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Master of Business Administration - Self-Designed

Walden University's Master of Business Administration with a Self-Designed specialization program offers students the opportunity to develop a personal program that allows them to focus on a particular area of interest within business studies. Read on for more details about this online MBA program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Business Administration with a Self-Designed specialization

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Those seeking to enroll in this self-designed MBA program must possess a bachelor's degree. A basic knowledge of overall business functions and leadership and decision-making skills are helpful as these concepts are among those studied in depth in this program. All applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Walden University's online Master of Business Administration with Self-Designed specialization program is designed to provide students with an advanced education in overall business practices while providing the flexibility to select specific courses of study that match their career goals from among all program specialization courses. Core studies focus on managerial processes in accounting, finance, information systems, personnel management, marketing, and business innovation. In addition, students could study decision making, organizational performance optimization, business ethics, and global business. Students in the Self-Designed program can select electives from specialization areas that include project management, social entrepreneurship, HR management, healthcare management, and leadership. In the capstone, students use their managerial knowledge to address opportunities and challenges present in modern business settings.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

39 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Walden University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Business Administration with a Self-Designed Specialization:

In addition to 27 credits in the core and core elective curriculum, students of this MBA program must earn three credits in a capstone course and nine credits in chosen electives. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (24 credits)

  • Business Essentials
  • Dynamic Leadership
  • Managing People and Promoting Collaboration
  • Fostering a Culture of Innovation
  • Managing Business Information Systems
  • Improving Business Performance
  • Accounting for Management Decision Making
  • Marketing for Competitiveness
  • Managerial Finance

Core Elective Course (3 credits)

  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Communication for Leaders and Managers
    • Competing in the Global Economy
    • Critical Thinking for Effective Management
    • Harnessing the Power of Data and Information
    • Managing First Things First

Capstone Course (3 credits)

  • Capstone: Sustainable Business Practices and Strategies

Specialization Courses: Self-Designed (9 credits)

  • Students satisfy the nine-credit requirement through graduate-level transfer credits or completion of three courses from any of Walden University's MBA specializations

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After being awarded the MBA degree, graduates with an eye on a career in academics or research could choose to seek a doctoral degree. At the doctoral level, students might have the opportunity to learn more about organizational and leadership theories, strategic management concepts, and management research evaluation.

Doctoral degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • PhD in Management
  • PhD in Organizational Leadership
  • Doctor of Business Administration

Career Paths:

Having successfully completed the MBA - Self-Designed program, graduates might apply their managerial skills and understanding of leadership concepts in a variety of business areas. Depending on their area of interest, they might oversee business operations or processes in areas of accounting, finance, marketing, business development, human resources, IT, or project management.

Managerial careers that could be considered by graduates include:

  • Marketing manager
  • Business consultant
  • Finance manager
  • Management analyst
  • HR director

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