An MBA in Strategy or Business Development can help students diagnose business problems and develop the best solution.
And indeed, from meeting organizational objectives to carrying out individual projects, managers need to think strategically at all levels. A handful of business schools offer specialized MBA programs in Strategy; others offer MBA specializations in Business Development, Strategic Management, and related fields. Virtually all MBA programs offer strategy courses as part of their core curriculums.
MBA grads can find strategy jobs in a wide range of industries, or can work as strategy or business development consultants. Those interested in strategy functions in consulting firms might also be interested in the best MBA programs for Consulting.
With an MBA specialization and strong ties to global strategy and consulting firms, Haas is a strong choice for strategy-minded students. The school reports that 15 percent of its MBA class of 2019 landed jobs in either strategy or business-development roles.View School Profile
For students interested in strategic management in China, the Guanghua MBA is a great option. The program offers specialized electives in subjects such as “Emerging Topics in Chinese Strategy,” which is offered in partnership with McKinsey & Company. Typically, some 8-10 percent of the school’s MBA class goes into strategic planning positions.View School Profile
HEC Paris' specialized strategy track gives students a holistic understanding of strategic thinking, covering topics such as geopolitics and sustainable development.View School Profile
With its annual Strategy Research Conference and a strong research output, Harvard has become a hub for strategy-oriented academics. The MBA curriculum offers a rich offering of strategy-related electives.View School Profile
The MBA program leverages insights from the school's well-regarded flagship master's program in Strategy and International Management.View School Profile
Although the school doesn’t offer a specialized MBA in Strategy, its MBA offers, as part of its core curriculum, classes such as “Competitive Strategy” and “Strategic Marketing and Management.” It also offers a handful of strategy courses as part of its elective selections. According to the school, in recent years, over one-quarter of HKU's MBA class have gone into functional roles in strategy, planning, or consulting.View School Profile
Some 10 percent of Cambridge’s MBA class of 2019 went into business development roles. The school offers an MBA concentration in Strategy, as well as some strategy-themed courses as part of its core curriculum.View School Profile
Fudan does not offer a specialized MBA in Strategy; however, it does include some elective courses covering topics in strategy, including “Global Strategic Marketing” and “Enterprise Development Management.” Combined, almost 16 percent of Fudan’s MBA class of 2019 went into strategy or business development roles.View School Profile
Although the school does not offer an MBA specialization area in strategy, there are plenty of strategy-oriented courses in the core curriculum, such as “Strategic Planning for International Markets” and “Strategy Implementation.” According to the school, over one-fifth of MBA grads have gone into business development roles.View School Profile
Marshall MBA students can choose to pursue strategy-oriented electives from the school’s department of management and organization. Marshall MBAs also have the option of pursing a Graduate Certificate in Strategy and Management Consulting, which covers the tools, concepts, and frameworks that will help them develop their strategic skills. Of the school’s 2018 MBA class, 16 percent went into strategic planning positions; and 6 percent went into business development roles.View School Profile
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