Professional MBA: Strategy

A career in strategic planning involves helping a corporation design a path to growth and profitability amidst competition and constant change. The strategic planner's role consists of helping the organization to gather, analyze, and organize information. They track industry and competitive trends, develop forecasting models and scenario analysis, examine strategic performance, spot emerging market opportunities, identify business threats, look for novel strategic solutions, and develop creative action plans. Strategic planning involves understanding what the organization’s current strategy is, what has been tried in the past, and what it will be in the future.

Please note that the Katz Graduate School of Business requires students pursuing a concentration in Strategy to select a second area of concentration. Strategy may not stand alone as a sole area of concentration.

Katz alumni research shows that MBA students who choose the Strategy concentration are hired in the following areas:

  • Management Consulting
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship


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Basic Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements before filling out an online application:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. university, as determined by the Commission on Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation, or the non-U.S. equivalent.

  • Official and satisfactory GMAT (600 or higher) or GRE (high 150s in each section).
  • TOEFL (100 or higher) or IELTS (7 or higher).

The Application

The following information and components are necessary to advance in the application process:

  • Online Application. Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed.

  • Application Fee
  • Two Recommendations
  • Essay Responses
  • Current Resume
  • Transcripts and Other Academic Documents
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

Evaluative Interview

Applicants may be asked to participate in our evaluative interview process upon initial review by the MBA admissions committee. Interviews are conducted on campus, off campus, or via Skype if is not possible to meet in person. We regret that we cannot conduct telephone interviews. Details are provided in the interview invitation.

Rolling Admissions Information

The Admissions Committee reviews applications for the Professional MBA program on a rolling basis, with three entry points during the year. To be guaranteed consideration for a given entry, we must receive your application and all component parts by the following deadline dates.

Application Deadlines Decision Notification
July 1 (for August entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
November 1 (for January entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application
March 1 (for May entry) Decisions will be sent out within 3 weeks of the submission of your complete application