Let’s revisit the aforementioned specialization of marketing analytics. Marketing analytics is a hot, sought-after focus that provides a major opportunity for students seeking an edge in the workforce. While this specialization targets a specific aspect of marketing, much of the content needed for a degree in marketing analytics could fall under the larger umbrellas of business, marketing, or communication.

By first identifying existing programs with potentially overlapping curriculum, the arduous task of implementing a new program simply becomes a matter of introducing a new concentration. Thus, an MBA with a concentration in Marketing Analytics is born.

Myriad Benefits for Time, Budget and Marketing

This approach features many benefits. The first and most obvious benefit is the reduced strain on both faculty and financial resources. While a new program might require ground-up instructional design for a large number of credit hours, a new concentration would incorporate existing coursework and reduce the number of new courses needed.

As opposed to a new program which might require an entirely new faculty, the few new courses may either be absorbed by existing faculty members or require only a small number of new hires. The reduced number of new courses also adds expedience to the process, and new concentrations can be ready to execute in a matter of months.

Another benefit of the concentration approach is expanded access to new markets. With the addition of a few concentrations, institutions can open an MBA program to students interested in related subjects such as marketing analytics, HR analytics, business intelligence, and more. And by adding concentrations related those subjects, institutions can cast a wider net with their marketing efforts by capitalizing on key search phrases. Terms like “Master’s in HR”, “HR Analytics Master’s”, and “Master’s in Marketing Analytics” now all lead to landing pages for each concentration of the existing MBA program.

In this way, the new concentration not only mitigates the pressure on instructional design and resources, but it also unlocks a number of marketing opportunities.

Undoubtedly, there are occasions when it makes sense to implement new academic programs. Whether you’ve shifted the aims of your strategic vision or added departments, centers, or colleges to your institution, you may best reach your goals with new programs. The concentration approach, however, provides an expedient and low-cost alternative for those looking to cater to new markets and new disciplines.

About the Author:

Cherron Hoppes is the Chief Academic Officer at Helix Education. http://www.helixeducation.com/ She holds a doctorate of education (Ed.D.) from The University of Alabama with a specialization in higher education administration.

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