Overview

Applicants
36
Acceptance Rate
92%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.15
Years Work Experience
11
Average Age
35

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
525 - 583
GPA
2.97 - 3.40

Deadlines


Regular Application Deadline
July 15

Rolling Admission Deadline
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Interviews
Work Experience
Other Factors

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Private

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
44

80
Full-time
39
Female
20
Part-time
7
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Offering “more of a technical leadership program than a traditional MBA,” the School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute unites a broad-based degree in business essentials with highly specialized instruction in technology and technology management to fit the needs of graduate-level biz-savvy technophiles. Students appreciate the value of this approach; “The technology focus is great, considering where the business world is headed,” one MBA observes. Another explains that the program “works very well in the intersection of business and technology, teaching us how to create and extract maximum value” from that nexus.

WPI’s forty-eight-credit hour program features ten highly-integrated required courses; two major projects; and four electives. All coursework is taught from a technological perspective and practical applications to business theory are emphasized. Students tailor their education via electives in cutting-edge fields such as information security management, process design, or technological innovation. In addition to electives offered through the business school, WPI students can enroll in graduate-level electives in other departments, including computer science, biomedical engineering, and electrical engineering. Students may study on campus, online, or switch back and forth between the two formats, an arrangement they love. “You can take classes online or portions of it online in case you are away on business and can’t make the class one night,” creating a “high amount of schedule[ing] flexibility.”

WPI is committed to keeping up with the Data Age, with “courses updated frequently” and online course delivery “allowing for larger numbers of students to take classes, so I have never been closed out of a class.” It isn’t just all-tech, all-the-time at WPI; professors “express strong concerns with teaching us the importance of ethics applied in business management.” Course work, students warn, “is fairly extensive, averaging about three to six hours per week per credit for reading and homework,” but “professors are fair in their grading and flexible to accommodate working student schedules,” which helps. Administrators “operate the program seamlessly,” another plus.


Concentrations

Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Administration
Information Systems/Information Technology
Leadership/Management
Marketing
MS/MBA - Dual Degree
Organizational Behavior
Supply Chain Management

Center for Research

Entrepeneurship
Healthcare Administration
Information Systems/Information Technology

Specialities of Faculty


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
http://www.wpi.edu/about/Sustainability/index.html

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description
Business students may do sustainability research within their b-school coursework and may also take environmental engineering courses as MBA electives.

School's environmental commitment 1:
Student projects focused on sustainability on campus and around the world.

School's environmental commitment 2:
The Foisie School of Business offers the following Sustainability courses: Intro. to Sustainability Management; Energy Management; Green Supply Chain Management

School's environmental commitment 3:
B-school employees and students actively reduce, reuse, and recycle waste. Staff are encouraged to turn off lights, computers, and turn heat down on breaks.

Career Overview

Average Starting Salary
$120,488
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
0%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
87%
Unknown
13%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

38%
General Management
9%
Marketing
9%
Finance/Accounting
6%
Operations/Logistics
3%
Consulting
3%
Information Technology
3%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

86%
Northeast
7%
West
3%
International
3%
Midwest
3%
South

Students Say

A high percentage of WPI students work full time, many receiving tuition reimbursement from their current company while pursuing the MBA. Therefore, most will continue at the same company after completing the WPI program. However, those considering a career change can receive support and guidance through the university’s Career Development Center, which serves the undergraduate, graduate, and alumni population. The CDC offers career counseling, workshops, and assessments, and maintains contact with region- al employers and WPI alumni. The CDC also hosts several annual campus career fairs. Students appreciate “the way [WPI] fosters and enables networking opportunities and works with the students toward their career goals.”

Employers who most frequently hire WPI MBAs include: BAE Systems, EMC, Fidelity, GE, Intel, Raytheon, Staples, Teradyne, and Textron.


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
General Management 38% $122,250 $122,250 $107,000 $137,000
Quantitative 27%
Finance / Accounting 9% $77,950 $77,950
Marketing / Sales 9%
Operations / Logistics 6%
Consulting 3%
Information Technology 3%
Other 3%
Non-Profit 3%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Manufacturing 60% $118,000 $110,075 $67,300 $137,000
Technology 16%
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 9%
Petroleum / Energy 6%
Consulting 3%
Financial Services 3%
Government 3%

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jun 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$4,800

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$4,098

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
25%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
2%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
25%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
1%

New Students Receiving Loans
25%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$32,784
Tuition (Out-State)
$32,784
Fees (In-State)
$60
Fees (Out-State)
$60

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,366
Tuition (Out-State)
$1,366
Fees (In-State)
$30
Fees (Out-State)
$30

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$8,100
Academic Expenses
$1,100

Student Body Profile

Total Full-Time Enrollment
169
Part Time
95%


Demographics

25% female
75% male

Campus Life

Students Say

WPI occupies “a small urban campus with excellent access,” making it easy for busy part-time students to zip in and zip out for classes, group meetings, etc. Students tell us that the library and student center are excellent resources; both “are well-staffed, clean, and contain useful equipment and products to support the learning environment.” The program “offers a variety of activities and events throughout the year. These events range from academic to social to career-driven to special interests.” To the extent that time per- mits, students “are not only actively engaged in school-related activities, but also go out of their way to actively participate in building a better world for the future. From holding forums on solar energy to fundraising for the community, WPI is always active in working to improve life for everyone [else].” Even the program’s many distance-learning-only par- ticipants are surprised by their level of engagement. “It is not what I expected...it is very interactive. I love chat sessions most.”

WPI MBAs tend to be “technical people in the stage of their careers [where they are ready] to transit[ion] from [a] professional role to [a] managerial position.” There are “multiple nationalities represented” among the students, most of whom “have a good comprehen- sion of English.”


More Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Melissa Terrio
Director of Recruiting and Admissions, School of Business

Address
50 Prescott Street
Worcester, MA 01609
United States

Phone
508-831-6345

Fax
508-831-5866

Email
business@wpi.edu


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