level 1 (and occasionally level 2) preparation courses. Partial scholarships may be available.  MBA students participate regularly in the annual CFA Investment Challenge.
  • Warren Buffett – the "Oracle of Omaha": Finance 7620 "The Investment Strategies of Warren Buffett," focuses on the investing principles of Mr. Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. The class is exceedingly popular with Crosby MBA students and has been filmed and discussed in two CNBC television specials on Mr. Buffett. Students have traveled to Omaha, Nebraska over the past decade for an extensive question-and-answer session with Mr. Buffett and a tour of businesses. The Buffett-focused course and the trip to Omaha for Mizzou students have been facilitated and sponsored by Harvey Eisen, a member of the college's Strategic Development Board and a leading portfolio manager, whose hope was to allow students to learn practical principles that would remain with them throughout their careers.
  • Teach your own section of an undergraduate finance class: Each semester up to 18 MBA students are selected to become instructors for one of two finance courses offered to undergraduate MU students – either a personal finance class or corporate finance for students earning a business minor. This is a rare and outstanding opportunity which often stands out as a highlight of the MBA experience when we speak with alumni. These instructors have a high level of responsibility for teaching their own class section. The rewards go beyond financial (these positions pay $3,876 per semester and often carry a full tuition waiver or scholarship), and we welcome interested applicants.
  • The Bloomberg Assessment Test (BAT) is offered free to students interested in careers in finance, economics and business.  The screening process involves a three-hour assessment used by Bloomberg and hundreds of financial employers to fill summer internships and full-time jobs (big banks, hedge funds, multinational firms). Highlighting your participation in the Bloomberg Assessment Test (BAT) will set you apart from thousands of other candidates.

Finance Faculty

The finance faculty have a strong commitment to both the development of new knowledge through research and sharing that knowledge through teaching. Our professors emphasize concepts in an applied fashion, integrating the use of real data and software in their coursework. They serve on numerous journal editorial boards, as well as on corporate boards of directors. Some have CFA certification and most have a variety of business experiences.

 

Management

For any enterprise to accomplish its goals - whether it's one of the world's largest companies, a small entrepreneurial storefront, or a Little League baseball team - effective management is crucial. Our courses focus on the perspective of a general manager making strategic decisions critical to an organization's success in a competitive environment. Concentrations include:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Strategy
  • Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior
  • International Business
  • Managerial Decision Making

Is a Career in Management for You?  

Careers in management vary across a wide spectrum of diverse, yet related, fields.  Crosby MBA graduates often work in:

  • General management 
  • Consultant with a regional or national firm
  • Human resources
  • Operations management and quality control
  • Information systems
  • Organizational development and change

Opportunities in Crosby MBA Program

  • Experience Entrepreneurship – The Launching High-Growth Venture class is “hands-on.”  By creating a demanding real-world business situation, the course provides a unique and effective learning environment.  Students prepare a business plan for a real business start-up client, then participate in an investor-presentation competition, competing to earn real dollars for their clients and for themselves.
  • Prepare Real-World Business Plans – Highly-qualified MBA students work as graduate assistants for the Missouri Innovation Center and for the Small Business and Technology Development Center.  In these roles they collaborate with start-up clients to create a business plan that will bring to success to the client.  This experience allows you to hone your own entrepreneurship skills, or may lead to a career in consulting.
  • Study abroad – Crosby MBA students interested in a career in international business might study abroad in China or Italy, or do a summer internship in Kenya.  Read our student blogs to learn about recent experiences.
  • SAS and SPSS Training and Certification – These are among the most widely used programs for statistical analysis and Mizzou offers several levels of training classes free for students.  These programs are used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, marketing organizations, and others. In addition to statistical analysis, data management (case selection, file reshaping, creating derived data) and data documentation are features of the base software.

Management Faculty

The management faculty have a strong commitment to teaching and have received many teaching and advising awards. They are also active in research, book authorship and other scholarly work which not only makes scientific contributions, but also contributes to the richness and timeliness of Crosby MBA course offerings.

 

Marketing

 

Every business, organization, and consumer inherently engages in marketing activity. Marketing – including sales, advertising and product development - occurs at every stage of the commercial exchange process. It is the primary revenue-generator of the firm; unless there are buyers for the goods and services produced, nothing else matters. Concentrations include:

  • Marketing/Sales Management
  • Consumer Products Marketing/Brand Management
  • Marketing Research/Consulting
  • Marketing Analytics

Is a Career in Marketing for You? 

MBA in Marketing

Marketing is a broad field offering a myriad of opportunities for you to apply your unique aptitudes. Some marketing careers require more quantitative, technical, analytical, or organizational abilities, while others utilize creativity, perceptiveness, insight and verbal ability.

  • Marketing analytics
  • Market research and analysis
  • Product, category and channel management
  • Customer business development
  • Business-to-business relationship management
  • Consultant with a regional or national firm

Opportunities in Crosby MBA Program 

  • Marketing Analytics - A unique and differentiating feature of our new Marketing Analytics concentration is the integration of data-analysis skills as well as user-level knowledge of relational databases with MBA program requirements. The Crosby MBA Program faculty recognized the importance of this fast-growing field and created a curriculum focusing on the development, implementation, and delivery of data-driven analytical solutions that assist in marketing strategies, tasks, and decisions.
  • Collaboration with Journalism Students – MBA students can join students at Mizzou’s top Journalism School for a class titled Entrepreneurship and Media of the Future.  In collaboration with a business client, they craft strategies, revenue models and solutions to real-world problems.   The class culminates in a competition where student teams present to a panel of judges during the Digital Globe Symposium in the Reynolds Journalism Institute, which by itself, makes the class unique. Read our blog to learn about one MBA student’s experience with an AP project.
  • Social Media Specialist – Each year several MBA students have the opportunity to manage various aspects of social media for the Trulaske College of Business.  If you have the expertise, you might manage online advertising, plan social media strategies and initiatives, or coordinate our blogs, Facebook pages, and LinkedIn groups.  Truly valuable experience while you learn!
  • SAS and SPSS Training and Certification – SAS and SPSS are among the most widely used programs for statistical analysis, and Mizzou offers several levels of training classes free for students.  These programs are used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, marketing organizations, and others. In addition to statistical analysis, data management (case selection, file reshaping, creating derived data) and data documentation are features of the base software.

Marketing Faculty

Marketing encompasses many diverse activities, and the marketing faculty has similar breadth and diversity. One characteristic they share, however, is that they are recognized leaders in their academic fields. MU faculty members hold prestigious editorial board positions at top marketing journals and the top international business academic journals. They have also had a wide variety of business experiences that they bring to the classroom, including retail, production, sales, multimedia, market analysis, advertising, marketing strategy, new product development, strategic planning, product and general management, and international exporting.