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University of Richmond, Reynolds Graduate School of Business Part Time MBA

The Richmond MBA, ranked among the top 30 programs for professionals nationally, aims to enhance the strategic thinking of experienced individuals through rigorous courses that feature applied learning opportunities. The success of The Richmond MBA program is a result of close collaboration among a high-quality student body, outstanding faculty and local business and community leaders. They combine to create rich and relevant discussions both inside and outside of the classroom. By joining the program, you will join a student body with extensive experience at leading firms including Altria, Bon Secours, Capital One, Dominion, DuPont, The Federal Reserve Bank, Genworth Financial, Honeywell, KPMG, Johnson & Johnson, Markel, The Martin Agency, MeadWestvaco and Timmons Group. Upon graduation, you will join a loyal alumni network of presidents, vice presidents and leading executives at major corporations and entrepreneurial ventures in Richmond and around the world.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time
Total Program Enrollment 36

Program Information

University of Richmond Robins School of Business Says

The Richmond MBA, ranked among the top 30 programs for professionals nationally, aims to enhance the strategic thinking of experienced individuals through rigorous courses that feature applied learning opportunities. The success of The Richmond MBA program is a result of close collaboration among a high-quality student body, outstanding faculty and local business and community leaders. They combine to create rich and relevant discussions both inside and outside of the classroom.

By joining the program, you will join a student body with extensive experience at leading firms including Altria, Bon Secours, Capital One, Dominion, DuPont, The Federal Reserve Bank, Genworth Financial, Honeywell, KPMG, Johnson & Johnson, Markel, The Martin Agency, MeadWestvaco and Timmons Group. Upon graduation, you will join a loyal alumni network of presidents, vice presidents and leading executives at major corporations and entrepreneurial ventures in Richmond and around the world.

Specializations Offered: General Management
Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

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Bloomberg

#29 Businessweek Part Time MBA Programs

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The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 63% accepted out of 54 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 29
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.3
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 605
  • Average Years Work Experience: 2
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Work Experience, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations

Admission Information

At University of Richmond, classes start once a year, in August. There are no minimum admissions requirements with regards to GPA and GMAT scores; however, most entering students have a GMAT score of 600 or above. The average GPA for incoming students is 3.2. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of professional experience to be considered fo...At University of Richmond, classes start once a year, in August. There are no minimum admissions requirements with regards to GPA and GMAT scores; however, most entering students have a GMAT score of 600 or above. The average GPA for incoming students is 3.2. Applicants must have a minimum of two years of professional experience to be considered for the program; however, the average student has six years of work experience.

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Important Dates

Round 1
November

18

Deadline
Round 2
May

19

Deadline

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School Information

School Information

The following section features data representative of the entire business school, and numbers here are not necessarily reflective of the specific program.

Students and Faculty

Total Graduate Students 115
Percent International Students 2%
Total Full-Time Faculty 18
Full-Time Faculty 78%

Student Life

Due to the nature of the program, student life as a graduate student is very different from that of an undergrad. “As a part-time program, most of the students commute to cam­pus; some international students do live on campus. The students are friends with one another and will regularly meet off-campus, however, ‘life at school’ does not apply to most.” “The program is taught entirely in the evening, almost exclusively to students who are working full-time. This makes networking and family involvement difficult, but there are some efforts made by the university to help on this front. Recently, UR opened an MBA lounge where MBA's can mingle before and after class. Also, spouses are invit­ed to events like the annual holiday party.”Commitments of graduate students outside of school, however busy they may be, do not seem to affect this “energetic, intelligent” student body from their group work or their class bonding experience. The opening residency is “fantastic for creating relationships with students in your class” and the students are “exceptionally hard working leaders in the local business community,” and are all quite capable of “maximizing the value of their time.” “Richmond is a great city to live in as a business student. The graduate busi­ness school is a relatively small community on campus (with the undergraduate popula­tion being much larger, and the law school population being significantly larger as well), but MBA students often socialize together off-campus.”

Career

UR is situated in a “thriving business community that is strong in many realms, from finance (Harris Williams) to marketing (The Martin Agency).” The school’s location draws many part-time MBA students who value the convenience of improving their edu­cation while working on the job. Sitting side-by-side with similar “top notch” students, “networking opportunities abound.” In addition to fostering prospects with fellow stu­dents, the “administrative staff works hard to connect you with businesses and job opportunities.” There are “many events with prominent speakers on campus,” as well as “workshops, etc., outside of class to meet local business leaders.” “The ability to network with alumni and the various panels and speakers that speak at the business school,” cre­ate yet another layer of opportunities for graduate students. Still, some students feel that “the focus on job placement could stand to be improved. Graduate business students in search of employment advice or placement help must use the undergraduate career development center. Additionally, career fairs on campus tend to be focused on under­graduates.”

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Students Say

The MBA program at the University of Richmond is an engaging experience, which offers small classes and an interesting curriculum and boasts “top-tier faculty and staff.” Students are challenged and rewarded here. The “amazing” professors “are quite accomplished” and “well-educated.” Many students are pleased to discover that their professors are not just intellectually smart but are “great teachers” as well. “It is evident that the business school places teaching ability above research expertise when hiring faculty.” “I feel fortu­nate to be in such a stimulating environment,” a student explains. “I often leave class with a great sense of appreciation for the discussions I've had and the insight gained.” The administration as a whole won students’ admiration for being “very responsive and engaged with the MBA program.” “Whether I want to [meet] with the Dean, my profes­sors, or the Program Director it is always easy to access those I need to speak with to resolve questions and concerns.” Students are impressed that the administration and staff “know each student personally and really engage with us at every opportunity.” “Part of that may be the small class size, which makes it a much more manageable experience and offers the opportunity to interact more on a personal level.” One student feels “the person­al attention that comes with [the small size] is the biggest strength of the program.” Equally appealing to students is the school’s program of study. The convenience of having a program where adults do not “have to forego income and [can] attend in the evenings” gives many students the opportunities to apply their newfound skills to their jobs “on a daily basis,” as it also makes the school a good option for those who may not otherwise be able to afford tuition. The program definitely requires a good amount of effort. One student suggests that the school might consider cutting down some of the required courses and offering more electives in their place, which would “allow students to more highly special­ize in their chosen field of study.” Many students commented on the high caliber of fellow classmates that are “as motivated as I [am] to learn.” “As a part-time program for working adults, the program does an exceptional job of promoting team work so that the students become a close-knit network of friends.” There is also an added “international component” provided by several inter­national students. This “real-world (vs. only theoretical cases in classroom) experience” is of great value to those wishing to expand their global knowledge.

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Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/international

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://oncampus.richmond.edu/~safezone/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://oncampus.richmond.edu/student/affairs/multiaff/

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    MBA mentoring program for current students.

  • Study Abroad:

    France-Rouen Business School China - Tsinghua University

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://oncampus.richmond.edu/student/affairs/multiaff/transition.htm#women

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Richmond Robins School of Business include:

Margaret "Lyn" McDermid - Chief Information Officer, Federal Reserve System

Michael Matthews - President & CEO, H&A Architects and Engineers

Bruce Kay - Vice President of Investor Relations, Markel Corporation

R. Lewis Boggs - President, Property Investment Advisors

David Beran - President & Chief Operating Officer, Altria Group, Inc.

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