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 any of the following:
- Expanded Accounting
- Global Business
- General Management
- Management Information Systems
- 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.
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 the elective list.
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.
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.
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.