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Career Outlook: Online Master of Business Administration

Your Career after Widener

As a Widener online MBA student, you can continue working full time while you pursue your graduate degree. Our flexible online MBA program allows busy professionals to earn their masters degrees without sacrificing work or family time. Join a diverse class of students learning skills that can be immediately put to use, and leave prepared to drive change, lead organizations, and act as responsible citizen leaders in our global society.

Prepared with a focus on personal, team, process, organizational, and financial performance excellence, you will have opportunities to work for a vast range of industries including health care, financial services, chemical, pharmaceutical, and defense, among others.

When you leave Widener with an in-depth understanding of the human side of business, you will have the skills necessary to promote motivation, cultivate innovation, and foster commitment among staff members. Regardless of what field you work in, your leadership expertise will enable you to inspire people at your company to be and do their best.

Growing Opportunities in Unique Specializations

Our MBA program offers a comprehensive general business track from an institution renowned for developing civic leaders. Additionally, you may choose to concentrate in one of two unique and growing areas of business: health care management and business process innovation.

Business Process Innovation - Master a process-centric approach toward leadership with the Business Process Innovation concentration. Focus on strategies that improve customer responsiveness and reduce business costs. Discover the many ways that modern business technologies can be used to connect a company with its customers. Learn how to support and nurture your staff as a servant leader. You will be equipped with applications across management, consultant, and analyst roles such as:

  • Business process analyst
  • Business-IT liaison
  • Business process manager
  • Project manager
  • Information systems designer
  • Database & data security specialist

Business process innovation and management roles are experiencing rapidly accelerating demand as organizations work to improve efficiency and keep costs down. As you ponder whether business process innovation course of study is best for you, consider the following statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • The number of management analyst positions (which includes business process innovation experts) is expected to increase by 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.1
  • The 2012 median annual wage for management analysts was $78,600.

Health Care Management - Health care accounts for over 13 million United States jobs and counting. It is one of the fastest growing fields in our nation, and it will employ more people than any other industry in the next ten years. Over the next decade, the demand for qualified leaders in the healthcare industry will continue to grow. Choosing the Health Care Management concentration means choosing a professional field with tremendous job opportunities.

Health care managers are responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating a variety of services related to health care, from keeping records to organizing insurance data. This means that they have to be aware of changes to applicable laws and regulations, as well as make sure they are choosing and making the best use of new technology. Throughout Widener’s Health Care Management concentration, students build upon their natural talents for relationship management, servant leadership, and communication. They also learn how to leverage those vital skills to improve and streamline business processes.

Our Health Care Management concentration can swiftly prepare you for a successful health care career, even if you lack prior health care experience. You don’t have to go to medical school to lead a team of medical professionals. Upon graduation from the Health Care Management concentration, you can secure a variety of roles and positions, such as:

  • Director of health information management
  • Health care administrator
  • Health care services manager

Salaries in this field can vary according to the type and size of each health care facility. For example, one professional association found that in 2011, median compensation for administrators was:

  • $87,862 in practices with six or fewer physicians
  • $126,478 in practices with 7 to 25 physicians
  • $148,604 in practices with 26 or more physicians2

Grow Your Business Career with Widener

With a strong focus on social responsibility, the liberal arts, thriving areas of concentration, and close relationships with industry partners (including but not limited to DuPont, Accenture, Pfizer, and Kimberly-Clark), an online MBA from Widener will enhance your leadership potential.

Call a Program Manager at 1-844-386-7321 or click here to request a free program brochure.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Health Services Managers, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/medical-and-health-services-managers.htm (visited April 1, 2015).

2Medical Group Management Association, Administrator Median Total Compensation. Data from MGMA Management Compensation Survey: 2012 Report Based on 2011 Data. Available at http://www.mgma.com (accessed April 1, 2015).