Students Say

For savvy business students, Isenberg School of Management unites convenience, quality, and cost. Any way you slice it, University of Massachusetts—Amherst is an “exceptional value,” boasting a low in-state tuition, yet all the prestige and resources you’d expect from the UMass name. All students who are accepted into the full-time MBA program are automatically enrolled in the graduate assistantship program. That deal is very sweet, covering tuition, fees, and healthcare.

Overview

Applicants
172
Acceptance Rate
21%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.30
Years Work Experience
4.7
Average Age
28

Test Scores

GMAT
593 - 665
GPA
3.0 - 3.4

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
December 1

Round 1
December 1

Round 2
February 1

Round 3
April 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Overall

Students Say

For savvy business students, Isenberg School of Management unites convenience, quality, and cost. Any way you slice it, University of Massachusetts—Amherst is an “exceptional value,” boasting a low in-state tuition, yet all the prestige and resources you’d expect from the UMass name. All students who are accepted into the full-time MBA program are automatically enrolled in the graduate assistantship program. That deal is very sweet, covering tuition, fees, and healthcare. A student enthuses, “The best business decision I’ve made so far is to get my MBA in the full-time program where all of my tuition and fees are waived and I get paid to be a research assistant!” A comprehensive 37 to 52-unit program(depending on concentration), the full-time MBA at UMass is completed on the school’s main campus over the course of two years. For those already in the workforce, Isenberg “caters to part-time students who have to work full-time” by offering a convenient part-time MBA, which can be completed in class at Holyoke, Shrewsbury, Boston, or online. In addition, UMass offers dual degree programs in many fields, including sports management, public policy and civil, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering.

Although the full-time MBA enrollment is usually under 50 students each year, UMass is a large, public university. Therefore, it can be “hard to get a hold of the administrators because they’re very busy.” A student continues, “The administration has been nearly invisible, which is exactly how it should be—there have been no hassles over courses or deadlines.” In 2013, the administration was reorganized under one Associate Dean and a Chair of the MBA faculty. In contrast, the academic experience is surprisingly intimate, boasting small class sizes and “very supportive” professors. In the classroom, “discussions are interesting and it’s easy to participate,” and professors “welcome discussion and feedback and are willing to let students run with ideas while still…keep[ing] us on track.”

Uniting practical knowledge with academic savvy, “professors are very knowledgeable within their respective fields” and “very current” on industry trends. Students also get a taste of the real world through various experiential learning opportunities. After completing the core curriculum, students have “freedom to choose courses, practicum, and search for jobs.” Among other offerings, the “Practicum” is a semester-long consulting project, which lets second-year students test their business acumen while working directly with for-profit and not-for-profit regional businesses. A current student enthuses, “The end-of-program practicum project is extremely well put together, and is valuable for both real-world experience and resume-building.”


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
65

35
Female
28
Minority

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM)

Department of Sport Management


McCormack Center for Sports Research and Education (MCSRE)


Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) Network

Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability

Sustainability course is

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Students can develop independent studies, for credit, in a specific sustainability topic.

Career overview

Career Rating
87
Average Starting Salary
$65,375

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

30%
Operations/Logistics
30%
General Management
30%
Other
10%
Finance/Accounting

Graduates Employed by Region

80%
Northeast
20%
South

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Operations / Logistics 30%
Other 30%
General Management 30%
Finance / Accounting 10%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Consumer Products 20%
Financial Services 20%
Non-profit 20%
Technology 20%
Manufacturing 10%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 10%

Prominent Alumni

Anshu Jain
Co-Chairman of the Board and Group Executive Committee Deutsche Bank

Edward Shirley
President & Chief Executive Officer Bacardi Limited

John Legere
Chief Executive Officer T-Mobile

John F. “Jack” Smith
Retired Chief Executive Officer General Motors

James Pallotta
Chairman and Managing Director of Raptor Group, and President of the Italian football club A.S. Roma

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$26,935

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
100%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
100%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$2,640
Tuition (Out-State)
$9,937
Fees (In-State)
$11,326
Fees (Out-State)
$18,102

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$825
Tuition (Out-State)
$825
Fees (In-State)
$0
Fees (Out-State)
$0

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$11,100
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$12,000
Academic Expenses
$4,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,190
Out of State
55%

In State
99%
Foreign Countries Represented
10

Demographics

10.00%
Minorities
40.00%
International

35% female
65% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Amherst, Massachusetts, is the quintessential college town, and students in the business program aren’t immune to their lively surroundings. Here, the atmosphere is collegial and friendly, and “students are active in clubs, sports/healthy living, arts activities, and more.” Moreover, “being a small program affords the majority of us to continue to practice our leadership skills in clubs, which provides a semblance of running a business and gives us high visibility in the university, with alumni, and in the broader community.”

With only 70 students in the full-time program, Isenberg is “truly a community.” During the challenging first-year curriculum, “the class gets very close, works hard together, and works to help each other.” In addition, “second-years are very active in helping the first-years adjust to the work load.” In their free time, MBA candidates get together for “hikes, pot-luck dinners, [or] ice skating,” and many attend the “weekly Thursday Night Out event sponsored by the Graduate Business Association.” On the school’s satellite campuses, students rarely get involved in any activities beyond classes. Nonetheless, they “enjoy interacting with the other students,” and tell us that, “the facilities function well for what we need to accomplish.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Katherine Piedra
Director, Full-time MBA

Address
305 Isenberg School of Management
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

Phone
413-545-5608

Email
mba@isenberg.umass.edu
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Key Stats

172
Applicants
1,190
Size
21%
Acceptance Rate

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