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University of Massachusetts - Lowell Manning School of Business Distance MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Online

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Online.

Rankings

Rankings

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 88% accepted out of 250 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 33
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.16
  • Average Years Work Experience: 11
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Admission Information

The MBA program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell admits new students for both the fall and spring terms and requires applicants to submit the following materials: an official transcript of undergraduate grades; an official GMAT score report; three letters of recommendation from "employment-related sources" demonstrating a minimum of two ye...The MBA program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell admits new students for both the fall and spring terms and requires applicants to submit the following materials: an official transcript of undergraduate grades; an official GMAT score report; three letters of recommendation from "employment-related sources" demonstrating a minimum of two years of relevant work experience; a current resume; and a one-page essay describing academic and career objectives. Applicants must complete prerequisite courses in microeconomics and statistics prior to entering the program. According to the school's website, "An aptitude for management decision-making and demonstrated academic ability are the most important qualifications for admission." International students whose first language is not English must submit an official score report for the TOEFL.

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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 523
Percent International Students 41%
Total Full-Time Faculty 44
Full-Time Faculty 66%

Student Life

Over the years, online course offerings at Lowell have steadily grown in popularity. Today, one MBA explains, “Students are commuters or online, so the experience is not intimate. You don’t form personal relationships with mentors/instructors” to the extent that students do elsewhere. Connections can be made with effort, however. Some stu­dents report “great opportunities for building relationships with professional networks,” and others note that “there are many clubs and organizations for students to join. The office of student activities does a great job in matching students with their activities.” These options are only really pursued by the program’s few full-time students or by part-timers who don’t also hold demanding full-time jobs. Most here don’t fit those descriptions. They’re “working professionals” who “have at least a few years of professional experience and are part-time students who work full-time jobs.” Their experiences “help in discussions in the class, as most of the arguments given are very practical and time-tested, and there is a lot to learn from everyone’s expe­riences.”

Career

The UML Career Services Office provides counseling and placement services to all undergraduates, graduates, and alumni of the university. The office organizes a variety of job fairs throughout the school year. It also provides mock interviews, counsels stu­dents on resume writing and job-search skills, schedules corporate information sessions on campus, and offers access to online job search engines such as MonsterTRAK. The office coordinates the efforts of the University Career Advisory Network, which is essen­tially an online community of alumni and current students. Employers who most fre­quently hire UMass Lowell MBAs include: Bank of America, TD Bank, Fidelity, Putnam Investments, Raytheon, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, EMC, Cisco, US Air Force and U.S. Government.

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Students Say

Providing a “good balance between reputation and affordability” to business grads in and around the northeast corner of Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts— Robert Manning School of Business offers an MBA “tailored to meet the busy working person’s schedules.” With “evening classes,” a “practical approach to tests and assign­ments,” and, most conveniently of all, an “excellent online program” that “allows you to blend online with on-campus courses” (or even take all classes online, if you prefer), a Lowell MBA offers enough “freedom and flexibility” to suit its student body, which largely consists of professionals looking for a leg up to management positions. The UML MBA commences with 12 hours of foundation courses in subjects traditional­ly covered in undergraduate business programs. Students who have completed equiva­lent undergraduate classes within the last five years and have earned at least a B may receive a waiver for some or all of these courses; alternately, students may attempt to place out of these classes through written exams. The curriculum also includes seven core courses in accounting, finance, analysis of customers and markets, MIS, operations, managing organization design and change, and strategy. The program concludes with three electives, which students may use to develop a concentration in accounting, finance, or information technology. They may also take an MBA in general business. UML professors “are excellent and helpful,” “not pretentious,” and “demanding, which helps students do a better job.” The school works hard on the service end; professors and administrators “are hands on, always follow up, and contact you regarding any ques­tions.” That said, UML is a state school, so naturally “sometimes there is non-applicable red tape, like when I was asked for proof of immunizations even though I take all my classes online.” All in all, students appreciate what they have here, reporting that “Administrators do the best they can on limited staff and resources.” As one student sums up, “the campus lacks the glossy touch, but I guess most here would agree that it gives the best value for your money. You have to remember that you are paying less than a third of what you would have paid at any private college [and] you still get a highly accomplished and dedicated faculty [that] works hard to embed the right kind of morals and values into your brain.The course textbooks, HBR case studies, and other miscella­neous materials are mostly the same as the ones used by the Ivy Leagues. The discus­sions are intense, and many ideas are innovative. I really don’t think therefore that there is anything lacking academically.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    Lydon Library plus one additional on-campus library; 388,712 volumes, 611,799 microfomrs, 3,425 current periodicals. CD players available. Access provided to online bibliographic retrieval services.

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.uml.edu

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://www.uml.edu

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.uml.edu

  • Research Facilities:

    Lydon Library plus one additional on-campus library; 388,712 volumes, 611,799 microfomrs, 3,425 current periodicals. CD players available. Access provided to online bibliographic retrieval services.

  • Study Abroad:

    None

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 98%
Three Month Employment 98%
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