Electives

You’ll come to Hult with unique personal goals, and your electives, which comprise about a fifth of your curriculum, will help you meet those objectives. Use your electives to create a specialized degree, study what most interests you, or even learn about the technologies shaping our future.

Specializations: Take three electives in the same subject to earn a specialization

In your final two modules, study the courses that most interest you from a wide range of topics. Complete three elective courses in one subject to earn a specialization. Or, simply take the courses that most interest you across subjects for a specialization in General Management. 

My family business in Japan was very successful at home, but I wanted to grow it globally.After my MBA at Hult,I started a company in Boston dedicated to selling my family business’ medical supplies around the world. Now we have customers in North America, Asia, and Europe, and I’m looking forward to breaking into the Latin American market.

Yukiko Teshima

CEO, Teshima International Corporation Japan, MBA Class of 2009

MBA student in Boston with his laptop
MBA student in Boston with his laptop

Marketing

Focus your studies on international marketing to grow an existing global brand—or create one of your own. Gain specialized skills in market research, branding, consumer behavior, sales, and new product development. These combined business and marketing skills prepare graduates for a wide array of careers that go beyond traditional functional marketing.

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Finance

Give yourself the competitive edge in the world of finance. Designed with input from Fortune 1000 CFOs, leading academics, and a broad range of finance professionals, this specialization provides broad exposure to areas such as corporate finance as well as developing your analytical and interpretive skills— crucial no matter what finance career path you choose.

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Family Business

Learn how to leverage the complex interpersonal dynamics of family businesses to expand the company, take your business global, and deliver growth while still maintaining an entrepreneurial culture. Explore strategies for management succession, and develop a broad set of leadership, finance, marketing, and management skills which will enable you to formulate strategies for your family business.

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Entrepreneurship

Got a great idea for a startup? Acquire all the knowledge, tools, and mentorship you need to start your own organization. You can further focus your studies in social entrepreneurship by gaining knowledge of how to navigate social and political issues, as well as a full understanding of how to make change happen. (Note: Since many of your professors are successful and busy entrepreneurs themselves, some of these classes might be conducted online.)

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Project Management

Strong project management can mean the difference between businesses that thrive and those that fail. This specialization will equip you with the technical and people skills required to manage major projects for multinationals, family businesses, and NGOs. It is designed to give you the wide range of skills necessary for planning, organizing, securing, and managing resources to meet business objectives.

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Business Analytics

In a world of increasing information and big data overload, employers actively seek candidates who have the ability to translate data into actionable solutions. Specialize in business analytics to equip yourself with the analytical and business capabilities needed to translate data statistics and analysis into action.

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Need help customizing your program?

Talk to us to discuss how you can customize your program to suit your professional goals.

Nano Courses in Disruptive Technologies 

1-credit electives in the technologies changing our future.

Our new and innovative nano courses give you the option to enroll in a number of elective courses designed to teach you about the disruptive technologies most dramatically influencing tomorrow’s business landscape. These courses are shorter—which is why we call them "nano." You can take three nano courses in place of a standard-length elective course.

Understand the forces of disruption

Our nano courses offer the opportunity to understand the technologies that are driving exponential change in the world—and their potential impact on business and life. Each nano course has been built in conjunction with a world-renowned industry expert and covers the basics of how the technology works, its potential applications, the major players driving the technology, the likely development timeline, and the key issues which need to be overcome for the full potential to be realized.

A self-led approach

Nano courses are self-led online courses which you can take in place of regular electives. Each course covers a different disruptive technology and is designed to help you explore how that technology could impact the future. You’ll demonstrate your learning through coursework, which will be assessed by a professor. You can take three nano courses in place of one regular elective course.

Position yourself for the future

You don’t build a business for where the world is today, you build a business for where the world will be tomorrow. Understanding the latest developments in technology will help you anticipate how the world may change over time and how consumer behavior may change. For example, did you know that autonomous vehicles may radically impact real estate prices?

Sample disruptive technology nano courses

– 3D Printing
– Autonomous Vehicles
– AI & Machine Learning
– Robotics
– Genome Editing
– Drones
– Blockchain
– Virtual & Augmented Reality
– Internet of Things
– Solar Power & Energy Storage