The College of Management’s mission is to cultivate the next generation of business and community leaders by providing accessible and exceptional learning experiences, backed by cutting-edge intellectual contributions and professional engagement.
The College of Management offers two undergraduate degrees and six graduate degree programs. Programs consist of coursework from each of four following departments.
Accounting & Finance
The College of Management offers a full range of accounting courses, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, covering topics in introductory, intermediate and advanced financial accounting, financial statement analysis, international accounting standards, governmental and nonprofit accounting, introductory and advanced management accounting, cost accounting, planning and managerial control, accounting information systems, tax accounting, auditing, and fraud examination. The curriculum has been designed to provide the essential knowledge and skills required for successful professional careers in accounting. The curriculum has also been designed to provide sufficient coursework for students preparing to pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accounting (CMA) examinations.
Students can prepare for a wide variety of careers such as financial, cost and management accountants, fund accountants, budget analysts, tax analysts, and auditors. Our graduates work in large and small public accounting firms as well as the accounting and finance departments of corporations, small businesses, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
The College of Management offers a wide selection of state-of-the-art finance courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, covering topics in corporate finance, investments, portfolio management, financial institutions and markets, and financial policy. The curriculum has been carefully designed to reflect the essential knowledge and skills necessary for success in a career in finance. Many graduates find the curriculum useful to pursue the coveted Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Graduates of the program have begun careers as financial analysts, investment bankers, portfolio managers, brokers, loan officers, credit analysts, and insurance adjusters. Our alumni work in the investment, banking, high-tech, and biotechnology industries as well as in government and nonprofit organizations.
In addition to the required course work, finance majors are offered opportunities to participate in extra-curricular programs, including internships at State Street Bank and the Accounting and Finance Club. Students have the unique opportunity to manage a portfolio of funds and can obtain Bloomberg Terminal training and certification.
In the field of management, students have the opportunity to explore and develop critical managerial and entrepreneurial skills in:
- decision making
- conflict management
- venture creation
The area of study provides students not only with technical skills but also with the ability to manage people and resources effectively. Students can focus their studies on a number of different management areas such as:
- human resource management
- nonprofit management
- managerial effectiveness
- international management
Students who study management are well prepared for positions in the financial, biotechnology, high-tech, nonprofit, computer, and telecommunications industries, as well as in the education, insurance, and health care fields.
Our alumni work as account executives, human resources managers, consultants, recruiters, and retail managers, and several have started their own firms.
Management Science and Information Systems
Information systems is the study of a system and how technology can be incorporated into that system to make it fully functional and efficient. As companies increasingly digitize their operations and their products and services, an IT job involves identifying the best technology for new process or product offering. Some areas of study in information systems include system analysis and design, databases, software engineering, networking, human-centered computing (HCC), health informatics, business intelligence, knowledge management, security, project management, and decision sciences.
Currently, information systems are transforming all aspects of business. Students who study Management Information Systems (MIS) acquire the knowledge and skills needed to take a leading role in this innovative field and have multiple career opportunities. CM's curriculum is designed to develop agile problem solvers able to cover planning, design, implementation, and management of systems in an electronic and digital world using the latest technologies.
MIS graduates are in demand in both IT and non-IT companies in both private and nonprofit sectors, in a variety of industries including health care, transportation, government, high-tech, financial services, education and manufacturing. Our alumni work in systems development, database administration, network technology, and business technology.
Supply chain management touches every function of global commerce: marketing, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, inventory management, information technology, and customer relations. In a modern business, it is not simply a tactical function; it’s a business function essential to the competitiveness of the enterprise. Tighter trading partner collaborations demand expanded logistics capabilities. Modern supply chains and service management is about the people, processes, and technology that are at the core of the enterprise and propel products through the global economy.
In Massachusetts and around the world, an agile supply chain is a main competitive advantage. The supply chain and service management curriculum at UMass Boston's College of Management provides undergraduates with the skills, knowledge, and practical experience to become tomorrow’s goods and services supply chain leaders.
Marketing is an organizational function and a set of processes for creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers, and for managing customer relationships in ways that benefit the organization and its stakeholders. It contributes directly to achieve profit and growth for the company. A focus in marketing allows students to find opportunities in local, national, and international businesses, as well as in government and nonprofit organizations.
Career paths lead from entry points in retail, sales, services marketing, marketing research and database management, advertising, promotion, product management, brand management, customer relations, and direct and electronic marketing.