MBA Specializations

Students in the Flex MBA program can choose from 15 optional MBA specializations. Specializations are completed by taking a group of designated electives as part of the general MBA elective requirement.

Completing a specialization does not extend the program. Students can specialize in more than one area, or select a mix of courses based on personal or professional goals. For more information about individual specializations, view the elective courses within the MBA specializations below.

Visit the Online Course Catalog to view a list of course offerings and descriptions. 

MBA Specializations and Elective Courses:

Accounting
Students in the accounting specialization must complete four courses from the list below:

MBA AF 611: Intermediate Accounting
MBA AF 612: Cost Accounting
MBA AF 613: Federal Tax Planning
MBA AF 614: Financial and Managerial Auditing
MBA AF 615: International Accounting
MBA AF 616: Financial Statement Analysis
MBA AF 617: Management Accounting and Control
MBA AF 618: Accounting Information Systems
MBA AF 691: Financial Accounting Theory and Analysis
MBA AF 633: Advanced Federal Taxation
MBA AF 631: Environmental Accounting and Finance
MBA AF 637: Financial Reporting Fraud Examination
Business Analytics
Students in the business analytics specialization must complete a total of four courses:

Required Courses
MSIS 670: Enterprise Business Intelligence
MSIS 671: Enterprise Data Warehousing for Business Intelligence
MSIS 672: Enterprise Data Mining for Predictive Analytics

Electives (choose one)
MSIS 611: Knowledge Management
MSIS 620: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Technology
MSIS 656: Information Storage and Management
Entrepreneurship
Students in the entrepreneurship specialization must complete a total of four courses:

Required Course
MBAMGT 667: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
MBAMGT 698: Practicum (relevant internship required)

Electives (choose 2):
MBA AF 623: Financial Modeling
MBAMGT 673: Clean-Tech Entrepreneurship
MBAMGT 684: Social Enterprise and Poverty Alleviation
MBAMGT 687: Nonprofit Management
MBAMKT 692: New Product Development
MBAMKT 677: Database & Internet Marketing
MSIS 610: Innovation in Information Technology Management
MSIS 620: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Technology
MSIS 622: E-business and E-commerce
Environmental Management
Students in the environmental management specialization must complete three courses from the list below:

MBAMGT 671L: Introduction to Environmental Management
MBAMGT 673: Clean Energy Entrepreneurship and Sustainability
MBAMGT 678: Environmental Management - Implementation Issues
MBAMGT 688L: Global Warming and International Business Management
MBAMGT 696: Study (relevant topic and instructor approval required)
MBAMGT 698: Practicum (relevant internship required)
MBA AF 631: Environmental Accounting and Finance
ENVSCI 670L: Environmental and Energy Economics
MBAMGT 674L/ENVSCI 674L: Climate and Energy: Law, Policy, and Management
ENVSCI675L Economics of Renewables: Marine & Energy Resource
ENVSCI718L Environmental Law & Policy: Federal Agencies, Courts, and Congress
ECON697 Special Topics: Applied Economics Practicum: Optimizing the UMass Boston Decarbonization Plan
Finance
Students in the finance specialization must complete four courses from the list below:

MBA AF 603: Massachusetts in the Global Economy
MBA AF 611: Intermediate Accounting
MBA AF 616: Financial Statement Analysis
MBA AF 621: Advanced Corporate Finance
MBA AF 622: Global Portfolio Investment Management
MBA AF 623: Financial Modeling
MBA AF 624: Managing Mutual Funds
MBA AF 625: Derivative Securities
MBA AF 626: International Financial Management
MBA AF 627: Health System Financial Management
MBA AF 628: Portfolio Analysis and Investment Management
MBA AF 629: Managing Financial Institutions
MBA AF 630: International Economy and Business
MBA AF 631: Environmental Accounting and Finance
MBA AF 632: Asset Management Practicum
MBA AF 634: Risk Management
MBA AF 635: Mergers & Acquisitions
MBA AF 636: Quantitative Analysis of Business Data
Healthcare Management
Students in the healthcare management specialization must complete three courses from the list below:

MBA AF 627: Health System Financial Management
MBAMGT 680: Management of Health Organizations
MBAMGT 681: The Health System and Public Policy
MBAMGT 696: Independent Study
MBAMKT 669: Social and Nonprofit Marketing
Healthcare Informatics
Students in the healthcare informatics specialization must complete the following four courses:

MSIS 632: Introduction to Health Informatics
MSIS 633: Health Information Exchange: Management & Technology
MSIS 634: Health Information Privacy & Security
MSIS 635: Health Information Analytics
Human Resource Management
Students in the HR management specialization must complete three courses from the list below:

MBAMGT 651: Personnel Management and Human Resource Planning
MBAMGT 652: Labor Relations
MBAMGT 653: Organizational Diagnosis and Change
MBAMGT 654: Compensation and Benefits
MBAMGT 664: Legal Environment of Business
MBAMGT 683: Leadership and Management in the 21st Century
MBAMGT 665: Cross-Cultural and Comparative Management OR MBAMGT 666: Diversity in the Global Workplace
Information Systems
Students in the information systems specialization must complete four courses from the list below:

MSIS 610: Innovation in Information Technology Management
MSIS 611: Knowledge Management
MSIS 612: IT Controls and Auditing
MSIS 613: Information Security, Privacy, and Regulatory Compliance
MSIS 614: Business Data Communications and Computer Networks
MSIS 615: Object-Oriented Information Systems
MSIS 617: Management of the Supply Chain
MSIS 618: Database Management
MSIS 619: Systems Analysis and Design
MSIS 620: Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Technology
MSIS 630: Project and Change Management
International Management
Students in the international management specialization must complete four courses from the list below, and must choose courses from at least 3 of the 4 areas listed.

Accounting/Finance Courses
MBA AF 603: Massachusetts in the Global Economy
MBA AF 615: International Accounting
MBA AF 622: Global Portfolio Investment Management
MBA AF 626: International Financial Management
MBA AF 630: International Economy and Business

Management Courses
MBAMGT 665: International and Comparative Management
MBAMGT 666: Diversity in the Global Workplace
MBAMGT 675: Managing in the Global Economy
MBAMGT 677: Multinational Corporations and Globalization
MBAMGT 685: Global Industry and Competitive Analysis (study abroad trip, varies each term)
MBAMGT 688L: Business and Climate Change

Marketing Courses
MBAMKT 674: International Marketing
MBAMKT 680: Entrepreneurship in the US & China (study abroad trip)

Information Systems Course
MSIS 617: Management of the Supply Chain
Internet Marketing
Students in the internet marketing specialization must complete four courses from the list below:

MBAMKT 668: Entrepreneurship
MBAMKT 671: Marketing Research
MBAMKT 673: Marketing Communications
MBAMKT 675: Business-to-business Marketing
MBAMKT 677: Database & Internet Marketing
MBAMKT 684: Brand Management
MBAMKT 692: New Product Development
MBAMKT 691: Social Media Marketing
MBAMKT 676: Marketing Analytics
MBAMKT 681: Digital Marketing
MBAMKT 697: Marketing Special Topics
Leadership & Organizational Change
Students in the leadership & organizational change specialization must complete a total of four courses:

Required Courses
MBAMGT 683: Leadership & Management in the 21st Century
MBAMGT 666: Diversity in the Global Workplace (may also take MBAMGT 665: Cross-Cultural and Comparative Management if MBAMGT 666 is not offered)

Electives (choose 2):
MBAMGT 651: Personnel Management and Human Resource Planning
MBAMGT 653: Organizational Diagnosis and Change
MBAMGT 664: The Legal Environment of Business
MBAMGT 665: Cross-Cultural and Comparative Management
MBAMGT 667: Entrepreneurship/New Venture Creation
MBAMGT 671: Introduction to Environmental Management
MBAMGT 675: Managing in the Global Economy
MBAMGT 684: Social Enterprise and Poverty Alleviation
MBAMGT 687:Nonprofit Management
MBAMKT 672: Services Marketing
MBAMKT 691: Social Media Marketing
Marketing
Students in the marketing specialization must complete four courses from the list below:

MBAMKT 668: Entrepreneurship
MBAMKT 671: Marketing Research
MBAMKT 672: Services Marketing
MBAMKT 673: Marketing Communications
MBAMKT 674: International Marketing
MBAMKT 675: Business-to-Business Marketing
MBAMKT 677: Database & Internet Marketing
MBAMKT 691: Social Media Marketing
MBAMKT 692: New Product Development
MBAMKT 669: Social and Nonprofit Marketing (currently listed as MBAMKT 697: Special Topics)
Nonprofit Management
Students in the nonprofit management specialization must complete four courses, as follows:

Required Course
MBAMGT 687: Nonprofit Management

Electives (choose 3):
MBAMGT 684: Social Enterprise and Poverty Alleviation
MBAMKT 697: Social and Nonprofit Marketing
PPOL-G 751: Public Policy Challenges: Urban Nonprofit Organizations

Maximum 1 from the following:
MBA AF 627: Health System Financial Management
MBAMGT 680: Management of Health Care Organizations
MBAMGT 681: Health Systems and Public Policy
Supply Chain and Service Management
Students in the supply chain and service management specialization must complete three courses from the list below:

MBAMS 652: Lean & Six Sigma
MBAMS 631: Operational Risk Management
MSIS 617: Management of the Supply Chain
MSIS 621: IT Services and Operations
MSIS 630: Project and Change Management