Concentration Electives

Western Michigan University MBA students choose three elective courses and can pursue a concentration elective, if desired. Students choose from aviation, computer information systems, finance, general business, health care, international business, management or marketing. Transcripts for students who complete the concentration requirements will indicate the concentration discipline.

  • Students who take three electives from more than one discipline (e.g., one elective in finance and two in management) will achieve a general business MBA.
  • Transcripts for students who take all three electives from the same discipline will indicate a concentration in that discipline.
  • Students pursuing a concentration in marketing must take MKTG 6710 as one of the three electives.
  • Students are considered general business MBA until they notify the MBA advisor of a selected concentration. This is an important step to ensure your area of concentration is indicated on your transcripts.

Students are encouraged to complete at least four of the eight required business context  and functional core courses before taking electives. Note: Students interested in a marketing concentration must take MKTG 6710 as one of the three electives. Please consult the online catalog for descriptions of the courses in each concentration. To discuss electives or concentrations, please email Barb Caras-Tomczak, MBA advisor. 

Course descriptions are available in the online catalog.


  • ACTY 6100—Financial Accounting and Reporting Credits: 3 hours
  • ACTY 6170—Attestation and Assurance Services Credits: 3 hours
  • ACTY 6210—International Accounting Credits: 3 hours
  • ACTY 6220—Seminar in Management Accounting Credits: 3 hours
  • ACTY 6240—Business Tax Planning Credits: 3 hours
  • ACTY 6270—Accounting Fraud Credits: 3 hours
  • ACTY 6280—Financial Statement Analysis Credits: 3 hours
  • ACTY 6430—Special Topics in Accountancy I Credits: 3 hours


  • AVS 6290—Global Aviation Management and Policies
  • AVS 5100—Safety Management Systems
  • AVS 6270—Airline Supply Chain Management


  • BUS 6960—Study Abroad Seminar

Computer information systems

  • CIS 5550—Topics in Computer Information Systems
  • CIS 6000—Seminar in Computer Information Systems
  • CIS 6300—Business Data Management
  • CIS 6400—Business Analytics
  • CIS 6620—Business Project Management
  • CIS 6640—Predictive Analytics and Data Mining
  • CIS 6660—Enterprise Information Security Management


  • FIN 5530—Student Managed Investment Fund
  • FIN 6190—Financial Markets and Institutions
  • FIN 6219—Essentials of Health Care Financial Management
  • FIN 6220—Financial Restructuring
  • FIN 6250—Financial Strategy
  • FIN 6420—International Finance
  • FIN 6450—Computer Applications in Finance
  • FIN 6540—Investment Analysis and Management
  • FIN 6910—Seminar in Finance
  • FIN 6980—Readings and Research and Finance

Health care

Contact the MBA office for options.


  • LAW 6980—Readings and Research in Law


  • MGMT 5050—Strategy for Buying and Operating a Small Business
  • MGMT 6000—Seminar in Management (Topic)
  • MGMT 6100—International Management
  • MGMT 6200—ERP System Configuration
  • MGMT 6410—Business Venturing
  • MGMT 6500—Managing Change
  • MGMT 6580—International Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 6800—Management of Innovation and Technology


  • MKTG 6610—Healthcare Marketing
  • MKTG 6630—Electronic Marketing
  • MKTG 6710—Applied Marketing Research
  • MKTG 6740—Integrated Marketing Communications Strategy
  • MKTG 6770—Buyer Behavior
  • MKTG 6780—Special Topics in Marketing
  • MKTG 6800—Global Sourcing and Logistics
  • MKTG 6970—Special Problems in Marketing