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Bellarmine University W. Fielding Rubel School of Business Part Time MBA

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Part Time.

Rankings

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School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 96% accepted out of 68 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 27
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.2
  • Application Fee: $40

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience

Admission Information

To apply to Bellarmine's MBA program, students must submit a completed application form, personal essays, two letters of recommendation, academic transcripts from all college coursework, and official GMAT scores. Test scores and previous academic performance are the two most important factors in an admissions decision, though work experience is als...To apply to Bellarmine's MBA program, students must submit a completed application form, personal essays, two letters of recommendation, academic transcripts from all college coursework, and official GMAT scores. Test scores and previous academic performance are the two most important factors in an admissions decision, though work experience is also weighted strongly. For last year's entering class, the average GMAT score was 501, and the average GPA was 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

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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 195
Percent International Students 1%
Total Full-Time Faculty 18

Student Life

Bellarmine students come from “a wide variety of race, social, and educational back­grounds,” 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 stu­dents 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 of us try to go out after Friday class to have fun for a couple of hours.”

Career

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.”

The Princeton Review

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.”

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Study Abroad:

    Paris, France and Madrid, Spain

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Bellarmine University W. Fielding Rubel School of Business include:

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

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

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

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

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

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