YOUR MBA. YOUR WAY. Full-time, Part-time or 100% Online
University of Massachusetts Amherst
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE ISENBERG MBA About the Program . . . . . .
Chase Career Center . . . . . . . .
Experiential Learning . . . . .
International Programs . . . . . . .
The Isenberg Community . .
Graduate Assistantships . . . . . .
Dedicated Faculty . . . . . . .
Veteran Services . . . . . . . . . . . .
Customizing Your MBA . . . .
MBA Student Networks . . . . . . .
Outstanding Advising . . . . . . . .
PROGRAM OPTIONS Full-time . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Requirements & Deadlines . . . . .
Part-time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Contact Information . . . . . . . . .
ABOUT THE PROGRAM The Isenberg MBA program is rigorous, AACSB-accredited, with a strong emphasis on experiential, collaborative learning. WE THINK BIG. We'll ask you to bring bold ideas to the table. You’ll develop your analytical muscle to tackle today’s biggest challenges and harness the most exciting opportunities.
WE CHALLENGE. We know you are motivated. We'll coach you to become become a creative problem-solver, levelheaded decision maker, and resilient leader.
WE COLLABORATE. Collaboration is part of our DNA. We'll train you to be an effective team player, help you meet challenges with a group and offer leadership when it's needed.
WE CONNECT. We’ll introduce you to a diverse group of peers and professionals. You’ll tap into our global alumni network to expand your connections.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
WE NEVER STOP EVOLVING. We value input and we'll act on it to shape and improve the program experience.
WE KNOW YOUR NAME. Our small class sizes mean individual attention. Professors will know your name, background, and interests. You'll build strong collegial relationships with your professors that last well beyond graduation.
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AT ISENBERG, we
put a strong emphasis on challenging, hands-on, “in-the-trenches” learning. Full-time MBA students, participating in teams, apply their classroom studies by consulting within forprofit or not-for-profit organizations.
MBA CONSULTING PROJECTS
have included clients such as: State Street Corporation, Toyota, Lego, MassMutual Financial Group, Yankee Candle, United Technology Corporation, and EMC. 6
BY BRIDGING THEORY TO PRACTICE,
the Isenberg MBA offers a wide range of career-building experiences involving real-time, complex top-management level issues, such as developing business plans for start-up entrepreneurs or solving operations management issues for large global companies. Business executives have engaged student teams to develop a global product entry plan for an environmental engineering systems company, to quantify the benefits of social media for a global business solutions provider, and to create a marketing plan for a fair labor watchdog organization.
Isenberg's highly supportive culture makes our students more enterprising, resilient, and productive in the business world. Our MBA program is more meaningful because of its team-oriented work ethic. Our students immerse themselves in hands-on projects and work hard to solve problems together. They want their colleagues to succeed. They are aware that a key aspect of leadership involves cultivating other peopleâ€™s best ideas as well as their own." Mark A. Fuller, PhD Dean, Isenberg School of Management Thomas O'Brien Endowed Chair
THE ISENBERG COMMUNITY Isenberg offers a truly collegial and supportive environment where students work in teams and help one another learn and grow. This atmosphere allows us to maintain a high quality of life and enjoy school throughout Isenberg’s challenging program. I can’t stress how much I value the strong relationships I’ve built with my colleagues – both fellow students and faculty." Marcelia Muehlke '12 Founder of Celia Grace LEARN MORE about the Isenberg community that sets us
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THE ISENBERG COMMUNITY
Many people donâ€™t understand how close and well-networked Isenberg MBA students are to each other. Over the course of the program, they come to know each other very well and often initiate life-long friendships and professional relationships.â€? Linda M. L. Peters Adjunct Professor, Isenberg School of Management 9
DEDICATED AND APPROACHABLE FACULTY The Isenberg MBA faculty includes world-renowned researchers and consultants with impressive academic and professional experience. They use real-world business cases as catalysts for relevant, engaging discussions and offer guidance as you develop your career plan.
I am always amazed at the wealth of innovative solutions that emerge from both my Full-time and Online classrooms. My students have a strong spirit of entrepreneurship. Theyâ€™re curious, intelligent, and experienced professionals who are committed to driving their careers forward.â€? Bob Nakosteen Professor Operations & Information Management
CUSTOMIZING YOUR MBA We believe strongly in cross-disciplinary education and want you to find the career development path that best supports your goals and passions. One of the advantages of choosing Isenberg is that the larger University of Massachusetts Amherst campus offers a wide network of resources and academic opportunities. MBA students interested in pursuing a specialized degree have the option of an MBA with a Focus in Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare Administration, Marketing, or Sport Management. The MBA with a Focus in Healthcare Administration is offered in collaboration with the UMass School of Public Health & Health Sciences. Full-time MBA students interested in combining their MBA with another degree can apply to one of the following dual degree programs: • MBA/MS Sport Management • MBA/MS Public Policy & Administration • MBA/MS Environmental Engineering • MBA/MS Civil Engineering • MBA/MS Industrial Engineering • MBA/MS Mechanical Engineering
CUSTOMIZING YOUR MBA
As an Isenberg student, you get to take advantage of educational opportunities elsewhere in the university that match your specific career interests. For instance, having the opportunity to take a class on Money, Credit, and Financial Markets in the UMass Economics department was extremely valuable for me in understanding how financial markets operate on a much more fundamental level." Spirit Joseph â€˜13 Program Manager Cooperative Fund of New England.
MBA FULL-TIME ON CAMPUS
Isenbergâ€™s Full-time MBA option is ideal for individuals who seek a handson, real world education through immersion in a rigorous two-year residency program. The Full-time MBA has a strong emphasis on experiential, collaborative learning allowing students to gain the skills demanded by today's global business climate. Isenbergâ€™s student-focused environment, exceptional career support, and opportunities for specialization facilitate student success.
Isenberg’s MBA Fellowships This competitive program allows students to dive into their studies free from financial burden, and to gain vital and unique experience working in a collaborative, experiential environment. All Full-time MBA students are awarded a two-year MBA Fellowship that includes: • Full-tuition support, a stipend, and health care benefits • Valuable professional experience that provides marketable skills while working on real-world problems and strategic initiatives at the school • Access to Isenberg's robust and influential network of alumni and faculty
Linda K. Enghagen, JD Associate Dean for Professional Programs
In the Isenberg MBA program, we see it as our mission to provide our students with the skills, knowledge and experiences that will serve as a foundation for launching them towards a successful career.”
THE FULL-TIME MBA OFFERS: • Hands-on Learning. Isenberg’s experiential approach means you’ll be confident encountering real-time, complex, management issues. • Career Advancement. Chase Career Center provides personalized job search strategies and one-on-one counseling to help you secure a career that fits your goals. • Global Connections. Study alongside a diverse group of peers, foster an international outlook by studying abroad, or tap into our global alumni network to expand your connections. • Faculty Support. The Isenberg MBA faculty includes worldrenowned researchers and consultants with impressive academic and professional experience who will help you develop your business skills and knowledge.
The UMass Amherst campus is nestled among a thriving, multicultural community in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. The area is renowned for its outstanding quality of life – including fascinating arts and culture, adventurous outdoor recreation, and a unique entrepreneurial spirit – all within easy access to some of the country’s most outstanding cities, including Boston and New York. FOOD
The sidewalks of Amherst are lined with limitless options for grabbing a quick bite or lingering over a four-course dinner. Whether it is at small cafes, artisan bakeries, ethnic eateries, casual micro breweries, or upscale restaurants, area chefs are clearly inspired by living in one of the country's preeminent agricultural regions.
The Amherst area enjoys the extreme of all four New England seasons: snowy winters, colorful springs, hot summers, and, most famously, incredibly vibrant autumns. Hikers, bikers, skiers, and snowboarders are never more than a half-hour from their next adrenaline rush. On campus, the newly built 120,000 square foot UMass Recreation Center is equipped with weights, fitness classes, an indoor jogging track, and a wellness center.
BUSINESS A number of top companies and industry leaders have made our region home to their corporate headquarters, including EMC, Lego, MassMutual Financial Group, United Technologies Corporation, and Yankee Candle. As part of a capstone consulting project, small teams of MBA students work with these and other companies to tackle challenges on their behalf and gain real-world experience.
LIFE IN THE PIONEER VALLEY
CULTURE Long a home to poets, artists, musicians, and academics, the Amherst area continues to attract a citizenry of forward-thinkers and free spirits, fueling a unique entrepreneurial culture and a strong support of local businesses.
MBA ONLINE ON YOUR TIME
Isenbergâ€™s Online MBA option is ideal for individuals who look to gain further skills without taking time off. It is designed with maximum flexibility to fit into the lives of working professionals who want to enhance their expertise and advance their careers. No campus visits are required as students can complete the entire degree online from anywhere in the world.
All my MBA colleagues come from excellent academic and industry backgrounds and have handled complex work assignments at well-known institutions. Most, if not all, of my classmates were in leadership roles in their companies or were seeking leadership roles; yet everyone worked so well together. We challenged each other to do better â€“ setting and sharing goals as a team.â€? Dr. Val Slayton, MBA '07 Vice President, Medical Affairs Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare
I get up and have my morning coffee with my online students; it’s a habit that I really enjoy. I’ve been teaching online for 10 years now. It’s challenging, and I love it. I am very connected to my students, and they are very connected to each other. Isenberg students have a strong sense of discipline and passion for learning that makes the experience very rewarding for me. They are committed, motivated, and take full advantage of every opportunity. Teaching them has made me a better professor.” Pamela Trafford, Senior Lecturer, Accounting
PROUD HISTORY: As an early adopter of online education, we have been offering an AACSB-accredited online MBA since 2001.
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MBA PART-TIME IN-PERSON & ONLINE
Isenberg’s Part-time MBA option is ideal for individuals in career transition who live in the Massachusetts area and would like to complement their flexible online learning experience with some face-to-face exposure to material, faculty, and colleagues. You can choose to take your classes at one of our satellite locations or online during any given semester. Courses can be taken at any of the live satellite campuses in: • Boston
The best of both worlds
The classroom is virtual. The connections are real. Join us at a satellite campus or virtually in Amherst. Courses have the same curriculum and accomplished faculty as full-time classes â€“ the difference lies in the freedom and convenience that the online and satellite environments offer our students.
You have the option to take 2 classes (6 credits) before applying for your MBA.
Students typically take 2-2.5 years on average to complete the program while working full-time.
The blend of classroom and online sessions attracted me to Isenberg. I could collaborate in person with my colleagues, but I also had the freedom to learn around my schedule. At the end of one of my classes, I was able to solve an unforeseen problem and apply it to my own job, saving my department $20,000. That was a great accomplishment for me. I had no idea that my coursework would impact my career so dramatically while still earning my degree.â€? Reema Piparia, MBA '11 Process Development Scientist Abbott Laboratories
Our goal is to help you to get the career that you are seeking. Employers value your experience, the rigor of our academic program, and your personal leadership profile. It's why we place so much emphasis on your ability to articulate your personal portfolio of transferable skills and experiences as early in your MBA tenure as possible." Nic Wegman Executive Director Isenberg Chase Career Center
RESOURCES At Isenberg, you’ll find a full complement of MBA resources that includes strategic career services, a competitive assistantship program, extensive overseas study options, and student networking organizations that focus on curricular innovation, professional opportunities, and social corporate responsibility. CHASE CAREER CENTER Isenberg's Chase Career Center will work with you to craft a personalized job-search strategy based on your individual strengths and career goals. Through one-on-one career counseling, you’ll narrow down industries, research and select companies, prepare for interviews, and leverage Isenberg’s alumni and recruiter network.
UMass Amherst Veteran Services provides advocacy and has networks and resources, on and off campus, that benefit this student community. Tel: 413.545.5792 Email: email@example.com Website: www.umass.edu/vets RESOURCES
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS OFFICE You can add strategic value to your MBA by taking advantage of study abroad opportunities. Isenberg has affiliations with eight top overseas business schools in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
VETERAN SERVICES At Isenberg, we are committed to supporting our military students throughout their academic career and assisting them in achieving their academic goals. For information about benefits for military personnel, visit www.isenberg. umass.edu/mba/military
MBA STUDENT NETWORKS
Isenberg MBA Student Networks provide many opportunities for students to tailor their MBA experience. Student organizations open the doors to relationships, leadership development, and professional growth. THE GRADUATE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (GBA) drives student-led initiatives that improve communication and culture in the Isenberg MBA. Adapting to the changing needs of each incoming class, the GBA is able to lead pioneering initiatives that inclusively benefit all students. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN MBA (NAWMBA) is a global organization dedicated to empowering women MBAs. The on-campus chapter is focused on leveraging the high ratio of female faculty and local business women. NAWMBA exemplifies the leadership qualities and strength women bring to any organization. NET IMPACT is an international network of leaders dedicated to creating positive social change through business. Locally, Isenberg students represent the Net Impact mission on boards of local non-profits, at national conferences, and through campus initiatives.
OUTSTANDING ADVISING We have a dedicated Student Advising & Support Team to assist you with any questions you may have about the program. The advisors are seasoned professionals with a deep understanding of your needs as working professionals.
I cannot say enough good things about my interactions with Student Support Services. Advisors have always been available for consultation and offer sound advice regarding which course to take and which professor would best ďŹ t my learning style and needs.â€? C. Edward McBride, III, MD, FAAFP, MBA 2013 Associate Medical Director of Clinical Informatics Summit Medical Group
MaryBeth Kimball Director New Business Development & Recruitment for Professional Programs
& ADMISSIONS APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS •
Completed graduate school application. Register to apply online at: www.isenberg.umass.edu/mba/apply
Official copy of transcripts of all universities/colleges attended
Two letters of recommendation
GMAT score (waivers may apply)
TOEFL score (for international applicants only)
APPLICATION DEADLINES Full-time
Tel: 413.545.5608 Fax: 413.577.2234 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Apply: www.isenberg.umass.edu/mba/apply
ISENBERG ONLINE & PART-TIME
WHO WE ARE:
WHAT WE OFFER:
AACSB accredited and awarding MBAs since 1963
RD Best Online MBA Worldwide
Financial Times, 2018
MBA students come from all 50 states Offering 100% online classes since 2001
TH Best Online MBA US News & World Report, 2018
Average yearsâ€™ work experience
of graduating students highly recommend Isenberg
Best Part-time MBA US News & World Report, 2019
MBA FOCUS AREAS: Business Analytics Entrepreneurship Finance Healthcare Administration Marketing Sport Management
of all MBA students are physicians
6 Dedicated advisors available to all students
of all MBA students hold advanced degrees www.isenberg.umass.edu/mba
ISENBERG WHAT WE OFFER:
WHO WE ARE:
Average yearsâ€™ work experience
33% 53% Female
Average undergrad GPA Class of 2019
Average age Class of 2019
Average GMAT Class of 2019
All accepted students are awarded a 2-year Isenberg MBA Fellowship that includes full tuition, an annual stipend and health care. In return, MBA Fellows get valuable hands-on experience and marketable skills while working on real business problems and strategic initiatives for the school.
Recent job and internship placements: Amazon Bank of America Ford Motors Google Kaiser Permanente MassMutual MITRE Corp. Morgan Stanley UTC Aerospace Systems
Business Analytics Entrepreneurship Finance
Healthcare Administration TH
Marketing Sport Management Dual degress:
Full-time MBA in the nation among public universities US News & World Report, 2019
MBA/MS in Engineering MBA/Master in Public Policy & Administration MBA/MS in Sport Management
Undergrad degrees: Humanities & Social Science, STEM, and Business - each at 30%
Of students have jobs at graduation
The Isenberg Business Innovation Hub - Coming 2019 $62M project to add 70,000 s.f. to the schoolâ€™s existing facilities
TOP MBA with Lowest Student Debt US News & World Report, 2016
Isenberg School of Management www.isenberg.umass.edu