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Should You Choose a Concentration for Your MBA?

Should You Choose a Concentration for Your MBA?

Man standing in front of business meetingIf you’ve already decided to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, your next decision will be whether to complete a generalist MBA or customize your degree with a concentration. There are pros and cons for both, and the answer to your decision will depend on your career goals and interests.

Below are some things to carefully consider when choosing between a generalist MBA or an MBA with a concentration.


Why Choose an MBA Concentration?

  • If you’re interested in a specific area of business, a concentration will give you in-depth, targeted knowledge in that field. Focused knowledge is ideal when you know the field you want to pursue.
  • A concentration allows you to tailor your MBA to your interests and goals. Your MBA experience will be exactly what you want it to be.
  • Since it is focused on one area, you can increase your specific skills rather than acquire broad knowledge in several fields.
  • You will have a competitive edge for positions if you have focused study in that field. An employer will recognize that you will have specific expertise and a passion for the field.

 Why Choose a Generalist MBA?

  • If you haven’t yet selected a specific field you want to pursue, or if you have interests in more than one field, a generalist MBA will give you broad knowledge across all areas of business.
  • You will develop business skills and knowledge that can be applied to a variety of fields.
  • Along with business and management, generalist MBA programs focus on leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills, which are essential to succeed in any field.
  • A generalist MBA can help you throughout your career, even if you change fields.


Along with a generalist Master of Business Administration program, Cedarville University offers five in-demand online MBA concentrations, and each is practical, convenient, and interactive and will equip you to be a leader who will engage the critical business needs of our day with competence and conviction. Choose from:

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