Professional MBA Specializations & Concentrations | A. B. Freeman School of Business

Professional MBA Concentrations & Specializations

In addition to developing a common body of knowledge in practical business matters, students in the PMBA program are able to complete a concentration or specialization in select fields. While no concentration or specialization is required, these options provide students the opportunity to create a program that meets more specific academic and career goals.


A new form of competition permeates today's business world, one that is based on the use of data analytics to support decision-making. In the MBA job market, it is important to have mastered the skills required to operate in this new data-intensive world. The analytics MBA concentration gives Tulane students the skills they need to transform large data sets into actionable knowledge. Courses include financial modeling, modeling and analytics, econometrics and forecasting, research and analytics, and advanced spreadsheet modeling.  Students will also learn R, the industry standard software for statistical computing and graphics that enables them to manipulate and display data. This course of study prepares graduates for careers as product developers, marketing analysts, pricing analysts, entrepreneurs and consultants among others.


The energy industry is one of the world's largest, with ample opportunities for those with the right skills and experiences. Students learn about the business of energy with coursework encompassing finance, asset valuation and analysis, risk management and trading. A trading floor simulator gives students hands-on knowledge of what traders look for when making investment decisions. Graduates with this MBA concentration often choose careers at energy companies, specialist security firms, banks and investment firms, consulting companies and trading companies.

Entrepreneurial Hospitality

New Orleans’ long history of hospitality and Freeman’s strength in entrepreneurship come together to create a living, learning laboratory where students will develop distinctive, market-relevant and high-value skills in one of the world's fastest growing industries. This concentration will provide students an exceptional, immersive education in a hotbed of hospitality, preparing them to address the new emphasis on customer service in traditional hospitality industries and beyond.  Through courses in product design, entrepreneurship and strategic consulting, our faculty will provide a broad grounding in business principles from a variety of disciplines so you can face critical challenges in entrepreneurial and hospitality ventures.


Students enrolled in Tulane's entrepreneurship MBA concentration can choose to focus on early-stage venture creation (founding a company), second-stage growth (working with early-stage companies) and venture finance. Whichever track they choose, students will gain practical, applicable knowledge about strategy, management and operations in fast-growing businesses. Options for independent study are available for students who wish to focus on a particular business segment. The city of New Orleans, which has emerged as an entrepreneurial hub in recent years, provides a backdrop to this course of study, and students gain real-world experience through Freeman's Albert Lepage Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Coursework in the finance concentration explores topics such as investments, valuation, fixed-income analytics, derivatives and risk management. Students complement their classroom knowledge with experiential learning, which may include conducting equity research and writing investment reports on actual companies (Burkenroad Reports), or participating in a student-managed mutual fund (Darwin Fenner). Tulane finance MBAs typically pursue careers in corporate finance, asset management, hedge fund investment, venture capital, private equity, private banking and financial consulting at banks and investment firms or in the finance departments of large corporations.

Real Estate

A concentration in real estate allows students to capitalize on Freeman's strengths in finance and apply that knowledge to the growing field of real estate.  Through courses in real estate planning, finance, investment and development, students will learn to make decisions in a changing market, evaluate risk and negotiate tax legislation. Experiential learning opportunities include writing a research report about a real estate company in the Burkenroad Reports or learning about all phases of the development process, from inception of an idea through construction completion and property management, from an industry practitioner.  

Strategic Management and Leadership

The strategic management and leadership MBA concentration helps students develop their leadership potential and their understanding of the management processes of both large and small organizations. Coursework focuses on developing knowledge to make corporate decisions, manage new technologies and innovations, strategically manage talent and handle different types of negotiations. Cases, experiential class activities and discussions with industry professionals provide a necessary foundation for tomorrow's business leaders. This MBA concentration is especially helpful for students who plan careers in general management, management consulting and entrepreneurship.