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MBA Specialization – Shaping the NYU Stern at NYU Abu Dhabi MBA Experience



A Master of Business Administration (MBA) specialization can offer an educational and professional advantage to students from the Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the broader Middle East and North Africa region, and by synchronizing a student’s specialist academic interests with a defined career goal, post-graduate employment opportunities can be expanded and realized.

In support of the UAE’s commitment to deliver a transformative educational experience that opens doors to diverse and impactful career paths, the NYU Stern School of Business and NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have partnered to offer a first-of-its-kind MBA – the Stern at NYUAD One-year Full-time MBA Program.

Designed to professionally progress students from the Arabian Gulf and beyond in a multidisciplinary manner, this MBA offers a core curriculum that is augmented by specializations and electives. These cater to a broad spectrum of career aspirations, ensuring that program graduates are well-positioned for success in the ever-evolving business landscape.

Dedicated to developing a regional talent pipeline, the Stern at NYUAD MBA’s subject area specializations will form an essential part of the overall educational experience, with students given the option to choose electives that allow them to pursue a specialization in up to two subject areas.

Stern at NYUAD will offer specializations in the following areas:

  • Business Analytics
  • Finance
  • Leadership, Management, and Strategy
  • Marketing
  • Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

MBA Specializations Overview

The specializations and electives at Stern at NYUAD have been developed to build practical knowledge and professional confidence, and by choosing up to two specializations students can tailor their MBA curriculum to meet their specific areas of interest.

Business Analytics: This specialization teaches the use of data and models to extract insights and make data driven decisions in business. Students learn how to model such relationships, including but not limited to the impact of advertising on sales, how historical data predict stock returns, and how changes in project task characteristics can influence time to completion.

Finance: This specialization offers insight into how financial markets function and provides the necessary knowledge and technical skills for students seeking positions in industry, financial institutions, government, or nonprofit organizations.

Leadership, Management, and Strategy: This specialization helps students develop their leadership potential and their understanding of the strategic challenges, techniques, and burdens associated with growing, competing, and prospering in the marketplace. Students will gain an overall understanding of the management process of both large and small companies, coupled with the individual skills and advanced strategic thinking necessary to serve as senior managers of business units or entire organizations.

Marketing: This specialization prepares students to understand and apply the marketing perspective. This involves problem-solving approaches for matching the market mix (products, services, distribution, advertising and pricing) to the demand of market segments, e.g., consumers, within the context of competitors, intermediaries, facilitators, mass media, and government.

Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: This specialization equips students with the tools and concepts necessary to identify new business opportunities and implement them, whether in startups or existing companies. Further, it prepares entrepreneurially-minded students with a valuable understanding of what it is like to work in venture capital, private equity, social entrepreneurship, and small businesses. Students will also develop the ability to create, test, and deploy innovative ideas in technology-enabled businesses.

In Summary

The Stern at NYUAD One-year Full-time MBA degree program is grounded in business fundamentals including finance, management, and accounting; and is reinforced by specializations and electives that are designed to develop responsible leadership, critical thinking, and analytical skills.

A top program in UAE for an MBA education, this Master of Business Administration will prepare Emirati, regional, and international students to tackle business and society’s most pressing problems, thrive in a rapidly changing business environment, and to advance their careers.

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