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The Massey Graduate School provides graduate business programs (MBA and MACC) to working and aspiring professionals in the Nashville area. All classes are offered in a weeknight, evening format.

 The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business was founded in 1986 through a gift from one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs. Mr. Massey remains as the only U.S. businessperson to ever take three different private companies (i.e., Kentucky Fried Chicken, HCA, and Winners Corp.) public to the New York Stock Exchange. The School was created to offer graduate business programs to Nashville area working professionals and offers a part-time and full-time MBA, as well as the Masters of Accountancy and a specialized part-time healthcare MBA--each in a weeknight, evening format on the Belmont University campus. Belmont is the only private university in Tennessee to maintain AACSB International accreditation in business and accounting. Massey's part-time MBA program was 28th in BusinessWeek's most recent national ranking of part-time MBA programs, and Fortune Magazine identified Belmont as one of the top five universities in the U.S. at which to study entrepreneurship.


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July 1

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Degrees Offered

Part-Time Professional MBA:
  • Move at your own pace with flexible scheduling designed for busy professionals
  • Fully accredited by the AACSB (one of only two private universities in TN)
  • Learn from world-class academic and professional pedigreed faculty who know your name
  • Create career building connections locally and around the globe
  • Participate in unique international study abroad experiences
  • Potential to qualify for a GMAT or GRE entrance exam waiver

One-Year Accelerated MBA:
  • Graduate in 12 short months
  • Specialize in one of nine concentrations, ranging from Business Intelligence to Healthcare Management
  • Fast-track prerequisite prep program offered in summer for undergraduate non-business majors

Healthcare MBA:
  • Designed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals
  • Part-time and flexible
  • Can be completed by attending class two evening per week in just two years

  • Ranked nationally by TFE as a Top 60 graduate accounting program in the U.S.
  • Can be completed in as little as 12 months
  • Includes a path for individuals without an undergraduate accounting degree

Academic Programs

The Jack C. Massey College of Business also includes the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Business Ethics, Center for International Business, and the Center for Executive Education, each of which houses additional learning opportunities for students. A Summer Accounting Institute option for aspiring MACC students offers non-accounting undergraduates a fast-track opportunity to begin their graduate accounting course work and a Summer Business Institute offers aspiring MBA students who did not major in business as undergraduates a similar opportunity to complete all MBA prerequisites in a single summer.

All graduate students complete a brief study-abroad experience course as part of their degree requirements. Trips are scheduled between terms and typically last 8-10 days. Destination options for 2016-17 include Great Britain, Ireland, Peru, South Africa, South Korea, and Taiwan.

The curriculum is designed with 2-credit hour courses instead of the traditional 3-credit format. This gives Massey students a greater breadth of curriculum in the core business/accounting offerings, while also assuring a greater number of electives for matching to a particular student career plan. All students also complete a required entrepreneurship course, as well as preparation in business ethics.

Special Academic Programs

Massey alumni appreciate the existence of the "Massey Passport" program that provides a lifetime opportunity for graduates to return to campus and attend graduate business classes for free on a space-available basis.

Massey graduate students who complete elective coursework (2 courses) in business negotiation and mediation are eligible for listing as an "Approved Rule 31 Mediator" by the Supreme Court of the State of Tennessee. MBA and MACC students alike are also eligible to earn industry certifications in lean management and six sigma (both green and black belts) through innovative corporate partnerships with HCA, Inc. and Healthcare Performance Partners.


Over 90% of graduate faculty are doctorally-qualified and full-time professors, while the remaining minority are full-time business executives. Continuing faculty are hired on the basis of their academic and professional preparation, as well as a demonstrated commitment to high-quality instruction.

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Students Say

For Nashville-area professionals looking to jump-start their career, Belmont University's graduate business programs offer a "great value." The professional MBA for working adults—Belmont's flagship program—offers a "great classroom-based education that is flexible enough for a working student." With all classes held at night, most Belmont students are juggling career and studies; fortunately, "educators understand [students'] work/life demands" and "are consistently flexible when [students need] to balance work and life with academics." Belmont's core curriculum covers a wide breadth of business areas, including basics like finance, business law, and technology, as well as more innovative topics in entrepreneurship and leadership. Neither highly qualitative nor quantitative, "the program is balanced between verbal, interpersonal, and mathematical reasoning abilities." Overall, the program is challenging, but "the pace is so fast that sometimes we are not able to cover some subjects in enough detail." If you do want to delve into details, the MBA offers the "flexibility to customize [your] degree" through areas of concentration in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, business intelligence, healthcare, marketing, or music business. Of particular note, every Belmont student must also participate in an international trip as a requirement of graduation; destinations range from Amsterdam to Beijing to Cape Town.

Working professionals want to learn skills they can apply in the workplace, and Belmont caters to that goal. Here, "the classes are focused on real world topics" and "the learning style is hands-on." In the classroom, "the program is largely case-based, encouraging students to use critical thinking skills and sharpen interpersonal skills," and across disciplines, "the professors encourage classroom discussion." The faculty further promotes Belmont's practical perspective by bringing their extensive business experience to the classroom. Like the students, most Belmont professors were "working professionals and therefore experts in the field they are teaching." At this friendly school, faculty members "give great practical advice" and are "truly interested in helping students learn and grow."

At Belmont, classes are uniformly small, with about twenty students in the average classroom. Students love the mix of big-name resources and intimate atmosphere, saying "Belmont has the feel of a small school with the professors and reputation of a top university." A student adds, "It is big enough to offer amenities and benefits of a large school, but small enough to still be a tight-knit group." On this community-oriented campus, "fellow students, the professors, and the school staff seem to sincerely care about me and each other."


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Career Overview

Students Say

The Massey College of Business Career Development Center serves undergraduate and graduate business students through individualized career coaching, interview training, resume preparation, and job and internship listings. After graduation, the vast majority of Massey graduates (about 85 percent) stay in the Middle Tennessee area, contributing to the school's strong alumni network in greater Nashville. While praising their school's deep ties in the region, students feel that "Belmont could improve more in getting more companies to recruit their students" and by drawing new employers from some of Nashville's largest industries, such as healthcare. In recent years, companies that have hired graduates of the Massey College of Business Administration, include AT&T, Dell, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, HCA, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Marriott, Sony/ATV, and WebMD.

Belmont MBA candidates are predominantly working professionals, and many aren't looking for a new position after graduation (rather, they are hoping to assume new responsibilities at their existing organization with the help of an MBA). However, should they someday be looking to make a change, Massey graduates can count on lifelong loyalty: All alumni have access to services offered through the Center for Career Development including a job posting site, career counseling, and various online tools.

Prominent Alumni

Damon Hininger
CEO, Correction Corporation of America

Claire M. Gulmi

Charles Hagood
CEO, Healthcare Performance Partners, Inc.

Anne Hatcher
VP Human Resources, HCA IT&S

Helen Lane
Partner, C3 Consulting


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Students Say

With its evening course schedule, accommodating staff, and practical approach to busi- ness, Belmont attracts many "young professionals up on current events and looking to advance their careers." At this school, "people are smart and hard workers, and have big, diverse goals [in] life," offering great opportunities to network in different industries. Between students, "the culture is professional but fun without being too rigid," and, though there is a mix of cultures and viewpoints, "everyone feels comfortable and gets to express their personal views." "There are numerous activities and clubs to take part in" through the business school, including honor societies and volunteer work. Even if they don't participate in campus activities, "everyone is still very social and friendly," and networking opportunities abound. A student explains, "Courses are structured with many group work requirements, which somewhat supercedes the need for student activ- ity groups, as we are all meeting together regularly."

Located on seventy-five acres in southeast Nashville, Belmont University has a "great urban location" and a comfortable campus environment, boasting modern classrooms and "beautiful flower gardens." Although most Belmont MBA students don't have extra time to take advantage of the resources on campus, they do appreciate the school's "convenient location." At the same time, Belmont has a growing reputation, and students say it's time to "significantly update some of [its] facilities and technologies to keep up with the expan- sion." Based on feedback, the Massey Business Center is currently in the midst of a $12 million complete renovation to improve the quality and delivery of educational services.

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Campus and Location

As an academic unit within Belmont University, The Massey Graduate School is located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, a rare place combining big-city charisma and small-town charm. Known internationally as "music city," Nashville is also a hotbed for entrepreneurship, healthcare, and international trade. Belmont University, a host campus for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Debates, is located on a 62-acre campus and maintains a total enrollment of - ~8,000 students.

All classes are held in the Jack C. Massey Business Center, which includes a variety of high-tech classrooms, computer labs, a finance trading center, and student support offices. Graduate students also have a separate computer lab workspace, as well as well-equipped study areas and high-tech collaboration spaces.

Tonya Hollin
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1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
United States




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