2011-2012 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2018  
2011-2012 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Business Administration (B.A./M.B.A.)


The Master of Arts in Business Administration is offered through the Graduate School of Management at Clark University. The Graduate School of Management strives to develop: 1) outstanding leaders and managers of society’s enterprises; 2) through a high quality educational experience; 3) carried out in an innovative community of learning; 4) by a faculty oriented toward research and service.


Departmental eligibility requirements

The M.B.A. program is open to students from any undergraduate major. Prerequisite courses are required. Prospective M.B.A. students must complete ECON 010  and either 

 , MATH 113 , MATH 119  or MATH 120  with a grade of B- or higher prior to the start of their senior year (students can be enrolled in these courses in the semester that they are applying or can take them in the summer before their senior year). If a student places higher than MATH 120  on the math placement exam, he/she should take a higher level math course to satisfy the math prerequisite. AP credit may count towards the Math prerequisite requirement. However, Clark’s M.B.A. program has many quantitative course requirements, and students are encouraged to take at least one quantitative course during their undergraduate years to help them prepare if they have AP credit for the math prerequisite.


The Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree Program Application: Part 1 must be completed by April 1 of the junior year and submitted to the Academic Advising Center. The Accelerated B.A./Master’s Degree Program Application: Part 2 must be completed and submitted to the Graduate School of Management by April 15 of the junior year.


For nonmanagement majors it is helpful, but not required, that students should have no more than one to three classes remaining for undergraduate degree requirements (i.e. perspective courses and requirements for major/minor) at the completion of the junior year so that four-and-one-half to seven units of graduate-level courses can be taken in the senior year. Management majors may be restricted in the number of graduate M.B.A. courses they can take during their senior year. Management majors should consult with Laura Burgess, (508) 793-7744, the Program Director for Academic and Student Services in the Graduate School of Management.


Program of Study

For students who enrolled in their first semester of M.B.A. courses prior to the fall 2011 semester, the total unit requirement is 16.5 units. For students who enrolled in their first semester of M.B.A. courses in the Fall 2011 semester forward, the total unit requirement is 17 units.


Depending on possible course waivers that a student can receive, students can and should plan on taking 3 – 7 units of graduate course work during their senior year. Students should ideally plan their course work so that they have 10 units remaining for the MBA following the completion of their senior year.


The following MBA courses are recommended for students to take during their senior year, although individual programs of study may vary depending on course waivers students received and a student’s MBA concentration plans.

Additional Requirements

M.B.A. students choose a concentration, three to four units of upper-level electives are required In addition, free electives outside the concentration are required to complete a total of 5½ elective units. Concentration options include Accounting, Expanding Accounting, Finance, Global Business, General Management, Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Social Change. Students may also choose to do a dual concentration.

A Graduate Internship is required of all students except: those who have 3 years of relevant professional work experience; those with five or more years of professional work experience, those with full-time employment during the length of the program, and those who are coming to GSOM through an exchange program (ex. Sorbonne, Trier, etc.). No academic credit is awarded for the internship requirement.


Advice for prospective students

Because the M.B.A. program is highly structured, students must consider the B.A./M.A. option as early in their undergraduate careers as possible. Due to the required units, students must take M.B.A. courses during their senior year. Students may choose to minor in management because certain undergraduate courses waive M.B.A. courses.


The following undergraduate courses (with a grade of B- or higher) will waive M.B.A. courses. Students should plan to take these courses prior to senior year. The number of waivers received determines how many M.B.A. units should be taken during the senior year.

Program Advisor

(Signature Required on Application: Part 1)
Laura Burgess
Graduate School of Management


Student profiles

  • Burcu Ozden completed an M.B.A. with a concentration in accounting and is now working as an audit assistant with Ernst & Young, in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Lawrence Norman completed an M.B.A. and is now Vice President of Global Basketball for Adidas International.
  • Esra Soner completed an M.B.A. and is now and international brand analyst in the Strategy & Marketing Department of Renault in Paris.