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Questions and Answers: Programs

Accelerated B.A./M.B.A or B.A./M.S.F.Programs

(Clark Undergraduate Students ONLY)

Should students planning on pursuing the Accelerated M.B.A. or M.S.F. major in Management?
Students from all majors can apply to the accelerated M.B.A. and M.S.F. program, commonly known as the "fifth-year" programs. Each year, students with majors in management, social sciences and the sciences are accepted into the accelerated M.B.A. and M.S.F. program. Therefore, we encourage undergraduate students to pick their majors based on their personal and academic interests. Keep in mind, however, that both accelerated degrees have prerequisite requirements, and students are encouraged to meet with the Program Manager in the Graduate School of Management early on to ensure that they are planning their academic paths correctly.
Are there any specific requirements for students planning on pursuing the Accelerated M.S.F. degree?
Students interested in the accelerated M.S.F. degree may major in Management, but are not required to do so. However, because of the strong quantitative component of this program, we encourage students interested in the M.S.F. degree to consider a minor in Economics or Math to provide them with solid preparation for the M.S.F. curriculum.
What classes should prospective Management students take in their first year?
Clark first-year schedules are filled with diverse courses as students begin to explore their academic programs of interest. A few required Management major courses (MATH113 or 120, ECON010, ECON160, MGMT104, MGMT262) can count towards both the major and a Program of Liberal Studies requirement. Recommended first-year courses for students interested in the Management major include MATH113 or 119, ECON010, MGMT100, MGMT101, or MGMT104. Recommended courses for students interested in the Management minor are MGMT100 (a minor requirement), MGMT101, MGMT104, or MGMT170.

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M.B.A. (full-time)

Must I have a business background to be considered for the M.B.A. program?
No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
Are there any prerequisites to apply for the M.B.A.?
There are no prerequisites for the M.B.A. program, although prior coursework in quantitative methods is highly recommended.
Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
You may be eligible for waivers if you have completed a similar undergraduate or graduate course with a grade of B- or higher in the 6 years prior to enrollment. We also accept up to 2 courses in transfer credit from other AACSB accredited institutions.
When is the application deadline for the M.B.A. program?
Applications are accepted for the fall semester as well as for the spring semester. Please refer to our Admissions Page for deadlines.
What are the requirements for the M.B.A. degree?
Students complete a total of 17 course units in order to attain the M.B.A. degree, including core courses, electives, capstone and professional internship. 5 course units are eligible to be waived based on prior coursework. See the M.B.A. Program Requirements Form (PDF) for a summary of requirements.
What concentrations are available to me?
The Clark M.B.A. offers several concentrations to help you gain expertise in your area of interest. These include: Accounting, Finance, General Management, Global Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Social Change, and Sustainability. Please visit the concentrations page for more details.
How long will it take me to complete my M.B.A.?
As a full-time student, you can complete your M.B.A. degree in two years. It is possible to complete the degree in a shorter period of time with course waivers. The average course load per semester is 4 course units.
Can I pursue this degree part-time?
Yes, the M.B.A. program is open to both full and part time students.

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M.B.A. (part-time)

What are the requirements for the M.B.A. degree?
Students complete a total of 17 course units in order to attain the M.B.A. degree, including core courses, electives, and a capstone. 5 course units are eligible to be waived based on prior coursework. See the M.B.A. Program Requirements Form (PDF) for a summary of requirements.
What concentrations are available to me?
The Clark M.B.A. offers several concentrations to help you gain expertise in your area of interest. These include: Accounting, Finance, General Management, Global Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Social Change, and Sustainability. Please visit the concentrations page for more details.
How long will it take me to complete my M.B.A.?
As a Part-time student, you can complete your M.B.A. degree in as few as 3 years, but have a maximum of 6 years to finish the program. The average course load per semester is 1 to 2 course units, and the maximum permitted is 2.5 units per semester.
Must I have a business background to be considered for the Part-time M.B.A. program?
No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
You may be eligible for waivers if you have completed a similar undergraduate or graduate course with a grade of B- or higher in the 6 years prior to enrollment. We also accept up to 2 courses in transfer credit from other AACSB accredited institutions.
Are there any prerequisites to apply for the Part-time M.B.A.?
There are no prerequisites for the M.B.A. program, although prior coursework in quantitative methods is highly recommended.
When is the application deadline for the Part-time M.B.A. program?
Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Please refer to our Admissions page for deadlines.

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M.S.F. (full-time only)

Must I have a finance background to be considered for the M.S.F. program?
No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
Are there any prerequisites to apply for the M.S.F.?
The prerequisites for the M.S.F. program are as follows:
  • Economic Theory
  • Financial Accounting
  • Statistics
  • Calculus
  • Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
    There are no course waivers for the M.S.F. program.
    When is the application deadline for the M.S.F. program?
    Applications are accepted only for the fall semester. Please refer to our Admissions Page for deadlines.
    What are the requirements for the M.S.F. degree?
    Details on the course requirements for the M.S.F. degree can be found on the Courses and Requirements page.
    How long will it take me to complete my M.S.F.?
    As a full-time student, you can complete your M.S.F. degree in one and a half years i.e. three semesters. The average course load per semester is 3 course units in each fall semester and 4 course units in the spring semester.
    Can I pursue this degree part-time?
    No. The M.S.F. program is only offered for full-time students.

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    M.S.A. (full-time)

    Must I have an accounting background to be considered for the M.S.A. program?
    No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
    Are there any prerequisites to apply for the M.S.A.?
    No, there are no prerequisites for the M.S.A. program, although prior coursework in quantitative methods is recommended. Details can be found on the M.S.A. Courses and Requirements page.
    Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
    There are 2 foundation courses which are eligible to be waived based on prior coursework.  Courses must have been taken within the last 8 years (AACSB accredited school) or 6 years (non-AACSB school) with a grade of B- or higher.  Exceptions may be made on an individual basis by the MSA Program Director.  
    When is the application deadline for the M.S.A. program?
    Applications are accepted for the fall semester as well as for the spring semester. Please refer to our Admissions Page for deadlines.
    What are the requirements for the M.S.A. degree?
    Details on the course requirements for the M.S.A. degree can be found on the M.S.A. Courses and Requirements page.
    How long will it take me to complete my M.S.A.?
    As a full-time student, you can complete the program in 1-1.5 years. 
    Can I pursue this degree part-time?
    Yes, the M.S.A. is open to both full and part time students. 

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    M.S.A. (part-time)

    What are the requirements for the M.S.A. degree?
    The M.S.A. program consists of 10 courses.  An additional 2 foundation courses are required for students who haven't taken these courses previously.  Details on course requirements can be found on the M.S.A. Courses and Requirements page.
    How long will it take me to complete my M.S.A.?
    As a part-time student, you can complete your M.S.A. degree in as few as 2 years, but have a maximum of 6 years to finish the program. The average course load per semester is 1 to 2 course units, and the maximum permitted is 2.5 units per semester.
    Must I have an accounting background to be considered for the part-time M.S.A. program?
    No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
    Are there any prerequisites to apply for the M.S.A.?
    No, there are no prerequisites for the M.S.A. program, although prior coursework in quantitative methods is recommended. Details can be found on the M.S.A. Courses and Requirements page.
    Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
    There are 2 foundation courses which are eligible to be waived based on prior coursework.  Courses must have been taken within the last 8 years (AACSB accredited school) or 6 years (non-AACSB school) with a grade of B- or higher.  Exceptions may be made on an individual basis by the MSA Program Director.
    When is the application deadline for the Part-time M.S.A. program?
    Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Please refer to our Admissions page for deadlines.

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    Dual Degrees: M.B.A./M.A. in Community Development and Planning or M.B.A./M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy

    Must I have a business background to be considered for the M.B.A. program?
    No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
    Are there any prerequisites to apply for the M.B.A.?
    There are no prerequisites for the M.B.A. program, although prior coursework in quantitative methods is highly recommended.
    Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
    You may be eligible for waivers if you have completed a similar undergraduate or graduate course with a grade of B- or higher in the 6 years prior to enrollment. We also accept up to 2 courses in transfer credit from other AACSB accredited institutions.
    When is the application deadline for the M.B.A. program?
    Applications are accepted only for the fall semester. Please refer to our Admissions Page for deadlines.
    What are the requirements for the M.B.A. degree?
    Students complete a total of 17 course units in order to attain the M.B.A. degree, including core courses, electives, capstone and professional internship. See the M.B.A. Program Requirements Form (PDF) for a summary of requirements. For the MA or MS courses please refer to the IDCE page.
    What concentrations are available to me?
    The Clark M.B.A. offers several concentrations to help you gain expertise in your area of interest. These include: Accounting, Finance, Global Business, Management Information Systems, General Management, Marketing, Sustainability and Social Change.
    How long will it take me to complete my M.B.A.?
    As a full-time student, you can complete your M.B.A./M.A./M.S. degree in three years. The average course load per semester is 5 course units.
    Can I pursue this degree part-time?
    No. The dual-degree programs are only offered for full-time students.

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