An MBA is a general business degree—and earning one can help you expand your knowledge in of the business field.

But what if you want an education that will not only develop your understanding of general business principles but will also deepen your skills in a particular specialty? What if you want an MBA that’s a little more tailored to your particular professional goals?

If that’s the case, then a self-designed online MBA from Capella University may be the right fit for you, says Laura Sankovich, faculty chair of Capella’s MBA program. Capella offers an MBA degree with several specializations, including Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, and Project Management, but if those don’t match your specific interests, you can select the self-designed option and customize your electives based on your interests. Among the most popular are:

  • Marketing
  • Business intelligence
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Leadership
  • Supply chain management
  • Global operations

How does it work? It’s simple: Capella’s MBA program requires students to complete roughly 11 courses and a capstone. But three of those are electives that you can choose, selecting from any eligible Capella graduate-level course.

For example, you might decide to create a self-designed MBA with a focus on leadership, conferring with your academic advisor to select elective courses that prepare you to see the big picture, strategize and find solutions, and lead teams. You’ll gain the foundational knowledge you need to succeed in business as well as a more fine-tuned understanding of your specialty topic.

“If you want to concentrate in a particular area and know where you can apply your degree, the self-designed MBA might be the best choice for you.” Sankovich says.

See how you can get the most out of your MBA program by tailoring it to your specific areas of interest with Capella’s self-designed option, which is available in FlexPath and GuidedPath learning formats.

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