Overview

Applicants
59
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.20
Average Age
24

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
390 - 540
GPA
3.0 - 3.5

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic


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
No

Faculty Information


Students Say

A cozy business school in Louisville, Kentucky, Bellarmine University offers individual attention and personal growth within a practical MBA curriculum. The "small-school atmosphere and small classroom sizes" are a huge benefit of this program, allowing students to build close relationships with their professors and classmates. Academically, collaboration is a key aspect of the Bellarmine experience, and from the beginning of the program, "everything is team based." To encourage group problem solving, networking, and interaction, "Bellarmine groups its students into cohorts of four or five," and they take all core courses together. In fact, the program is designed to help students round out their qualitative abilities, and the curriculum places a strong "emphasis on improving student's writing, speaking, presentation, and teamwork skills." In the classroom setting, professors are "good at facilitating meaningful class discussions," which bring each student's experience to light. A current student agrees, "The cohort design and grouping throughout the weekend program has increased my team-building skills."

Bellarmine's faculty comprises "published and scholarly professors," who have a strong understanding of business theory. Nonetheless, real world skills are emphasized over academic analysis, and students are pushed to "learn through case studies in a team-oriented environment." Don't expect to lean back and snooze through a lecture; courses are discussion based and, often, small groups "lead case study discussions for the entire class." Bellarmine has deep ties in the local metropolis. "One of Bellarmine's advantages is that a majority of its professors have great career experience, and some are still working in the Louisville area." A student recounts, "We have accounting teachers who have headed departments for Deloitte; IRS Tax Attorneys teaching tax and business law; and a lawyer/econ Ph.D. who teaches economics and how to do business in non-capitalistic countries." Although the school "could offer a wider variety of MBA electives," students appreciate the varied experience faculty members bring to the classroom. Class work is often augmented by the invitation of special "speakers and contributors, who are able to share more recent 'real world' experiences" with the student body.

For working professionals, the Bellarmine MBA program is flexible, allowing students to tailor coursework to fit their busy schedules. Depending on the pace in which you complete coursework, the MBA can take anywhere from two to five years to complete. Classes are held in the evenings and on weekends. "The convenience is great for someone looking to go to school part time." Overall, the program is "very well run, with minimal red tape." When it comes to planning your schedule or paying your bills, "the administration is wonderful to work with, very helpful, and makes things easier on students." A "personal touch" distinguishes the experience, and "staff, faculty, and administration care about the students and their success."


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
www.bellarmine.edu

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
No

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
MBA elective on Sustainability

Career overview


Students Say

Preparation for the real world begins in the Bellarmine classroom. Professors "know what is going on in the job market today and how it will affect us when we leave." As such, teaching is geared toward practical applications, which students can take directly back to their jobs. Those looking to make a career change after the MBA have access to the campus Career Center, which maintains online job and internship boards and hosts a series of job development events on campus. Though many of these events are directed at the undergraduate community, MBA students can benefit from campus-wide career fairs or make appointment with career counselors for a resume and cover letter review.

Working full-time as they attend the program, most students will stay at their current company after graduation. Therefore, career services aren't as robust at Bellarmine as they are at other full-time MBA programs. There are "a lot of internship opportunities" offered through the career center, but an MBA student admits, "I have not seen a lot of recruiting, except for accounting or finance."


Prominent Alumni

Joseph P. Clayton
In 2001, was the CEO and now is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sirius Satellite Radio

Dr. James Heck
Inventor of the drug, Cancidas. Honored by the National Science Foundation for research.

Susan M. Ivey
Chairman, President/CEO Reynolds American Inc.

Angela Mason
Co-founder of ITS Services. Sold in 2003, with over 600 employees. One of America's top Aftrican-American Enterprises.

Leonard P. Spalding
Retired, CEO Chase Mutual funds Corp/Retired, Pres. & CEO Vista Capital Mgmt.

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics


Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
140
Part Time
64%

Foreign Countries Represented
10

Demographics

15.00%
Minorities
1.00%
International

36% female
64% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Bellarmine students come from "a wide variety of race, social, and educational back- grounds," and join the program "experienced in various fields of business." In the classroom, students are "very supportive and collaborative," and most enjoy the heavy emphasis on group work. To facilitate student interaction, there is a "very nice computer lab and library study area" in the business school facilities. "Students normally gather at common areas on campus" before attending classes. Overall, "the facility is very safe and excellent," and comfortably located on a "beautiful" campus.

With laudable time management skills, most students at Bellarmine "can balance class loads with their professional duties quite well." Nonetheless, Bellarmine graduate stu- dents have a lot on their plates, and most are "not very social outside of class." A student explains, "Most all of us have full-time jobs, so we have limited time to spend at school." Socializing, when it happens, is mostly low-key. For example, "many [students] try to go out after Friday class to have fun for a couple of hours."


More Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Dr. Sara Pettingill
Dean of Graduate Admissions

Address
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205
United States

Phone
(502) 272-8258

Fax
(502) 272-8002

Email
gradadmissions@bellarmine.edu


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