Graduate School of Management

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Q. Why should I study Management at Clark as opposed to attending a business college?

Clark's Management program is one of the few undergraduate programs founded at a small, liberal arts college that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), an organization that sets the highest standards of excellence for business schools worldwide. Students are offered the rare opportunity to focus their major studies in the field of business while enhancing their educational experience with courses from a range of fields such as film studies, international development, government, music, biology, sociology and environmental science. Our Management majors take advantage of these diverse course offerings, often pairing their major with a minor in a field that interests them academically. Management majors also have the chance to interact with a more diverse student body than they may have at a traditional business school.


Q. How does the Management major prepare students for the world of business?

The Management major prepares students for careers or advanced study in the world of for-profit business, non-profit business, and government, covering a wide range of possibilities. Comprised of 16 core courses as well as general education and elective courses, the major is designed to be a broad degree that will expose students to a variety of business disciplines, including accounting, marketing, management information systems, operations management, organizational behavior, and communications. Students also have the opportunity to take courses in more specific topics, such as human resources management, marketing research, or consumer behavior, through the advanced electives requirement.


Q. Can I minor in Management?

Liberal arts majors at Clark have the opportunity to minor in a strong Management program that they can tailor to fit their needs and interests. Our Management minor provides a solid business introduction to liberal arts majors who intend to pursue a career in business or are simply interested in learning more about the field.


Q. What does your AACSB International accreditation mean?

AACSB International, or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, is an organization committed to advancing quality management education worldwide. This accreditation is the highest a business program can receive, and both our undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited. We are very proud of this accreditation, and to maintain it we ensure that our educational programs and faculty meet the highest standards of achievement.


Q. Are there internships available for Management students?

Most of our students take part in an education-enhancing internship and can receive academic credit for their work. The Clark Career Services office is an excellent resource in both the job and internship search process, and will work with students on perfecting their resumes, interviewing techniques, and conducting a successful internship search. Students do internships in the Worcester and Boston areas during the academic year, or elsewhere in the country or abroad during the summer.


Q. Where are your recent graduates employed?

Management alumni are employed with prominent companies and organizations throughout the world. These include Reebok International, American Express, State Street, Bain Capital, UMass Medical Center, Fidelity Investments, U.S. Department of Revenue, Morgan Stanley, Fallon Community Health Plan, Bank of America, YOU Inc, and TJX Companies.


Q. Do Management students have the opportunity to study abroad?

Study abroad is a popular option for Management students, and they can take part in either an internship abroad or taking academic classes at another school. The Clark Study Abroad office offers classroom and experiential opportunities in over 50 programs around the globe, including the London School of Economics and the London internship. Students can also take part in the Washington Semester Program at American University or an internship in our nation's capitol through the Washington Center Program.


Q. What are other ways Clark Management students gain hands-on experience outside of class?

Volunteer work and participation in student groups and clubs are a great way to learn valuable teamwork and leadership skills. Many Management students are active campus leaders, serving as residence hall advisors, athletic team captains, or officers in one of Clark's many student organizations, while others contribute their time and effort to developing the surrounding Worcester community.

Clark hosts lectures and events throughout the year that highlight global business issues and successful business leaders career paths. Past speakers have included Matt Goldman, Clark alumnus and co-founder of the Blue Man Group; Michael Eskew, chairman and CEO of UPS; and Natalie Gustafson, Emmy award-winning television producer. Past events have included a speakers panel on the current mortgage crisis and a workshop on effective communication.

Q. What classes should prospective Management students take in their first year?

Clark first-year schedules are filled with diverse courses as students begin to explore their academic programs of interest. A few required Management major courses ( ECON010, ECON160, MGMT100, MGMT104, MGMT262) can count towards both the major and a Program of Liberal Studies requirement. Recommended first-year courses for students interested in the Management major include ECON010, MGMT100, MGMT104, and MGMT110. Recommended courses for students interested in the Management minor and trying out the program are MGMT100 (a minor requirement), MGMT101, MGMT104, or MGMT170.


Q. Are there advisors for students in the Management department?

All Clark first years are assigned a faculty advisor who may or may not be associated with their future major. Therefore, the Program Director in the Graduate School of Management is available as an advisor for those not yet enrolled in the Management programs. The Program Director helps students choose their courses and plan their time at Clark based on their academic and career goals. Once students declare their major in Management, they are assigned to a Management faculty advisor. Faculty advisors meet with all of their advisees throughout the year to ensure they are on track to complete degree requirements and are doing well in their courses. They also serve as a resource for career and academic advice.


Q. 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, and students are encouraged to meet with the Program Director in the Graduate School of Management early on to ensure that they are planning their academic paths correctly.


Q. Why are you the Graduate School of Management if you offer undergraduate programs?

Clark's Graduate School of Management recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. When the school was founded in 1982, its enrollment was primarily at the graduate level. Over time, student interest in business programs has increased on campus, and the Management major and minor have grown in important ways. The Management faculty values undergraduate Management students as important members of the School's family, and works hard to meet their educational needs. The School's Undergraduate Program Review Committee regularly reviews the BA curriculum and recommends needed changes to the Dean. While the academic programs at the School have shifted over the years, the name has not.