MBA Academics Concentrations


MBA - Academics - Concentrations


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. There are no limits on the number of concentrations a student may earn, as long as student is able to satisfy the academic requirements for each of the concentrations applied for. Note: Concentrations are not listed on the transcript, only the Management Science Specialization is listed on the transcript.

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: Marc Lipson

  • 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.  This concentration should be of interest to students with professional interests in corporate finance (including CFO type responsibilities, internal M&A groups, strategic planning, business development, and treasury and cash management), investment banking (capital raising, deal structuring, and M&A advisory), commercial banking and financial services, consulting in financial services, and a wide range of other management positions that require advanced understanding of finance.

    Faculty contact: Marc Lipson

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    The entrepreneurship and innovation concentration prepares students to manage the innovation process, understand critical issues for multiple stakeholders in the context of innovation, and provide skills that are essential to managing uncertainty and ambiguity.  Whether in a startup or established organizational context, this series of courses will provide insight into the challenges, methods, and best practices for creating novel and useful innovations.  

    Faculty contact: Bobby Parmar

  • Marketing

    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, Not for Profits (NFPs), 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

  • Strategy Consulting

    This MBA concentration area is intended to immerse students in the consulting process and to help them identify and deepen the skill sets necessary for success in that role.

    Faculty contact: Jared Harris

  • 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: Doug Thomas

Theme Track Concentrations

  • Business Analytics

    The Business Analytics concentration will prepare students to participate in organizations that make abundant use of data/quantitative/mathematical techniques ("data science") as part of the their business processes. We expect completion of this concentration to be a useful signal to potential employers of the analytic and quantitative abilities of the student.  

    Faculty contact: Robert Carraway

  • Environment, Social and Governance

    The ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) Concentration prepares students to manage the complex society dynamics that impact business and to understand the critical issues facing multiple stakeholders. From impact investing to corporate sustainability to business-government relations, the ESG Concentration provides the essential skills for managing in today’s business environment. This series of courses will provide insight into the challenges, methods, and best practices for creating value for business stakeholders. The concentration is well suited for students seeking diverse careers in general management, brand management, consulting, investing, technology, and entrepreneurship.

    Faculty contact: Carolyn Miles