Graduate School of Management

Full-time MBA

Concentrations

Clark MBA students choose from 9 concentrations or areas of specialization. You may pursue a dual concentration or prepare for the CPA examination with the Expanded Accounting concentration. Specialize in:


Accounting
The Accounting Concentration prepares students for today's highly competitive and demanding positions in the field of accounting. Clark's distinguished faculty gives utmost importance to contemporary issues and changes in national and global accounting sector. The concentration requires a minimum of three and a maximum of four course units from the following electives:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting I (1 unit)
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting II (1 unit)
  • Management Accounting (1 unit)
  • Financial and Operational Auditing (1 unit)
  • Analysis of Financial Statements (1 unit)
  • Government and Non-profit Accounting (1 unit)
  • Tax Strategies and Management Decisions (1 unit)
  • Business Analysis and Valuation (1 unit)
  • Advanced Accounting (1 unit)

Expanded Accounting Option
The expanded accounting concentration satisfies the 150-hour, postsecondary-education requirement for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. It also allows students an opportunity to prepare for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination. Students pursuing this option must complete the foundation, functional and general management courses, along with the following six courses:

  • Financial Accounting and Reporting I (1 unit)
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting II (1 unit)
  • Management Accounting (1 unit)
  • Government and Non-profit Accounting (1 unit)
  • Financial and Operational Auditing (1 unit)
  • Tax Strategies and Management Decisions (1 unit)

Finance
You may already be working in the field of finance and planning your next career move to become a portfolio manager or a senior financial analyst; or you maybe in the initial stages of mapping out a career in finance as an economic, financial or investment analyst. Whatever stage you are in, the MBA with a concentration in finance will provide you with the skills and confidence necessary to succeed in the world of finance.
Students concentrating in finance will complete a minimum of three and a maximum of four course units in finance:

  • Case Studies in Corporate Finance (1 unit)
  • Investment Strategies (1 unit)
  • Analysis of Financial Statements (1 unit)
  • Tax Strategies and Management Decisions (1 unit)
  • Case Studies in International Finance (1 unit)
  • Financial Modeling (1/2 unit)
  • Game Theory and Business Applications (1 unit)
  • Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance (1 unit)
  • Hedge Funds (1 unit)
  • Investment Fund (1 unit)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (1 unit)
  • Algorithmic Trading (1 unit)
  • Investment Market Readings (1 unit)
  • Business Analysis and Valuation (1 unit)
  • Financial Indexing (1 unit)
  • Management Quantitative Models (1 unit)

Global Business
Clark's Global Business concentration is designed to prepare managers to successfully compete in the global marketplace. The program seeks to give students an understanding of the business environment in countries other than the United States as well as present fundamental concepts which will enable graduates to succeed in the multi-national business environment.

While at Clark, you will gain hands-on experience by working in cross-cultural teams, learning from a diverse faculty and investigating business practices from across the globe.

In addition to the core MBA courses, students have to take International Finance and International Marketing as well as choose a minimum of one and a maximum of two course units from below:

  • Case Studies in International Finance (1 unit, required for concentration)
  • International Marketing (1 unit, required for concentration)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (1 unit)
  • International Transactions (1/2 unit)
  • Negotiating Difficult Transactions (1/2 unit)
  • Union Management Relations (1/2 unit)
  • Collective Bargaining (1 unit)
  • International Labor Relations (1/2 unit)
  • Project Management (1 unit)
  • Eco-Entrepreneurship (1 unit)
  • Doing Business in Northern Europe (1 unit)
  • Global Business Seminar (1 unit)
  • Cross Cultural Management (1 unit)
  • Corporate Intellectual Property (1/2 unit)
  • Advanced Accounting (1 unit)
  • Sustainability Consulting Projects (1 unit)
  • Services Marketing (1 unit)
  • Leading Change (1 unit)

General Management
A concentration in General Management will allow you to further hone your management skills, and adapt to any managerial situation. Students focusing in management study will complete a minimum of three and a maximum of four course units in management. Topics you will investigate include managing teams, organizational change, labor relations and diversity in workplace:

  • Organizational Communication (1/2 unit)
  • International Transactions (1/2 unit)
  • Negotiating Difficult Transactions (1/2 unit)
  • Union Management Relations (1/2 unit)
  • Human Resources Management (1 unit)
  • Women in Management (1/2 unit)
  • Collective Bargaining (1 unit)
  • International Labor Relations (1/2 unit)
  • Creativity, Leadership, and the Arts (1 unit)
  • Eco-Entrepreneurship (1 unit)
  • Greening the Corporation (1 unit)
  • Project Management (1 unit)
  • Services Management (1 unit)
  • Analyzing Worcester's Creative Economy (1 unit)
  • Global Business Seminar (1 unit)
  • Leadership and Decision Making (1 unit)
  • Management Consulting Projects (1 unit)
  • Entrepreneurship (1 unit)
  • Cross Cultural Management (1 unit)
  • Sustainability and Corporate Strategy (1 unit)
  • Corporate Intellectual Property (1/2 unit)
  • Doing Business in Northern Europe (1 unit)
  • Supply Chain Management (1 unit)
  • Energy Management (1 unit)
  • Sustainability Consulting Projects (1 unit)
  • Green Supply Chain Management (1 unit)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (1 unit)
  • Cultivating and Managing Innovation (1 unit)
  • Management Quantitative Models (1 unit)
  • Investment Market Readings (1 unit)
  • Leading Change (1 unit)

Management Information Systems
The Management Information Systems concentration focuses on training students on the skills and knowledge required to manage the technological resources of organizations. It builds upon the broad-based MBA curriculum with topics in technology management such as e-commerce, database management, decision support systems and software development. Students can choose from the following electives to complete their concentration:

  • Database Management Systems (1/2 unit)
  • Management of Information Technologies (1 unit)
  • Knowledge Management in Organizations (1/2 unit)
  • E-Commerce (1 unit)
  • Information Systems Analysis and Design (1 unit)
  • Web-site Development (1 unit)
  • Business Intelligence (1 unit)
  • IT Operations (1 unit)
  • Info Securities Risk Management (1 unit)

Marketing
The marketing concentration in the MBA program is designed to address the demands of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in various marketing areas, such as branding, advertising, product management, marketing research, etc. The elective courses in marketing will provide up-to-date, relevant knowledge and skills that today's successful marketers must acquire. The following marketing elective courses are offered at Clark University:

  • Marketing Research (1 unit)
  • Consumer and Individual Buyer Behavior (1/2 unit)
  • Advertising and Promotion (1/2 unit)
  • Business to Business Marketing (1 unit)
  • Market Pricing (1/2 unit)
  • Services Marketing (1 unit)
  • International Marketing (1 unit)
  • Personal Selling/Sales Management (1/2 unit)
  • Branding Strategies (1 unit)
  • Sustainability Marketing (1 unit)
  • Internet and Social Media Marketing (1/2 unit)

Social Change
Visit the Social Change webpage for more information.

Clark MBA students now have the unique opportunity to earn a concentration in Social Change by taking advanced courses at Clark's International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE) department. Through the Clark MBA and IDCE collaboration, students use the unique business acumen they develop to promote positive environmental, social, and economic change throughout the world.

Whether ultimately working in a corporation, government agency, or nongovernmental organization in the U.S. or abroad, you will have the skills, tools, knowledge, understanding and confidence necessary to be a successful agent of global change, and to function effectively in the context of formal institutions, civil society, markets and technology.
The following is a sampling of social change courses that may be available:

  • Leading Change
  • Accounting & Finance for Sustainability
  • Microfinance
  • NGOs and Advocacy
  • Nonprofit and NGO Management Issues
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Seeing Like a Humanitarian Agency
  • Local Community Development
  • Grant Writing for Community Developers
  • Youth and Community Development
  • Theories of Community Development and Planning
  • International Development Electives
  • Development Theory
  • Principles of Conflict Negotiation
  • International Environmental Law and Policy
  • Economic Fundamentals for International Development

Sustainability
Visit the Sustainabilty webpage for more information. 

  • Accounting & Finance for Sustainability
  • Introduction to Greening the Corporation
  • Energy Management
  • Sustainability Consulting Projects
  • Green Operations Management
  • Leading Change
  • Eco-Entrepreneurship
  • Special Topics:Sustainability and Corporate Strategy
  • Sustainability Marketing