Clarkson's Graduate Business Programs

One of the reasons why Clarkson’s David D. Reh School of Business is lauded as one of the best business schools in the nation is because we are different—in a good way. Our undergraduate business programs and graduate business programs stand out because we design curricula and experiences outside the classroom in partnership with business leaders and proven entrepreneurs, to meet the targeted needs of the world’s most innovative companies.

These companies seek students who can ignite ideas across people and fields, and lead across the traditional boundaries of marketingeconomicsfinanceaccountinghuman resources, international relations and organizational communications. Students who bring solid business know-how with insight into engineeringglobal supply chain managementfinancial analysisdata analyticsinformation systems and more.

That’s exactly the type of career-launching business education you will receive at Clarkson. You will graduate with the confidence and resume that show you have the mindset, skillset and experience needed for outstanding career opportunities. And it’s those unparalleled career placement rates (97% in your chosen field) and great starting salaries that also drive national recognition of the Reh School of Business.

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Residential MBA

The Residential MBA is a 38-credit program that allows you to graduate in as little as nine months. In addition to our nine-month program, we also offer options that take you from your first class to graduation in one calendar year, 18 months or two years.

The MBA curriculum provides you with the foundational business skills needed to successfully understand, analyze and manage a business, while simultaneously allowing you to personalize your study plan with electives so you can tailor your MBA to your career goals. You’ll study theory and practical business application, develop critical leadership and problem-solving skills, and tackle multifaceted, real-world problems, preparing you for success in today’s ever-changing economy. Clarkson offers MBA dual degrees with Data Analytics and Environmental Policy to support your career goals.

The Residential MBA consists of foundation courses in 10 specified areas and 38 credit hours of advanced graduate work. Students with undergraduate business majors will waive most or all of the foundation courses.

Through careful planning, students with backgrounds in engineering, liberal arts, or science may complete the foundation courses as part of an undergraduate minor or through pursuing the Summer Business Concepts program offered online, preceding the start of the regular fall semester. 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 includes the following subjects:

  • Microeconomics
  • Operations and production management
  • Macroeconomics
  • Quantitative methods/statistics
  • Ethics
  • Financial and managerial accounting
  • Organizational behavior
  • Information technology
  • Marketing
  • Corporate finance

Curriculum (16 courses, 38 credits)

Beyond the foundation, the 38 credits of the Residential MBA degree program consist of 10 2-credit interrelated core modules, five 3-credit graduate elective courses, and a 3-credit experiential course. The core modules stress business functions, emphasizing the development of communication, interpersonal and managerial skills.

Core Modules

Required courses for the program are:

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

A Strategic Planning module (2 credits) is offered as a 12-week course during the spring semester or as an accelerated winter semester online course. The other modules are taught for seven weeks each during the fall semester.

Experiential Course

Experiential learning is a strong part of Clarkson’s culture so each student participating in the Residential MBA program is required to take a 3-credit-hour experiential course. Currently, the experiential requirement can be satisfied by participating in the Global Business Program or by taking the SB696 Global Business Strategies course. 

The Global Business Program offers several options that are designed to give you knowledge and new perspectives regarding international business, helping you develop critical skills necessary to compete and succeed in the global market. The most popular Global Business Program option is the course that includes a 2- to 3-week trip to an international destination, often led by the faculty from that area. This course offers a unique opportunity to explore business outside the traditional classroom boundaries and to provide a unique experience to your resume. This course also helps students explore the global management issues facing business leaders and organizations in different parts of the world.

Electives Include*:

  • AC623 Financial Statement Analysis
  • OM680 Strategic Project Management
  • AC636 Auditing
  • OM685 Quality Management and Process Improvement
  • AC648 Seminar in Accounting Information Systems and Auditing
  • OM671 Supply Chain Environmental Management
  • AC650 Accounting Research and Theory
  • OS657 Leading Organizational Change
  • EC660 Environmental Economics
  • OS666 Negotiations and Relationship Management
  • EC651 Industrial Organization in Supply Chain
  • SB658 Bridging the Innovation Gap
  • FN680 Strategic Financial Management
  • SB678 Inventive Practices
  • MK689 New Product Marketing
  • SB693 Seminar in International Business
  • MK696 Marketing Methods
  • SB696 Advanced Topics in Supply Chain Management
  • OM676 Developing and Managing Technology
*This list is one that represents electives that have been offered over the past several years and is provided for example purposes only. Some courses listed may not be offered each year.

Online MBA

The Online MBA is a 42-credit program that offers the same curriculum and award-winning faculty as the Residential MBA, but with the added flexibility needed to complete your degree at a pace that suits your individual goals and lifestyle. You can earn your MBA while working full-time. We designed our Online MBA to meet the needs of working professionals like you. Whether you want to increase your salary, become an executive or change careers, Clarkson’s Online MBA can help you make it happen.

Accredited by the AACSB, the Clarkson Online MBA program offers maximum flexibility and an exceptionally valuable degree. Master advanced topics in business and management through a curriculum designed to meet the needs of industry.

The Courses

The Clarkson online MBA is a total of 14 courses. There are ten core courses designed to provide you with a solid business foundation, and four electives so that you can tailor your MBA for the skills you want. Electives may also be used (upon advisement) to earn advanced certificates in addition to your MBA. There are also local concentrations, and interdisciplinary opportunities within the graduate school.

All students must complete the required core courses. The core courses are as follows:

  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior*
  • Business Information Systems
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • Corporate Ethical and Social Responsibility
  • Decision Analysis and Supply Chain Modeling
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management/Capstone

*The required Leadership and Organizational Behavior course is typically offered in an on-site intensive weekend format at either the Capital Region or Potsdam campuses. The course will be offered in person during the summer and fall semesters and offered online in the spring semester.

Capstone Project

As part of your capstone course, you will have the opportunity to apply what you have learned in your MBA studies to a real-world business problem. This prepares you well to hit the ground running when you take on new career challenges.

A Faculty of Proven Professionals

Clarkson professors bring industry experience into the classroom, combining theory and practice. You won’t just read about business, you’ll learn from proven professionals. Your online courses are taught by experienced, full-time professors. They give you personal attention to help you learn as an individual and to prepare you for success in today’s intensely competitive market.

Earn a Combined Degree

You can get a combined MBA/MS in Applied Data Science by completing 27 additional credits. Courses include:

  • Probability & Statistics for Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Database Modeling, Design & Implementation
  • Data Mining
  • Data Warehousing
  • Capstone Project
  • Information Visualization


Healthcare Management MBA

The Clarkson MBA in Healthcare Management is designed to help students understand the complexities of the healthcare system and to manage health and health-related facilities more effectively. Our graduates establish highly visible and successful careers in hospitals, health systems, health insurance companies, medical practices, technology and consulting firms, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and healthcare policy development institutions. Our MBA in Healthcare Management is one of only 28 programs in the country to offer dual AACSB and CAHME accreditation.

The MBA in Healthcare Management consists of 48 credits, which are used on seven core courses, seven advanced courses and two electives. Full-time students generally complete the healthcare management MBA program in two years or less, whereas part-time students generally complete the program in two to four years.

The MBA in Healthcare Management requires 16 courses in healthcare, business and management. Students can choose to pursue the program online or on-site. Either way, they can expect the same high-quality coursework taught by faculty at the top of their fields.

Online students participate in three on-site courses; each course is three days long and fulfills one course requirement. All other courses are offered either online or on-site in Schenectady over three 10-week terms and during an accelerated summer session. Courses offer a combination of business theory and hands-on experience in practical healthcare business applications, preparing students for business leadership positions across a broad range of disciplines in the vibrant healthcare industry.

Seven Core Courses: Seven Advanced Courses: Two Elective Courses (Choose 2):
  • Introduction to Health Systems 
  • Healthcare Finance 
  • Swiss Healthcare Study/Tour
  • Health Systems Management* 
  • Health Economics 
  • Healthcare Operations Research
  • Health Operations 
  • Health Informatics 
  • Group Practice Administration
  • Healthcare Leadership Proseminar* 
  • Structural Dynamics in Healthcare
  • Any MBA elective approved by advisor
  • Health Systems Marketing
  • Legal Aspects of Healthcare 
  • Statistical Methods for Data Analytics 
  • Health Policy and Managerial Epidemiology 
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
  • Strategic Issues for Healthcare Organizations (Health Capstone)*

* Online students participate in three on-site, three-day-weekend sessions.

Practical Experience Requirement

An internship is required for students who enter the program with little or no prior work experience. Most students who are working full-time waive the internship requirement. For others, the internship is a valuable resume builder and can often lead directly to a job offer.

The healthcare internship is typically performed in the summer between the first and second year of the graduate study program. However, many students opt to fulfill this requirement on a part-time basis (10 to 20 hours per week) throughout the academic year. Our healthcare management students successfully obtain high-quality paid internships with well-known and respected regional healthcare organizations, such as Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Albany Medical Center and Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center.

Combined Degree Program

Clarkson University also offers a Combined Degree Program for the MBA in Healthcare Management and MS in Healthcare Data Analytics. 

It has become increasingly valuable for people in management positions of health care organizations to possess both the business and management background provided by the Healthcare Management, MBA, and the skills and tools provided by the Healthcare Data Analytics, MS. Students can realize this powerful combination and take advantage of many synergies by working toward both degrees simultaneously.

View the Combined Degree Program curriculum. 


All students applying for Reh School of Business graduate programs will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships and need not fill out a separate scholarship form. As long as funds are available, scholarships are given based on academic achievement (GPA) and GMAT (or equivalent) results. Additional consideration may also be given based upon the overall merits of an application.

There are four award levels associated with the Reh School of Business programs (see below). These guaranteed levels range between at least 15% up to at least 75% tuition discount**, based upon the overall merits of the candidates’ application. Awards are based on a percentage of the total cost of the specific program you are applying to. ***

  1. Fellowship (3.3 GPA, 550 GMAT) – at least 15%
  2. Dean’s (3.5 GPA, 600 GMAT) – at least 25%
  3. Presidential (3.7 GPA, 650 GMAT) – at least 40%
  4. Trustees (3.9 GPA, 700 GMAT) – at least 75%

Clarkson students are expected to continue satisfactory academic standing in order maintain scholarship status (must carry a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in all graduate coursework). Accelerated BS/BA/MBA students who wish to qualify for merit scholarships should take the GMAT regardless of their grade point average.

Merit Scholarship Policy

*Candidates who have the GMAT (or equivalent) requirement waived as part of their application may still be considered for a merit-based scholarship. Levels will be based upon overall merits of the application, with a minimum award of at least 15%.
**Scholarship awards are for the full duration of enrollment in the program of study, and actual awards each semester are prorated based on credits pursued.
***Applicants who are receiving an employer benefit must select either the discount rate available through Clarkson’s agreement with their employer, or the merit-based scholarship award (the higher of the two), but not both.

If you are an applicant who commits to Reh for a residential, cohort-based business one- year program (e.g. Potsdam-based MBA and CRC based Healthcare MBA) by the deadlines listed below, you will be eligible (upon enrollment in the program) to receive an additional “Commit to Reh” award. This award would be added to your existing merit scholarship. These awards vary based upon the level of merit award given. The schedule is also provided below:

Commitment Deadlines:

  • Summer and Fall Quarter Start (Healthcare MBA): March 1st
  • Spring Semester (Potsdam-based MBA): November 1st
  • Fall Semester (Potsdam-based MBA): March 1st

Award Levels for Early Decision Recipients:

  • $3,000 Fellowship Level
  • $5,000 Dean’s Level
  • $7,000 Presidential Level
  • $9,000 Trustees Level

If you are interested in learning more, have questions or are ready to apply, contact:

Jack Jones
Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment

Office of Graduate Admissions
Clarkson University