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Questions and Answers: Programs

Accelerated B.A./M.B.A or B.A./MSFPrograms

(Clark Undergraduate Students ONLY)

Should students planning on pursuing the Accelerated MBA or MSF major in Management?
Students from all majors can apply to the accelerated MBA and MSF program, commonly known as the "fifth-year" programs. Each year, students with majors in management, social sciences and the sciences are accepted into the accelerated MBA and MSF program. Therefore, we encourage undergraduate students to pick their majors based on their personal and academic interests. Keep in mind, however, that both accelerated degrees have prerequisite requirements. Students are encouraged to meet with Laura Burgess, program director, academic & student services, in the Graduate School of Management early on to ensure that they are planning their academic paths correctly.
Are there any specific requirements for students planning on pursuing the Accelerated MSF degree?
Students interested in the accelerated MSF degree may major in Management, but are not required to do so. However, because of the strong quantitative component of this program, we encourage students interested in the MSF degree to consider a minor in Economics or Math to provide them with solid preparation for the MSF curriculum.

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MBA (full-time)

Must I have a business background to be considered for the MBA program?
No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
Are there any prerequisites to apply for the MBA?
There are no prerequisites for the MBA program, although prior coursework in quantitative methods is highly recommended.
Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
You may be eligible for waivers depending on your professional managerial experience. Waivers are granted on a case by case basis. We also accept up to 2 courses in transfer credit from other AACSB accredited institutions.
When is the application deadline for the MBA program?
Applications are accepted for the fall semester as well as for the spring semester. Please refer to our Admissions Page for deadlines.
What are the requirements for the MBA degree?
Students complete a total of 17 course units in order to attain the MBA degree, including core courses, electives, capstone and professional internship. The MBA Professional Track may allow you to waive certain courses depending upon prior managerial experience. See the MBA Program page (PDF) for additional information on course requirements.
What concentrations are available to me?
The Clark MBA offers several concentrations to help you gain expertise in your area of interest. These include: Accounting, Finance, Management, Information Management and Business Analytics, Marketing, Social Change, and Sustainability. Please visit the concentrations page for more details.
How long will it take me to complete my MBA?
As a full-time student, you can complete your MBA degree in two years. It is possible to complete the degree in a shorter period of time with course waivers. The average course load per semester is 4 course units.
Can I pursue this degree part-time?
Yes, the MBA program is open to both full and part time students.

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MBA (part-time)

What are the requirements for the part-time MBA degree?
Students complete a total of 17 course units in order to attain the MBA degree, including core courses, electives, capstone and professional internship; these may be completed at a part-time schedule agreed upon by the student and his/her advisor. The MBA Professional Track may allow you to waive certain courses depending upon prior managerial experience. See the MBA Program page (PDF) for additional information on course requirements.
What concentrations are available to me?
The Clark MBA offers several concentrations to help you gain expertise in your area of interest. These include: Accounting, Finance, Management, Information Management and Business Analytics, Marketing, Social Change, and Sustainability. Please visit the concentrations page for more details.
How long will it take me to complete my MBA?
As a Part-time student, you can complete your MBA degree in as few as 3 years, but have a maximum of 6 years to finish the program. The average course load per semester is 1 to 2 course units, and the maximum permitted is 2.5 units per semester.
Must I have a business background to be considered for the Part-time MBA program?
No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
You may be eligible for waivers depending on your professional managerial experience. Waivers are granted on a case by case basis. We also accept up to 2 courses in transfer credit from other AACSB accredited institutions.
Are there any prerequisites to apply for the Part-time MBA?
There are no prerequisites for the MBA program, although prior coursework in quantitative methods is highly recommended.
When is the application deadline for the Part-time MBA program?
Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Please refer to our Admissions page for deadlines.

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MSF (full-time only)

Must I have a finance background to be considered for the MSF program?
No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
Are there any prerequisites to apply for the MSF?
The prerequisites for the MSF program are as follows:
  • Economic Theory
  • Statistics
  • Calculus
  • Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
    There are no course waivers for the MSF program.
    When is the application deadline for the MSF program?
    Applications are accepted only for the fall semester. Please refer to our Admissions Page for deadlines.
    What are the requirements for the MSF degree?
    Details on the course requirements for the MSF degree can be found on the Courses and Requirements page.
    How long will it take me to complete my MSF?
    As a full-time student, you can complete your MSF degree in one and a half years, or four semesters. The average course load per semester is 3 course units in the first fall and first spring semesters, and 4 course units in the second fall.
    Can I pursue this degree part-time?
    No. The MSF program is only offered for full-time students.

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    MSA (full-time)

    Must I have an accounting background to be considered for the MSA program?
    No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
    Are there any prerequisites to apply for the MSA?
    No, there are no prerequisites for the MSA program, although prior coursework in quantitative methods is recommended. Details can be found on the MSA Courses and Requirements page.
    Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
    There are 2 foundation courses which are eligible to be waived based on prior coursework.  Courses must have been taken within the last 8 years (AACSB accredited school) or 6 years (non-AACSB school) with a grade of B- or higher.  Exceptions may be made on an individual basis by the MSA Program Director.  
    When is the application deadline for the MSA program?
    Applications are accepted for the fall semester as well as for the spring semester. Please refer to our Admissions Page for deadlines.
    What are the requirements for the MSA degree?
    Details on the course requirements for the MSA degree can be found on the MSA Courses and Requirements page.
    How long will it take me to complete my MSA?
    As a full-time student, you can complete the program in 1-1.5 years. 
    Can I pursue this degree part-time?
    Yes, the MSA is open to both full and part time students. 

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    MSA (part-time)

    What are the requirements for the MSA degree?
    The MSA program consists of 10 courses. An additional 2 foundation courses are required for students who haven't taken these courses previously. Details on course requirements can be found on the MSA Courses and Requirements page.
    How long will it take me to complete my MSA?
    As a part-time student, you can complete your MSA degree in as few as 2 years, but have a maximum of 6 years to finish the program. The average course load per semester is 1 to 2 course units, and the maximum permitted is 2.5 units per semester.
    Must I have an accounting background to be considered for the part-time MSA program?
    No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
    Are there any prerequisites to apply for the MSA?
    No, there are no prerequisites for the MSA program, although prior coursework in quantitative methods is recommended. Details can be found on the MSA Courses and Requirements page.
    Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
    There are 2 foundation courses which are eligible to be waived based on prior coursework.  Courses must have been taken within the last 8 years (AACSB accredited school) or 6 years (non-AACSB school) with a grade of B- or higher.  Exceptions may be made on an individual basis by the MSA Program Director.
    When is the application deadline for the Part-time MSA program?
    Applications are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Please refer to our Admissions page for deadlines.

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    Dual Degrees: MBA/M.A. in Community Development and Planning or MBA/M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy

    Must I have a business background to be considered for the MBA program?
    No. Clark encourages applicants with diverse educational and professional backgrounds to apply, as it greatly enhances the learning experience of our students.
    Are there any prerequisites to apply for the either dual-degree program?
    There are no prerequisites for the MBA program, although prior coursework in quantitative methods is highly recommended.
    Can I waive or receive credit for courses I've taken in the past?
    Waivers may be granted to qualified applicants with appropriate managerial experience. We also accept up to 2 courses in transfer credit from other AACSB accredited institutions.
    When is the application deadline for the dual-degree program?
    Applications are accepted only for the fall semester. Please refer to our Admissions Page for deadlines.
    What are the requirements for the dual-degree programs?
    Students complete a total of 22.5 course units in order to attain either dual degree, including core courses, electives, a capstone, professional internship, and thesis. See either the MBA/CDP page or the MBA/ES&P page for a summary of requirements. For the MA or MS courses please refer to the IDCE page. Contact Laura Burgess, program director, academic and student services, with questions.
    What concentrations are available to me?
    Students completing the MBA/MA in CDP earn a social change concentration. Students completing the MBA/MS in ES&P earn a sustainability concentration.
    How long will it take me to complete my dual-degree?
    As a full-time student, you can complete your MBA/MA in CDP or MBA/MS in ES&P in three years. The average course load per semester is 5 course units.
    Can I pursue this degree part-time?
    No. The dual-degree programs are only offered for full-time students.

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