Business Administration
Master of Business Administration

Self-Designed MBA

Career exploration guide

This guide provides tools to help you explore careers related to this specialization. Use this information to start researching this field and the opportunities in it. This research can help you make a transition into positions related to this field. Start by gaining an overview of this program and learning about the field, jobs, and employment settings that are related.

About this Specialization

The MBA Self-Designed specialization provides an introduction to foundational business disciplines including leadership, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, strategy, and business analytics. Learners in this specialization are able to incorporate courses in a variety of disciplines to meet individual interests and needs.

Skills gained through this specialization:

This specialization was designed to help you gain the following skills related to this field:

  • Apply foundational knowledge and an understanding of business systems, processes, and technology within and across core disciplines
  • Integrate information across disciplines and from differing perspectives
  • Think critically and analytically to provide evidence-based solutions to business challenges and opportunities
  • Apply innovative, strategic, and sustainable approaches to business practice and planning
  • Lead and collaborate in virtual, global and culturally diverse environments
  • Integrate principles of ethics and integrity into business decisions
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in a business environment

Explore this Field

Professional associations, social networks, and other industry-specific resources can provide a wealth of information about a specific field or industry, including best practices, career overviews, trends, and access to industry professionals. By reviewing website information, attending events, and connecting with people in the field, you can deepen your knowledge about the field. 

Professional Associations

Industry Information

Explore Jobs and Employers

In addition to exploring the field, take some time to research specific jobs and employment settings related to this program. Consider how these jobs and settings fit with your experience, skills, interests, and values. This is a sample list of job titles and employment settings related to this field. To learn more, review job postings and talk with people who have these roles or work in these settings. You can find these professionals through LinkedIn, family, friends, schools, employers, and community groups. Spend time researching your industry and prospective employers to decide whether this type of degree will help advance your career.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Marketing manager
  • Product marketing manager
  • Director of marketing
  • Senior financial analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Account manager
  • Director of finance
  • Sales manager/director
  • Human resources manager/director
  • Project manager
  • Vice president of operations
  • C-level officer (CEO, CFO, CLO, COO)

Employment settings to explore

  • Health care organization
  • Bank
  • Financial services organization
  • Manufacturing organization
  • Consulting firm
  • Insurance agency
  • Software publisher
  • College or university
  • Community or technical college

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Job Boards

This is a sample of jobs boards with positions related to this field. Use them in your research to identify additional job titles, common hiring requirements, and local employers. 

Further Exploration

There are a lot of factors that influence whether a career is a fit or not. These can include monetary compensation, benefits, work environment, organization culture, work/life balance, etc. As you consider your career, think about what is important to you in your employer, role, and setting. These resources can help you perform this additional exploration.

For a more detailed guide on career exploration, review Capella’s Career Exploration YouTube series that helps you identify what is important to you in your career and how that aligns with the world of work. 


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