Graduate School of Management

Part-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)
  • Business Analysis and Valuation (1 unit)
  • Government and Non-profit Accounting (1 unit)
  • Federal Taxation (1 unit)
  • Advanced Accounting (1 unit)
  • Accounting and Finance for Sustainability (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)
  • Financial and Operational Auditing (1 unit)
  • Government and Non-profit Accounting (1 unit)
  • Federal Taxation (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:

  • Analysis of Financial Statements (1 unit)
  • Business Analysis and Valuation (1 unit)
  • Federal Taxation  1 unit)
  • Accounting and Finance for Sustainability (1 unit)
  • Case Studies in Corporate Finance (1 unit)
  • Investment Strategies (1 unit)
  • Case Studies in International Finance (1 unit)
  • Financial Modeling (1 unit)
  • Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance (1 unit)
  • Investment Fund (1 unit)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (1 unit)
  • Investment Market Readings (1 unit)
  • Special Topics in Finance (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:

  • Advanced Accounting  (1 unit)
  • Case Studies in International Finance *(1 unit)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (1 unit)
  • International Transactions  (.5 unit)
  • Negotiating Difficult Transactions  (.5 unit)
  • Union Management Relations  (.5 unit)
  • Corporate Intellectual Property  (.5 unit)
  • Collective Bargaining   (1 unit)
  • International Labor Relations (.5 unit)
  • Sustainability Consulting Projects (1 unit)
  • Project Management   (1 unit)
  • Leading Change (1 unit)
  • Eco-Entrepreneurship (1 unit)
  • Doing Business in Northern Europe (1 unit)
  • Global Business Seminar (1 unit)
  • Cross Cultural Management  (1 unit)
  • Services Marketing (1 unit)
  • International Marketing * (1 unit)
  • Branding Strategies (1 unit)
  • Spc Tpc: Internet & Social Media Mkting (.5 unit)

    * Required for concentration             


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:

  • Investment Market Readings  (1 unit)
  • Managerial Communication (.5 unit)
  • International Transactions (.5 unit)
  • Human Resources Management (1 unit)
  • Negotiating Difficult Transactions (.5 unit)
  • Union Management Relations (.5 unit)
  • Women in Management (.5 unit)
  • Corporate Intellectual Property (.5 unit)
  • Collective Bargaining   (1 unit)
  • International Labor Relations  (.5 unit)
  • Introduction to Greening the Organization  (1 unit)
  • Energy Management  (1 unit)
  • Sustainability Consulting Projects (1 unit)
  • Supply Chain Management (1 unit)
  • Green Supply Chain Management (1 unit)
  • Green Operations Management (1 unit)
  • Project Management  (1 unit)
  • Services Management  (1 unit)
  • Leading Change (1 unit)
  • Eco-Entrepreneurship (1 unit)
  • Doing Business in Northern Europe  (1 unit)
  • Global Business Seminar (1 unit)
  • Management Consulting Projects  (1 unit)
  • Entrepreneurship (1 unit)
  • Cross Cultural Management  (1 unit)
  • Leadership and Decision Making (1 unit)
  • Special Topics in Management (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 (.5 unit)
  • Management of Information Technologies (1 unit)
  • Knowledge Management in Organizations (.5 unit)
  • E-Commerce  (1 unit)
  • Information Systems Analysis and Design  (1 unit)
  • Business Intelligence  (1 unit)
  • Web-site Development (1 unit)
  • IT Operations (1 unit)
  • Spc Tpc: 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 (.5 unit)
  • Advertising and Promotion  (.5 unit)
  • Business-to-Business Marketing (1 unit)
  • Market Pricing (.5 unit)
  • Services Marketing  (1 unit)
  • International Marketing (1 unit)
  • Personal Selling/Sales Management (.5 unit)
  • Branding Strategies (1 unit)
  • Sustainability Marketing (1 unit)
  • Spc Tpc: Internet & Social Media Mkting (.5 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:

  • Project Management   (1 unit)
  • Leading Change (1 unit)
  • Entrepreneurship (1 unit)
  • Special Topics in Management ^ (1 unit)
  • Spc Tpc: Corporate Social Responsibility (1 unit)
  • Introduction to GIS (1 unit)
  • Food Production, Environment & Health (1 unit)
  • Strategies for Community Organizing (.5 unit)
  • Fundamentals of Youth Work   (1 unit)
  • U.S. Environmental Pollution Policy (1 unit)
  • Econ Fundamentals for Intl Development (1 unit)
  • Negotiaions: Community Development (.5 unit)
  • Grant Writing for Community Developers (.5 unit)
  • Gender and Health (1 unit)
  • Environmental & Social Epidemiology (1 unit)
  • Community Needs & Resource Analysis (1 unit)
  • Community Development Finance (1 unit)
  • Non-Profit Management I (1 unit)
  • NP Mgmt II: Domestic Housing & Econ Dev (.5 unit)
  • NP Mgmt II: Domestic Youth & Social Serv (.5 unit)

~ Students may also take courses in IDCE to count toward the concentration.The list above includes examples of courses taken previously. Permission is required. Contact Laura Burgess (lburgess@clarku.edu) for more information.

^ Depends on the topic being offered, as it must relate to the concentration. Contact your advisor for confirmation.


Sustainability
Visit the Sustainabilty webpage for more information. 

  • Introduction to Greening the Organization  (1 unit)
  • Energy Management (1 unit)
  • Sustainability Consulting Projects (1 unit)
  • Green Supply Chain Management (1 unit)
  • Green Operations Management (1 unit)
  • Leading Change (1 unit)
  • Eco-Entrepreneurship  (1 unit)
  • Special Topics in Management ^ (1 unit)
  • Sustainability Marketing (1 unit)

^ Depends on the topic being offered, as it must relate to the concentration. Contact your advisor for confirmation.


Note: If any elective course that you have taken does not appear on this list, please contact your advisor to determine which concentration it will count toward.