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It’s innovative leadership that gets organizations to the top and helps them stay there –– a fact Thomas Jefferson University knows best. At its School of Business, degrees are one thing, and programs that emphasize the importance of experience, a global outlook, and interdisciplinary excellence are another.

Jefferson excels in the latter, providing students with the cutting-edge skills and knowledge to succeed at every stage of their career. As technology, marketplace demands, and the world evolve, so do the offerings by this ACBSP accredited business school. Programs cover a wide range of topics, and each is grounded in traditional skills, yet future-focused in its own unique way.

In fact, the Innovation Master of Business Administration (iMBA) is novel in multiple ways. To start, it is a degree heralded by The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Wired Magazine for catering to the varying needs of top firms. Students who choose this degree study alongside faculty members that double as experts, in practice and research, and bring both worlds into the classroom. Many are recognized globally for their research and scholarship. Together, they prepare students to lead internationally.

The journey begins with streamlined foundation business courses that gets students from non-business backgrounds up-to-speed in just a single semester. Throughout, state-of-the-art tools such as design thinking principles emphasize the importance of questioning the status quo, discovery, experimentation, and empathy to fuel solutions for complex business problems.

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All aspirations are welcomed and accommodated by many different options for specializations in Jefferson’s iMBA. While a strong base nurtures professionals, the chance to specialize develops experts.

Students could learn to make innovative decisions with the Business Analytics concentration. Prepare for the CPA exam with the Accounting concentration. Fast track a career as a financial analyst with the CFA prep-based Finance concentration. Choose the Marketing concentration to understand consumer behavior better and analyze markets.

Develop the specialized skills to accelerate your climb up the leadership ladder with the Leadership concentration. Understand the economic, social, and physical issues inherent in sustainable real estate and land-use development with the Real Estate Development concentration.

With the iMBA, it’s clear traditional routes abound, but so do pathways into the future.

Those up-to-date on breaking news will know it doesn’t get more topical than the Biopharmaceutical Commercialization concentration. This route builds careers in the biopharma industry while shedding light on the commercialization of advanced medicines, cell and gene therapies, recombinant vaccines, and monoclonal antibodies.

The role natural resources play in healthcare cannot be understated either. Since the legal cannabis industry is rapidly growing, the iMBA offers the Cannabis Business concentration for those looking to capitalize on the boom and its positive impacts. Electives within this option include knowledge in cannabis medicine, cannabis science, or entrepreneurship.

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Students with a passion for fashion have a place at Jefferson too. The iMBA offers a Fashion Business concentration that prepares visionaries for careers in fashion design, merchandising, management, and other global fashion sectors.

The Jefferson School of Business also offers an online iMBA, MS in Taxation, MS in Global Fashion Enterprise, BS in Accounting, BS in Fashion Merchandising and Management, BS in Finance, BS in International Business, BS in Management, and BS in Marketing.

Across programs, students benefit from unique resources such as longer study abroad experiences and shorter study abroad excursions, experiential internships with regional businesses, and numerous opportunities to collaborate and connect with industry leaders. This approach is called “the Jefferson Advantage,” a signature hallmark that nurtures competitive graduates with the traits employers need today and will seek tomorrow.

What’s more, this preparation can be enjoyed from anywhere in the world. A Jefferson education is accessible thanks to most of its programs boasting an online alternative. However, for most, a life in Philadelphia is too good an opportunity to pass up.

These programs are delivered at the beautiful East Falls Campus –– 104 acres of scenic, tree-lined grounds serving as the perfect getaway for those on the lookout for a distraction-free, tranquil business education that’s just 10 minutes away from the heart of Philadelphia.

iMBA students can opt to base their education in the bustling Center City Campus instead, with quick access to music and arts events, historic attractions, outdoor adventures, and delectable cuisines galore.

What better place to learn the ropes of doing good business than in a city filled with inspiration?

“My experience at Jefferson has taught me to adapt and adjust,” enthuses Brianna Giarraputo, a BS in Fashion Merchandising and Management and iMBA graduate who now works on sales and business development at Surface Print Source, a Philly-based studio that creates prints for the apparel industry.

“Ultimately, I’ve learned the importance of shifting gears and working in a fast-paced environment. The iMBA has truly set me apart in a very competitive job market.”

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