2011-2012 Academic Catalog 
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2011-2012 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

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Graduate Program

The Clark University M.B.A. program develops competence in basic management functions, skill in managing organizations and an understanding of the global environment. Each graduate of Clark’s M.B.A. program is able to demonstrate:

  • competence in the functional areas of management;
  • in-depth understanding of one of the functional areas of management or global business;
  • skill in integrating the management functions into an effective organization, and understanding the legal, political, ethical, social and environmental responsibilities of management;
  • appreciation of the global context in which most organizations function; and
  • the leadership and communication skills needed to formulate and implement management decisions.



Graduate Requirements

The M.B.A curriculum consists of a combination of seven-week course modules and full-semester, 14-week courses. Modular courses count as 1/2-unit each, while a full semester course counts as one unit. 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. Four of the units (seven courses) may be waived if equivalent courses have been completed in an undergraduate program, with a grade of B– or better within six years. A graduate internship is required for 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 participating in an exchange program (ex. Sorbonne, Trier, etc.).


All courses are worth one unit, unless otherwise specified.


Required Functional Courses

Required General Management Courses


In the final stages of the M.B.A. curriculum, each student must complete a course that integrates their academic program and provides a professional, cross-disciplinary, career-building experience. Students have the opportunity to apply their academic skills to the world of practice through courses such as Sustainability Consulting Projects (

 ), Leadership and Decision Making (CAP 5784 ), Management Consulting Projects ( ), Entrepreneurship: Social Impact ( ), Social Entrepreneurship ( ), and Global Business Seminar (CAP 5883 ). Students should choose a capstone option that best complements their selected area of focus.


Concentration and Free Electives

In addition to the courses listed above, students must take three to four units in one area of concentration, plus additional electives in any other area to total 16.5 units (for students who enrolled in their first semester of M.B.A. courses prior to the fall 2011 semester) or 17 units (for students enrolled in their first semester of M.B.A. courses in the fall 2011 semester forward) for the entire program. Students may choose from the following areas of concentration:


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:

Free Electives

(Count as electives but do not count towards any area of concentration)

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