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    The D'Amore-McKim School of Business offers seven concentrations in the principal fields of business:

    Accounting  
    Entrepreneurship and Innovation 
    Finance
    Management   
    Management Information Systems  
    Marketing
    Supply Chain Management 

    By the end of freshman year, students are asked to declare an initial concentration. Each concentration requires four courses in one specific area of business.

    For a complete list of course descriptions, please download the PDF by clicking here.


    Accounting (ACCT)

    A concentration in accounting prepares the graduate for entry into one of the fastest-growing and most critical areas of management. In today's complex, ever-changing business environment, accounting requires people with sound technical knowledge, critical thinking, superior interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate effectively.

    Accounting is a discipline that can open the doors to many opportunities. Accountants work in a variety of positions and hold such titles as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Managing Partner, Tax Partner and even FBI Agent.

    To prepare for an accounting career, students take courses in financial reporting, managerial accounting and accounting information systems. Elective courses are available for more specialized study in strategic cost analysis, assurance services and taxation. In addition, as part of the program of study, students will have the opportunity to derive valuable "real-world" experience through the co-op program.

    CPA Requirements
    In Massachusetts and many other states, there is a requirement that students must complete 150 semester hours of college education prior to sitting for the CPA exam. Since this requirement can be met in a variety of ways, we recommend you discuss your options with an accounting faculty member. For the Massachusetts State requirements, please refer to this website.

    Northeastern University has developed a graduate program to meet the CPA requirements. This program, which has been approved by the Massachusetts State Board of Accountancy, provides students with the flexibility to obtain a Masters of Science degree in Accounting (MSA) and qualifies graduates to sit for the CPA exam. All details concerning this program can be found on the School's graduate programs page. 

    For an overview of the Accounting concentration, please download the PDF by clicking here.  

    For more information, please visit the Accounting Group


    Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTR)

    The concentration in entrepreneurship helps students develop the skills needed to work effectively within a small business or to start or acquire and manage a business of their own.

    Students learn to assess their personal aptitude and potential for small business, find and evaluate business opportunities, secure essential funding and organize and manage such functional business areas as manufacturing, marketing, accounting, and finance. Courses are offered in entrepreneurship, starting and managing new businesses, small business finance, and planning and growing new ventures.

    The Entrepreneurship concentration also helps students prepare for careers in sales management, banking, public accounting and other areas relevant to the small business environment.  

    For an overview of the Entrepreneurship concentration, please download the PDF by clicking here.  

    For more information, please visit the Entrepreneurship Group.


    Finance  (FINA)

    The role of people trained in finance is expanding rapidly within the business world. Changes on the financial scene, rising securities prices, fluctuating inflation and interest rates, and scarcity of capital have created an awareness that financial knowledge is essential to the effective management of business firms. Finance is the management and investment of money and other assets for business, financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, governments and individuals.

    The finance concentration draws on accounting principles, economic theory, and quantitative methods to direct the way money is managed, acquired and distributed. Students learn how economic systems operate and how money markets work within economic systems. They also learn to analyze economic trends and indications and to examine the movement and distribution of money.

    Students may focus their studies in one or more of the following areas: corporate finance, investments and portfolio analysis, financial risk management, and real estate. The finance concentration prepares students for careers in financial management, security analysis, investment management, private equity, venture capital, financial consulting, risk management with corporations, insurance companies and other financial institutions. 

    For an overview of the Finance concentration, please download the PDF by clicking here.   

    For more information, please visit the Finance Group.


    Management (MGMT)

    Managing- whether it's people, projects or programs, is challenging. It requires a considerable range of knowledge and skills. Effective managers must know the business, be interpersonally competent, behave ethically and diagnose human and organizational dynamics. Students in the Management concentration increase their knowledge of good management practices- they learn principles of motivation, communication, leadership, employee learning, organizational change and their impact on business results.

    Additionally, students must also improve their managing skills. Simply said, they need to learn "how to". It is one thing to learn about the principles of effective feedback (or negotiation or motivation or teams, etc.), and a very different thing to give productive feedback, negotiate effectively and manage a team. The aim of the management concentration is both to increase knowledge of management, so that students have a strong substantive "core", and to increase management skills.

    The curriculum offers courses in a range of relevant management topics. Some of the courses, including the required core course, are primarily skills-oriented; they teach "how to". Others are more content-oriented; they teach "about management". To enable students to gain exposure to a broad scope of management topics and issues, some of the courses consist of two topics, each of which is a half semester course.

    For an overview of the Management concentration, please download the PDF by clicking here.  

    For more information, please visit the Management and Organizational Development Group.


    Management Information Systems (MMIS)

    Businesses process materials, products and information. In the industrial era of the past, management of materials and products was the focus. In the Information Age, success for individuals and companies requires the ability to manage information effectively.

    The goal of the management information systems concentration is to teach future managers and analysts how to use Information Technology (IT) to help individuals and organizations perform more efficiently and effectively. Students develop new cutting edge approaches that allow them to use this powerful resource to its greatest advantage. Delivering the right information in the right form and format to the right people at the right time is essential in today's business world.

    Companies use management information systems to achieve a competitive edge through the intelligent design and use of IT. Students study database management, telecommunications, system analysis and design and other IT topics, such as digital multimedia, electronic business and knowledge management.

    Management information systems can only be effectively designed and implemented when understood in the context of the individual user, the work group, the organization and society. Therefore, the study of management information systems combines a focus on technology with a focus on organizational systems within the business context. Not only do students develop technical and problem-solving skills that are in high demand by employers, they learn to identify how IT can best be used within a business organization.

    MISM managers interact frequently with other managers throughout an organization; therefore, students are encouraged to complete a dual concentration in management information systems and another area of business. Graduates of this program enter a wide range of professions that suit their particular interests. Professional options include systems analyst, programmer, database designer and administrator, Web master, software help desk expert, project specialist, consultant, network administrator, and IT specialist within other departments such as financial services, accounting, marketing, or manufacturing.

    For an overview of MMIS concentration, please download the PDF by clicking here

    For more information, please visit the Management and Organizational Development Group.


    Marketing (MKTG)

     A business not only designs and manufactures products, but also markets and sells them to manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers. All the activities that direct the flow of goods and services from producer to consumer are classified as marketing concerns. Once an organization determines a customer's needs and wants, its first objective is to produce goods or services to satisfy that particular consumer. Essential in all types of businesses are product design, research, pricing, packaging, transportation, advertising, selling, and servicing.

    The concentration in marketing is designed to familiarize students with the marketing process and to provide them with the theoretical concepts, skills, and tools necessary to successfully enter and advance in one of many possible career paths. Students learn to evaluate consumer behavior, employ advertising principles, utilize market research and testing, and develop ways to position products and services in a favorable light. They also explore the changing economic, political, legal, ethical, and cultural contexts in which marketing strategies must be developed.

    Students may select courses that lead to one of many career paths within marketing: product or brand management, marketing research, advertising management, retail management, sales management, or international marketing management. 

    For an overview of the Marketing concentration, please download the PDF by clicking here

    For more information, please visit the Marketing Group


    Supply Chain Management (SUPC)

    From the Fortune 500 manufacturer to the small firm that produces, sells, or distributes products, all companies have a supply chain management function that must be effectively managed to be competitive. A supply chain manager is typically involved in making critical decisions about such matters as the modes of transportation used to move the company's materials and products, inventory policies, warehousing needs, customer service standards and the location of facilities.

    As companies become increasingly involved in global markets as both buyers and sellers, supply chain managers play a major role not only in assessing the feasibility of international activity, but also in developing supply and distribution networks to support that involvement. The policies that these managers help formulate are major determinants of a company's success in the international arena.

    The academic work in the supply chain management concentration flows from introductory courses that address the decisions outlined above through advanced study of the formulation of supply chain strategies. The program culminates in a senior seminar that not only introduces students to industry leaders in the field, but also focuses on development of individual research and presentation skills.

    Because supply chain managers frequently interact with those involved in other areas of management, many students choose to complete a second concentration in another area such as marketing, finance, or international business.

    In addition to finding career opportunities with manufacturers, retailers and distributors, supply chain management students may find opportunities with companies that sell supply chain services or transportation services in the marketplace. Consulting firms and government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels provide other career options. 

    For an overview of the Supply Chain Management concentration, please download the PDF by clicking here.  

    For more information, please visit the Supply Chain and Information Management Group.



  • Interested in an MS in Accounting?

    Northeastern's MS in Accounting program for accounting majors prepares students for the advanced knowledge of accounting necessary to take the CPA exam. Approved by the state Board of Accountancy in Massachusetts, it is an accelerated program that may be started the summer of your junior year as long as you have done advanced planning with your Academic Advisor and completed all prerequisites.

     

    For more information on how the Master of Science in Accounting program works, please download the informational PDF here.

  • Interested in an MS in Finance?

    Our Plus One program allows you to earn your BSBA degree with a concentration in Finance and an M.S. in Finance in just 9 semesters. 

     

    Interested students should speak with their Academic Advisor to learn more about the program.