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Graduate School of Management

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Questions and Answers: Graduate School of Management (GSOM)

Is Clark University Graduate School of Management accredited?
Yes, we are. Clark GSOM is one of the few institutions of its size to have its business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB-International), placing us in the top 10% of business schools worldwide. We are also continuously recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the Best Business Schools in the country.
What does your AACSB International accreditation mean?
AACSB International, or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, is an organization committed to advancing quality management education worldwide. This accreditation is the highest a business program can receive, and both our undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited. We are very proud of this accreditation, and to maintain it we ensure that our educational programs and faculty meet the highest standards of achievement.
Where is Clark University Graduate School of Management (GSOM) located?
Clark GSOM is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Worcester is the second largest city in New England, and is situated in Central Massachusetts, about an hour from Boston and three hours from New York City. The city is known for its burgeoning biotechnology and engineering industries, and maintains an established foothold in education, health care and manufacturing.
When was Clark University founded?
Clark University is a teaching and research institution with a long and rich history. Founded in 1887, the university has remained purposefully small in order to encourage collaboration between students and faculty. The Graduate School of Management at Clark University was founded in 1982 to serve working professionals seeking graduate-level business education.
How many students attend Clark University and the Graduate School of Management?
About 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend Clark University, with approximately 300 of those students attending the Graduate School of Management. Clark GSOM is a small business school and our small scale allows us to offer a level of personal attention that is not available at larger schools of business.
Are there internships available for GSOM students?
Most of our students take part in an education-enhancing internship and can receive academic credit for their work. The Clark GSOM Career Services Office is an excellent resource in both the job and internship search process, and will work with students on perfecting their resumes, interviewing techniques, and conducting a successful internship search. Students do internships in the Worcester and Boston areas during the academic year, or elsewhere in the country or abroad during the summer.
Where are your recent graduates employed?
Management and finance alumni are employed with prominent companies and organizations throughout the world. These include Ernst & Young, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, and JP Morgan Chase. Other alumni have significant roles with Reebok International, State Street, Bain Capital, UMass Medical Center, Fidelity Investments, U.S. Department of Revenue, and Environmental Defense Fund.
Do students have the opportunity to study abroad?
Study abroad is a popular option for students, and they can take part in either an internship abroad or taking academic classes at another school. Students can take part in an intensive four week course at Linnaeus University in Sweden or spend a year at the Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris, where students work toward a second degree in business after earning an MBA degree at Clark. All courses in this program are taught in French. The MBA program also conducts a Global Business Seminar which takes students to a major center of commerce outside the U.S. for one week, such as Shanghai, Greece, Berlin, or Buenos Aires.
What are other ways students gain hands-on experience outside of class?
Volunteer work and participation in student groups and clubs are a great way to learn valuable teamwork and leadership skills. Many students are active campus leaders, serving as residence hall advisors, athletic team captains, or officers in one of Clark's many student organizations, while others contribute their time and effort to developing the surrounding Worcester community. Clark hosts lectures and events throughout the year that highlight global business issues and successful business leaders' career paths. Past speakers have included Matt Goldman, Clark alumnus and co-founder of the Blue Man Group; Michael Eskew, chairman and CEO of UPS; and Natalie Gustafson, Emmy award-winning television producer. Past events have included a speakers' panel on the current mortgage crisis and a workshop on effective communication.
What is the Graduate School of Management Metrowest Campus and where is it located?
The Graduate School of Management Metrowest Campus is a satellite location in Southborough, Massachusetts, conveniently situated between Worcester and Boston. It is located at the intersection of Route 9 and 495, both major routes in the state of Massachusetts. Both part-time and full-time students may take courses at Clark's Metrowest Campus.
Are there program advisors for GSOM students?
All Clark GSOM students are assigned an advisor to assist with course scheduling and choices.