Finding Your Focus at Darden
Darden has long been recognized as a leading MBA program in general management (ranked No. 1 by Financial Times). The case study method and integrated core curriculum provide a thorough understanding of how all areas of a business impact one another.
But Darden students are not just strong managers and leaders — they are also expert specialists. Through electives, student shape their academic experience and hone their expertise through the wide-range of courses taught by amazing faculty. The management science specialization offers students the opportunity to enhance their quantitative and analytical focus. Concentrations provide additional guidance and structure, as well as providing a stronger signal to recruiters of students’ focus.
Management Science Specialization
For students who want to add a quantitative/analytical focus to the general management curriculum at Darden, we offer a management science specialization. This requires that students earn 12 credits from a select group of electives. This specialization carries a STEM designation, giving international students in F-1 status who meet certain requirements the possibility of 36 months of work authorization in the U.S. after graduation.
The MBA concentrations are divided into career tracks and theme tracks. MBA students may choose two from among the following:
Career Track Concentrations
Asset Management/Sales & Trading
This MBA concentration area is designed to extend the valuation principles learned in the First Year curriculum to solve complex problems faced by asset managers and sales and trading professionals. The courses expose students to a variety of different financial markets and give students a deeper understanding for how companies are valued, which are critical components for either managing a client’s funds or executing security trades.
Faculty contact: Bob Conroy
Corporate Finance/Investment Banking
This concentration is designed to extend the valuation and value creation principles learned in the First Year curriculum to the solving of complex problems faced by companies and investment banks. The courses fine tune students’ analytical skills and broaden students’ exposure to a wide range of financial and business decisions.
Faculty contact: Bob Conroy
Students fulfilling this MBA concentration will graduate with an understanding of their affinity for being entrepreneurial and an understanding of the fundamentals of effectual and causal thinking and when each is appropriate. They also graduate with a set of skills based on academic study and experiential work that allows them to be confident in starting a new venture.
Faculty contact: MJ Toms
The marketing concentration prepares students for careers in marketing by helping them understand how to manage customer relationships (e.g. in consumer packaged goods, consumer durables, consumer services, consulting firms, nonprofits, industrial goods and technology products). Through this series of courses, students will gain insight into how customer-based marketing decisions can create loyal, engaged customers.
Faculty contact: Raj Venkatesan
Supply Chain Management
This concentration gives students additional grounding in operations management concepts, develops in-depth knowledge of general management-associated supply chain management concepts and principles and builds strength in related cross-functional skills.
Faculty contact: Elliott Weiss
Theme Track Concentrations
This business analytics concentration will prepare students to participate in organizations that make abundant use of data, quantitative or mathematical techniques as part of their business processes. It is a more general version of the Market Analytics concentration. Completion of this concentration can be a useful signal to potential employers of the analytic and quantitative abilities of the student.
Faculty contact: Robert Carraway
Business Development and Growth
Sustainable success requires organizations to innovate and grow to maintain or increase profitability. Students focusing on this concentration will learn the fundamentals of managing innovation, organic growth and acquisition and integration of mergers and acquisitions.
Faculty contact: Jeanne Liedtka
Innovation for Sustainability
This concentration will provide students with:
- Knowledge about the global impacts on natural systems from rising energy and material consumption patterns
- Information regarding institutions and policy instruments that influence business operations
- Exposure to innovative processes and tools available
- Guidance on how innovative sustainability practices can increase revenues and lower costs
View a video about Darden's sustainability curriculum.
Faculty contact: Michael Lenox