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University of Hartford Barney School of Business Full Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Full Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Full Time.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 47% accepted out of 181 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 33
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.6
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 540
  • Out of State Application Fee: $45
  • In State Application Fee: $45

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

The Barney admissions office requires all MBA applicants to submit official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary schools, two letters of recommendation, official GMAT results, a current resume, a letter of intent describing the applicant's academic and career goals, and a completed application. Applicants with at least three year...The Barney admissions office requires all MBA applicants to submit official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary schools, two letters of recommendation, official GMAT results, a current resume, a letter of intent describing the applicant's academic and career goals, and a completed application. Applicants with at least three years of continuous work experience may apply for a GMAT waiver, as may applicants who have already successfully completed another master's program. Because space in each incoming class is limited, it greatly benefits applicants to apply as early as possible.

The Princeton Review

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 323
Percent International Students 17%
Total Full-Time Faculty 37

Student Life

Students at University of Hartford are “hard working, competitive, friendly, and success­ful” and trying to “balancing full-time careers, families, and getting graduate degrees.” “The average age in the MBA program is about 32. Almost everyone works full time in addition to going to class.” The student body provides “very little networking value for where I am at in my career,” one older student says. Students are “mostly highly driven individuals who are looking to advance their careers.” “Most seem to be attending school because they get reimbursed by their companies.” “I would say that half of the MBA stu­dents are good people, who want to advance their careers and bring a lot to the table,” one student calculates. The school has “a diverse student population” ethnically. There are, for example, “a lot of students from India.” A “get in, get out” attitude pervades at Hartford, as most students work full time, and many commute. Thus, there is limited social life outside of class for most students, as they have families and work to attend to. “Student life is limited for commuting students but is very active for residents. There are many good restaurants and bars nearby, how­ever the School is also very close to a dangerous neighborhood.” “Most of us have full-time jobs [and] go to school after a long day at work,” one student explains “The inter­action is moderate, and the professors seem to understand we need to balance all of our life responsibilities with school.”

Career

Placement and career-counseling services are provided to Barney MBAs by the Career Services Office, which serves the entire undergraduate and graduate student body of the University. Services include resume and cover-letter writing workshops, seminars on networking and interviewing strategies, job banks, on-campus interviewing, and job fairs. However, students say “career services is ineffective and unhelpful, though as most students here already work full time, the school does not strongly emphasize placement, channeling its resources elsewhere.” “I have not seen the mentoring program or any enrichment workshops since I have been a student for four years,” one student says. “There are a lot of students who work in the insurance industry, since Hartford is the insurance capital of the world.” Some prominent alumni from the Barney MBA program include Robert Saunders, CEO of Kaman Music Corp.; Roger Klene, CEO of MOTT Corp.; and Thomas Barnes, Chairman of the Board of The Barnes Group.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business has “a good reputation” and great “flexibility” for students to accommodate full-time work. “Unlike other schools I looked at, they put work first and are flexible with course scheduling and business travel,” says one insurance student. “The class offerings accommodate full-time working hours” by having most classes at night. The School offers “a wide variety of electives (communica­tion, marketing, psychology)” and “international classes,” which are “awesome.” Many students love the “GMAT waiver option” for applications, where there is “no GMAT requirement with three years of work experience.” “For the working professional, this program is perfect,” one student says, “In and out of classes at convenient times leaves time to do other activities and keep a good work/school-life balance.” One common complaint is the business school’s administration. Although some students said, “the support/administrative staff, although understaffed, really go out of their way to help,” many said, “the school is run very poorly, and administrators are very waste­ful.” “Parking is very impractical and insufficient,” and classrooms need to “upgrade technology.” “Bureaucracy is everywhere,” and it’s “a true example of Oscar Wilde’s say­ing ‘the bureaucracy is expanding to meet the expanding needs of the bureaucracy.’” In contrast to the administration, “the professors are great” and “very accessible and approachable; if you have any issues, they will always make the time to work with you.” “The greatest strength” of the program “is the quality and enthusiasm of the professors in the program as it relates to their disciplines.” “The faculty is amazing. They really care, and do the best to foster a great learning environment” by being “clear and straightfor­ward in their explanations.” “Some professors are true gems,” says a student. The school is unable to retain them because benefits and pay are much worse than state schools nearby.” Most of the faculty members “have a strong background in the business world and keep up with the changing environment.” “I think the business school could improve with regard to the classes that are offered,” one student says. Overall, the pro­fessors and administration are “effective at creating a tremendous sense of community within the business school; it’s a tight-knit group of ambitious individuals, who work across all facets of business in the area.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • International Student Support Groups:

    uhaweb.hartford.edu/intercenter

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Tutors available in Accounting, Finance, Econ., Quant.

  • Study Abroad:

    China, France, U.A.E.-Dubai, Greece, Bermuda

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Hartford The Barney School of Business include:

Richard Booth - Vice Chairman, AIG

Evaristo Stanziale - Founding Partner SCS Commodities Corp.

Roger Klene - CEO, MOTT Corp.

Patrick Tannock - President, XL Insurance Bermuda

David Cordani - CEO, CIGNA Corporation

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