Management Concentrations

Each student must select an area of concentration. The concentration consists of 5 classes for a total of 15 credits.

Financial Technology (FinTech)

What is Financial Technology about?

Financial Technology (FinTech) is a rapidly growing subsector of the financial services industry, which involves the application of new technologies including software tools, networking, user experience and interface platforms, and modern modeling and analytical techniques to improve the efficiency and deployment of traditional financial services. The rapid increase in the quantity, variety, and availability of new data and information sources has fundamentally changed legacy business practices in the financial services industry. Big data creates an increasing market need for talents who utilize new technologies and innovations to understand hidden patterns in investor habits and market behaviors as well as assist managers in making informed data-driven decisions. The requisite skillset required to process and analyze such information has resulted in considerable demand for staff with software development, mathematical and statistical modeling, and practical problem solving expertise. New financial technologies include, but are not limited to, crypto-currencies (e.g., bitcoin), blockchain, cloud computing, retail banking automation, machine learning and deep learning,  automated investment advisement, algorithmic trading, and risk management framework development and associated visualization tools.

Who is it for?

Professionals who are interested who are interested in applying modern tools to improve financial activities, design new applications, processes, products or business models related to financial services. Typically, students who undertake the FinTech concentration have obtained undergraduate degrees in Engineering, Technology, Finance or the applied sciences and are seeking a career focused on applying technical tools for the development of new financial services.

Where Can It Take Me?

There are various career paths one may pursue after completing the FinTech concentration.  In particular, careers in finance, technology, and entrepreneurship such as investment banking, international finance, commercial banking, sales and trading, information technology, social entrepreneurship, etc. are vocations within the scope of this program. Graduates may work for FinTech startups as well which concentrate in cryptocurrency management and trading, blockchain technologies including smart contracts, open banking, insurtech, Robo-advisement, machine learning and data mining applications and cybersecurity. Some may work for traditional financial services companies, which are in need of staff with technical skillsets to improve existing business practices and/or develop new processes related to technological innovations. 

Global Project Management

What is Global Project Management about?

The Global Project Management specialization is focused on Manufacturing, Construction, Supply Chain, and Business Process Management. The areas include the expertise of the engineering resource planning function such as Production Planning, Global Project Planning, Engineering Management, and Construction Planning and Control.

Who is it for?

Professionals who are interested in the field of complex Project Management, relationship facilitation and coordination between project teams and customers, and harmonizing the demands among project scope, time, expenditures and quality of the end product. Many students who select Global Project Management have undergraduate degrees in International Business, Civil Engineering, and Architecture, and are seeking a career focused more on corporate and project management fields.

Where Can It Take Me?

Career tracks begin with managing focused projects and leading to work on larger international and national projects. Global Project Management professionals would then transition into managerial roles and run Operations departments. Sustained career progress tracks to the COO position.

 

Business Analytics 

What is Business Analytics?

The Business Analytics specialization is focused on business development, solutions, product development and analysis of the customer requirements. Prized skills include expertise in business forecasting, project costing and accounting, business development, and structured solutions to customer complex business problems.

Who is it for?

Candidates who are interested in business solutions, consultation, business development and strategies, and infrastructure and planning management. Many students who select business analytics have undergraduate degrees in Engineering, Technology, and Applied Science and are seeking a career focused on business solutions development and management.

Where Can It Take Me?

The career track begins with managing focused projects as business analysts with technological, solution provider, governmental, and non-profit organizations. Business analysts then transition into managerial roles and lead business development teams. Sustained career progress tracks to the director of operations, COO and CTO.

 

Web Systems and Media 

What is Web Systems and Media?

The Web Systems and Media specialization is focused on the development of a revolutionized way of web applications and social media applications. They include expertise in marketing strategies, front end – user experience analysis, SEO (Search Engine Optimization) management, and working closely with development teams for final product design.

Who is it for?

Candidates who are interested in web development, graphics development, media and journalism, and online marketing strategy development. Many students who select Web Systems and Media have undergraduate degrees in Information Technology, Computer Science, Journalism, Graphic design, and professional and technical communications.

Where Can It Take Me?

The career track begins with work on focused projects as front end developer or content developer supporting web development teams. Web Systems and Media professionals then move into managerial roles, leading project development teams. Sustained career progress tracks to project lead and CTO.