Clark MBA students choose from 8 concentrations or areas of specialization. You may pursue a dual concentration or prepare for the CPA examination with the Expanded Accounting concentration. Specialize in any of the following:
- Expanded Accounting
- General Management
- Information Management and Business Analytics
- Social Change
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.
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 six courses on the elective list.
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.
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.
Information Management and Business Analytics
The Information Management and Business Analytics concentration trains emerging business professionals to gain a competitive advantage through the sound use of data resources. Students are taught not only data management processes such as data collection, validation, organization, and warehousing, but also analytical techniques such as statistics, optimization, predictive modeling, forecasting, and visualization that allow for the improvement of decision-making in a business environment. Courses offer solid grounding in applied statistical methods and emphasize the use of appropriate software tools. Skills and techniques are applied to both general business problems as well as discipline-specific issues.
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.
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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.
Clark’s program couples the principles of environmental sustainability with the business strategies and fundamentals necessary to achieve responsible management at both the local and global level. An MBA in Sustainability from Clark will prepare you for today’s evolving job market—one in which for-profit and not-for-profit organizations increasingly seek sustainability managers with both a background in science and a deep understanding of strategy, business processes, management practices and government policy.
In 2014, NetImpact ranked GSOM a "Top 50 School for Environmental Sustainability" in its Business as UNusual guide, placing it among the world's best business schools to study and research sustainability and related issues.
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Note: If any elective course that you have taken does not appear on the list, please contact your advisor to determine which concentration it will count toward.