Online MBA Specialization

When you receive an MBA, you want to know that your degree is applicable to the industry or career path that means the most to you. After all, graduates have spent months and years going through the process of passing every course before they complete the full degree. Generalization is for undergraduate degrees, and that is wonderful. A bachelor’s in business provides a foundation that allows for specific training. You can then build on that foundation by choosing a concentration when you begin an MBA. Some MBA specialty areas include, but are not limited to:


International Business

Many MBA programs offer this as a specialization. In fact, many are designed to include an optional trip to foreign countries. Even if you intend to stay and study in the Hawaiian Islands, this might be a great choice. After all, Hawaii necessarily imports and exports many items to maintain a contemporary standard for its citizens.


Supply Chain Management

Again, since Hawaii imports and exports so much, you’ll likely be highly-sought when you have master level knowledge of cutting-edge supply chain software and theories of logistics. With this degree, you can work in warehousing or in an office setting; alumni from these programs are real leaders in their field.


Human Resources

Hiring a great team begins with HR professionals who know how to find and lure talent. While it may seem easy to lure people to Hawaii’s tropical life, many will want to remain elsewhere where they have easier access to the other contiguous 48 states. Further, firms need HR people who know how to structure compensation packages in ways that please employees while remaining within budgetary cost constraints.


Accounting

Accounting is a popular concentration for MBA candidates who also want to add CPA credentials to their resume. If this is the route for you, make sure you consult Hawaii’s current standards for CPA candidates before you apply. There are very specific academic standards that you must meet to qualify to even take the CPA licensing exam.

Percentage of students enrolled in online programs in Hawaii

Top Employers in Hawaii

Company Industry Headquarters City Number of Employees
Hawaii State Department of Education Education Honolulu 13,000
Altres Industrial Consultants Honolulu 10,000+
Hawaii Health Systems Corp Health Honolulu 4,000+
Queen’s Medical Center Health Honolulu 3,600
Kapiolani Medical Ctr Health Honolulu 1,500+

Hawaii Pacific University

HPU is an AACSB-certified MBA program that allows you the flexibility for online learning. HPU offers an MBA, but you can also choose from a list of seven concentrations:


Organizational Change and Development

this concentration looks at areas such as innovation, organizational structures, and leadership to create a concentration that will form the foundation for your work as a consultant or an outside-the-box manager in your current firm.


Marketing

you’ll expand your knowledge of market research, advertising management, and international marketing, among other areas. This concentration includes the option for paid and unpaid internships.


Management

with a focus on international business management, you’ll be poised to lead. This focus area is especially worthwhile if you wish to expand on your business dealings in Japan.


International Business

Hawaii is geographically poised to be a huge center for global business. This focus area provides a redux of every major MBA topic through the lens of international commerce.


Information Systems

from project management to systems architecture and everything in between, this specialization will make you a vital part of any firm’s growth and development.


Human Resource Management

sustainable human systems, compensation, and OSHA concerns are just the tip of the iceberg in this specialty. After all, every firm relies on its people to make a profit, so your expertise will be invaluable.


Finance

international finance, derivatives trading, and estate planning comprise a wide spectrum. With this specialty you could end up managing your firm’s investment portfolio or creating on your own as a financial planner for Hawaii’s savvy investors. If your firm is considering broadening its scope with mergers or acquisitions, this is an important specialization for you. Be careful, though: your bonus check might be too large!


Though Hawaii has a limited landmass, it has two top-notch online programs to choose between. Make sure you do thorough research and arrange a visit to the campuses, if possible. Since both are in Honolulu, you can possibly visit both on the same day. Nonetheless, with an MBA, you’ll be poised to lead Hawaii through the 21st century. Aloha!

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