Founded in 1982 and just 45 minutes outside of Boston, Clark University offers students an MBA that is founded on principles of social innovation by incorporating social responsibility, sustainability, and ethical business into every aspect of the program.
“Fundamental to our school’s ethos is the belief that social innovation is everyone’s business. We are committed to equipping leaders for a lifetime of success founded on the principles of social responsibility, sustainability, and ethical business practice,” says Dean Alan Eisner.
As MBA programs go, Clark University’s Graduate School of Management is an intimate program with just over 150 full-time students. Clark’s students are largely international, with nearly six out of every 10 students from outside the U.S., and young, with an average age of 25. The school is generally known for social innovation, their diverse body of friendly students, cutting-edge courses and programs, teamwork, and emphasis on the global economy.
For a small school that is off the radar, Clark SOM is proud to be recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as “Best Part-time MBA,” and is among the elite 5% of business schools to receive AACSB accreditation. The program hosts a total of 12 courses, amounting to 48 credit hours with one required internship.
The MBA offers students surprising versatility, with unique concentrations such as social change and sustainability and more mainstream specializations such as accounting, finance, global business, information systems, management, and marketing. The school’s curriculum emphasizes essential “soft” skills such as strategic decision-making, leadership, negotiation, and communication. Clark notably offers a unique Doing Business in Northern Europe Program, an accelerated four-week business course that takes place at a major university in Sweden. The school also offers dual master’s degrees in community development and planning as well as environmental science and policy.
As part of Clarks’ commitment to exposing students to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, students participate in experiential learning opportunities such as consulting project courses where they actively engage with local, national and global businesses and organizations. These multicultural interactions benefit businesses, enhance learning, and strengthen students’ connections to the world.
Outside of participating in required curriculum and events, students participate in conferences, the SOM student council, numerous clubs, student leadership development programs, business analytics competitions, and internships.