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.

To view a list of course descriptions by college, visit the [ online course catalog ]

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
Health Care Management
Students in the health care 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
Health Care Informatics
Students in the accounting 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:

Minimum 2 of the following:
MBAMKT 671: Marketing Research
MBAMKT 673: Marketing Communications
MBAMKT 675: Business-to-business Marketing
MBAMKT 677: Database & Internet Marketing
MBAMKT 672: New Product Development

Maximum 2 of the following:
MBAMGT 667: Entrepreneurship/New Venture Creation
MSIS 611: Knowledge Management
MSIS 617: Management of the Supply Chain
MSIS 618: Database Management
MSIS 630: Project and Change Management
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 669: Social and Nonprofit Marketing (currently listed as MBAMKT 697: Special Topics)
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
MBAMGT 667: Entrepreneurship/New Venture Creation
MBAMGT 687: Nonprofit Management
MSIS 611: Knowledge Management and Business Intelligence
MSIS 617: Management of the Supply Chain
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