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The School of Business offers graduate work leading to the  Master of Business Administration (One-Year MBA), a Global Master of Business Administration (One-Year Global MBA) , an Online MBA in Supply Chain Management (Two-Year/Part-time MBA) and an interdisciplinary summer program leading to the Master of Science in Engineering and Global Operations Management . The One-Year MBA degree can be obtained on either a full-time or part-time basis. The Global MBA can be completed in just under one-year or in one-year and six weeks, depending on the student's prerequisite background, and features one semester of MBA study abroad at the student's choice of Bordeaux, France; Brisbane, Australia; or Hong Kong, China. The Online MBA in Supply Chain Management program offers working professionals an opportunity to seek continuing education by integrating peer interaction and networking with Web-based distance learning.  No specific undergraduate major is required for admission; however, applicants must demonstrate high promise for success as measured by undergraduate grade-point average, score on GMAT or the GRE, work experience, and references. A typical graduate class includes recent college graduates, people with work experience, and men and women from many geographic regions of the world. The breadth and diversity of the student body serve to enrich the educational experience. Merit-based scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. One-Year MBA students are also eligible to apply for a graduate assistant position working for a faculty/staff member.

Students may complete the full-time MBA in one year of study by receiving advanced credit for first-year foundation courses. Foundation requirements include 27-33 credit hours in business, economics, and statistics. MBA candidates must complete foundation courses in nine specified areas as well as 35 credits of advanced coursework. Through careful planning, students with backgrounds in business, engineering, liberal arts, or science may complete the foundation courses as undergraduates or through pursuing the Summer Business Concepts program, and fulfill the requirements for the graduate degree in one year. Some students may require overloading and/or summer school to complete the foundation courses. Articulation agreements, which specify acceptable foundation courses, exist for Clarkson’s engineering and science programs and a number of universities in the United States and Canada. The foundation requirements also apply to the Global MBA program and the need for such foundation requirements will determine the length of the program for a student. Further information regarding graduate programs can be found at Graduate Programs . The Online MBA program in Supply Chain Management does not require any business foundation courses prior to enrollment. The School of Business at Clarkson is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an internationally recognized accrediting agency for graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration.

More information about the following programs can be obtained from the Graduate Business Programs office: telephone 315-268-6613; toll free for U.S. and Canadian 866-333-6613; fax 315-268-3810; e-mail ; or Internet .

The Master of Business Administration (One-Year MBA)
The MBA degree is meant to provide students with the skills to be effective business leaders. At Clarkson, the program offers small class sizes and close faculty-student interaction. Integrated core courses ensure that students share common experiences, while elective courses provide an opportunity for specialized study.

The MBA consists of foundation courses in nine specified areas and 35 credit hours of advanced graduate work. The foundation includes courses from the following subjects: financial and managerial accounting, computer fundamentals, corporate finance, micro- and macroeconomics, law and society, organizational behavior, marketing, operations and production management, and quantitative methods/statistics. Students with appropriate undergraduate coursework can be awarded credit for foundation course requirements.

Beyond the foundation, the 35-hour core of the MBA consists of ten two-credit interrelated modules, four three-credit graduate elective courses, and a three-credit experiential course. The core modules stress business functions, emphasizing the development of communication, interpersonal, and managerial skills. A Strategic Planning module (2 credits) and the Information Systems module (2 credits) are also required during the spring semester. The other modules are taught for seven weeks each.

The module titles are:

AC603   Management Accounting   OM606   Supply Chain Management
EC604   Applied Economics   OS608   Organizational Behavior & Performance Mgt
FN607   Financial Management   OS610   Strategic Planning
IS605   Information Systems   MK609   Marketing Management
OM602   Decision Analysis and
Supply Chain Modeling
  SB609   Corporate Ethical
Decision Making

In addition to the General MBA track, three tracks are also offered in Global Supply Chain Management , Environmental Management , and  Innovation and New Venture Management .  

Experiential learning is a strong part of Clarkson's culture so each student participating in the One-Year MBA is required to take a three credit hour experiential course. Students can choose from either a number of consulting projects or pursue a global business program. With the Clarkson Consulting Group project options, you can find ways to apply your skills and gain new insights into the management issues facing business leaders and organizations. Through the Global Business Programs , there are several options that are designed to give you knowledge and new perspectives regarding international business. They will help you develop critical skills necessary to compete and succeed in the global market. All courses involve a multinational faculty and are taught in English. Each of the programs offers a unique opportunity to explore business outside the traditional classroom boundaries and to provide a unique experience to your resume.  Clarkson also helps you explore the global management issues facing business leaders and organizations in all parts of the world.

The Global Master of Business Administration (One-Year Global MBA)

The Global MBA will follow the same curriculum as the on-campus One-Year MBA for the fall semester, with students completing 5 elective courses over the spring semester at their institution of choice, either the Bordeaux School of Management, in Bordeaux, France; Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia; or City University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, China. These 5 elective classes meet the 4 elective requirement and experiential unit requirement of the on-campus one-year MBA. After completion of their global studies, students will complete the remaining two required modules, information systems and strategic planning, either on campus or in an online format.

Clarkson 4+1 Articulation Agreements
Clarkson has “4+1” articulation agreements with a number of colleges and universities in the United States and Canada that enable students to fulfill the business foundation requirements as undergraduates. The objective of a 4+1 program is to allow students to complete their master’s degree requirements in just one additional academic year of study. Students from any undergraduate discipline can participate in these 4+1 programs by carefully selecting appropriate foundation courses as undergraduates. For further information about specific foundation requirements at our 4+1 partners, please visit our Web site at .

Graduate elective courses are available in several functional areas:

AC603   Management Accounting   OS610   Strategic Planning
    (MBA Module)       (MBA Module)
AC623   Financial Statement Analysis   OM615   Supply Chain Systems Mgt
EC604 Applied Economics (MBA Module)   OM650   Operations Strategy &
EC660   Environmental Economics       Internat'l Competitiveness
EC675   Personnel Economics   OM676   Developing and
FN607   Financial Management       Managing Technology
    (MBA Module)   OM680   Strategic Project
FN655   Venture Capital and       Management
    Private Equity   OM685   Quality Management
FN667   International Finance       and Process Control
FN668   Financial Markets and   OS554   Special Topics in
    the Global Economy       International Business
FN680   Financial Tools for   OS652   Strategic Human
    Business Development       Resource Management
    and Risk Management   OS657   Leading Organizational
FN687   Special Project       Change
    in Finance   OS666   Negotiations and
IS605   Information Systems       Relationship Management
    (MBA Module)   MK609   Marketing Management
IS614   Database Administration       (MBA Module)
IS628   Management of   MK689   New Product Marketing
    e-Business Information   MK694   Supply Chain Distribution
    Systems       Management
OM602   Decision Analysis &   MK696   Marketing Methods
    Supply Chain Modeling    SB609   Corporate Ethical
    (MBA Module)       Decision Making
OM606   Supply Chain Management       (MBA Module)
    (MBA Module)   SB611   Clarkson Consulting
OM671   Supply Chain       Group
    Environmental Management   SB693   Seminar in
OS608   Organizational Behavior       International Business
    and Performance    SB696   Advanced Topics in
    Management       Supply Chain
    (MBA Module)       Management

Online MBA Program in Supply Chain Management
The online MBA program in Supply Chain Management is a 42 credit-hour program. This program is designed to be completed part-time, and over the span of two years. Maximum time to complete the program will be five years. All students are required to take 9 (three credit hours each) MBA core courses , as well as a Leadership Development course split into two short campus  seminar style classes  at the beginning of each academic year. The remaining 12 credits are comprised of four elective courses  in Supply Chain Management.

Center for Canadian Studies
Martin Heintzelman, Director

Clarkson University's Center for Canadian Studies was founded in 1987 as the Center for Canadian/U.S. Business Studies, and was supported initially by an endowment provided by Frank A. Augsbury, Jr. The goals of the Center for Canadian Studies are to: create an educational environment that increases student and faculty awareness of Canada, which includes the Canada/U.S. relationship; encourage effective collaboration between scholars of all fields in the study of Canada; and support the investigation of issues concerning Canada. Given our proximity to Canada, and the major Canadian academic centers in Ottawa and Montreal, we are ideally located to have a vibrant and important role in facilitating academic study of Canada and Canadian/U.S. issues. We strive to create a class of future leaders who are aware of the importance of the Canada/U.S. relationship and prepared to work in an increasingly integrated North American economy. The Center works towards its goals by supporting student travel to Canada through UNIV267: "Introduction to Canada" which educates students on Canada and the Canada/U.S. relationship through in-class lectures/discussions, as well as four weekend-long trips to Canadian cities and trips by students in other courses to Ottawa and Montreal. It also brings speakers to campus at least annually, and supports faculty research projects related to Canada or Canada/U.S. issues. 

The Entrepreneurship Center
Marc Compeau, Director
Erin Draper, Associate Director

A resource center located within the Clarkson University School of Business, the Entrepreneurship Center helps small business owners and entrepreneurs develop and manage sustainable micro enterprises through partnerships with universities and government support programs.

The Center builds upon the University's nationally recognized expertise in entrepreneurial education and long-standing commitment to boost regional economies through small business development.

The goal of the Center is to serve as a national model for enhancing regional economic development by focusing on micro enterprises. Additionally, increased hands-on learning opportunities provide students with tremendous learning opportunities in marketing, management and finance.