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, an open-source platform for statistical computing that enables them to do some remarkable things. This course of study prepares graduates for careers as product developers, marketing analysts, pricing analysts, entrepreneurs and consultants among others.
The energy industry is the largest one in the world, 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.
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 MBA finance concentration explores topics such as investments, valuation, fixed-income analytics, derivatives, and risk management. Students complement their classroom knowledge with experiential learning. This includes conducting equity research and writing investment reports on actual companies (Burkenroad Reports), and 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.
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.