Percentage of students enrolled in online programs in Minnesota

Although many MBA students attend classes on campus, over a quarter do their degree work completely online. Here’s a breakdown of the attendance for both grad students and undergrads:

MBA Concentrations

Sustainability

Companies are becoming more and more interested in being environmentally responsible and energy efficient in their day-to-day operations. They do this by introducing and maintaining climate change protocols and environmental regulations into the corporate structure.


Information Systems

Businesses need to integrate IT with key accounting and financial processes while creating efficient business processes. This is especially needed in the medical industry as they move to online records and advanced security protocols.


Healthcare Administration

This concentration covers all the operational aspects of healthcare management, including top level administrative positions. It also teaches the operational and business aspects of healthcare including insurance companies, long term care facilities, and pharmaceutical corporations.


Supply Chain

This concentration covers management of the production lines, from raw materials to finished goods, and delivery to the consumer. The entire process is overseen by a SCO manager in every production company.


Finance

Every company needs someone with complete knowledge of financial markets and corporate finance including portfolio management, security analysis, risk management, and investment banking. An MBA in Finance also opens the door to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) positions in corporate settings.


Management

Organizations need quality leadership in diverse business settings to manage the workforce, navigate the inner politics of an organization, and implement action plans to develop new business opportunities.

Accreditation in Minnesota

One of the most important keys when choosing an MBA program is to verify your school of choice is accredited. Accreditation is used to signify whether the school has consistently met educational standards. Typically, regional accreditation is awarded to schools that are more research focused and national accreditation is given to more career-oriented schools. In Minnesota the regional accrediting agency is the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and national accreditation comes through the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which focuses on distance learning programs. Accreditation is vital because it applies directly to the school’s use of federal financial aid, as well as acceptance by most employers.

Top MBA Careers in Minnesota

Executives are in charge of an entire organization or a major section within a large corporation, such as finances or operations. They make key decisions and often oversee entire businesses.

Also known as healthcare managers, administrators are typically in charge of a hospital, long-term care facility, large clinic, or insurance company and oversee the delivery of various medical services.

These managers oversee departments within an organization and set goals for specific areas and teams to improve operations and meet regulatory standards on a consistent basis.

Computer and information system managers are in charge of the IT systems within a company and may also be charged with completing security upgrades, projecting future expansions and upgrades, and overseeing repairs so the system runs smoothly throughout the organization.

Directors of finance analyze data and oversee the budget of an organization to ensure it is meeting profit margins and reducing costs effectively. They also analyze financial statements and reports and convert them into informative material that can easily be absorbed by those not in the financial sector.

In charge of public relations, advertising, and marketing within an organization, the marketing manager ensures the corporate growth meets or exceeds projections and may be involved in budgeting, hiring, and other aspects of the business.