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Worcester Polytechnic Institute, School of Business Part Time MBA

Drawing from our 147 year history as one of the U.S.'s leading technological universities, WPI’s School of Business creates innovative and entrepreneurial leaders for a global, technological world. We offer hands-on, project-based, technology-oriented business programs that give our students a distinct edge. The B-School offers a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a number of leading-edge Master’s degrees including the Innovator’s MBA and M.S. programs in Information Technology, Management, Operations Design & Leadership, and Technology Marketing.

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Program Type Part Time

Program Information

Worcester Polytechnic Institute School of Business Says

Drawing from our 147 year history as one of the U.S.'s leading technological universities, WPI’s School of Business creates innovative and entrepreneurial leaders for a global, technological world. We offer hands-on, project-based, technology-oriented business programs that give our students a distinct edge. The B-School offers a Bachelor of Science degree as well as a number of leading-edge Master’s degrees including the Innovator’s MBA and M.S. programs in Information Technology, Management, Operations Design & Leadership, and Technology Marketing.

Degrees Awarded: MBA, Evening Part Time.

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Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#16 Businessweek Part Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Northeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 45% accepted out of 119 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 30
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.32
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 636
  • Average Years Work Experience: 7
  • Application Fee: $70

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

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

Admission Information

The MBA program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute accepts students whose academic and professional record demonstrates the ability to excel in a challenging, technologyfocused graduate program. Students are analyzed on the basis of their academic and professional performance, as well as their career goals and personal statement. In addition, all a...The MBA program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute accepts students whose academic and professional record demonstrates the ability to excel in a challenging, technologyfocused graduate program. Students are analyzed on the basis of their academic and professional performance, as well as their career goals and personal statement. In addition, all applicants must have demonstrated capacity to succeed in a technology-driven management program; therefore, a minimum of three semesters of college-level math or two semesters of college-level calculus are a prerequisite of the program. To apply, students must submit undergraduate transcripts, official GMAT scores, three letters of recommendation, and a completed application form. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned degrees from English-language institutions must submit an official score report for the TOEFL or IELTS. WPI recruits underrepresented minorities through the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers, and maintains offices of diversity to increase recruitment among these groups.

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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 201
Percent International Students 62%
Total Full-Time Faculty 40
Full-Time Faculty 70%

Student Life

WPI occupies “a small urban campus with excellent access,” making it easy for busy part-time students to zip in and zip out for classes, group meetings, etc. Students tell us that the library and student center are excellent resources; both “are well-staffed, clean, and contain useful equipment and products to support the learning environment.” The program “offers a variety of activities and events throughout the year. These events range from aca­demic to social to career-driven to special interests.” To the extent that time permits, stu­dents “are not only actively engaged in school-related activities, but also go out of their way to actively participate in building a better world for the future. From holding forums on solar energy to fundraising for the community, WPI is always active in working to improve life for everyone [else].” Even the program’s many distance-learning-only partic­ipants are surprised by their level of engagement. “It is not what I expected...it is very inter­active. I love chat sessions most.” WPI MBAs tend to be “technical people in the stage of their careers [where they are ready] to transit[ion] from [a] professional role to [a] managerial position.” There are “multiple nationalities represented” among the students, most of whom “have a good comprehen­sion of English.”

Career

A high percentage of WPI students work full time, many receiving tuition reimbursement from their current company while pursuing the MBA. Therefore, most will continue at the same company after completing the WPI program. However, those considering a career change can receive support and guidance through the university’s Career Development Center, which serves the undergraduate, graduate, and alumni population. The CDC offers career counseling, workshops, and assessments, and maintains contact with regional employers and WPI alumni. The CDC also hosts several annual campus career fairs. Students appreciate “the way [WPI] fosters and enables networking opportunities and works with the students toward their career goals.” Employers who most frequently hire WPI MBAs include: BAE Systems, EMC, Fidelity, GE, Intel, Raytheon, Staples, Teradyne, and Textron.

The Princeton Review

Students Say

Offering “more of a technical leadership program than a traditional MBA,” the School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute unites a broad-based degree in business essen­tials with highly specialized instruction in technology and technology management to fit the needs of graduate-level biz-savvy technophiles. Students appreciate the value of this approach; “The technology focus is great, considering where the business world is head­ed,” one MBA observes. Another explains that the program “works very well in the inter­section of business and technology, teaching us how to create and extract maximum value” from that nexus. WPI’s 48-credit hour program features ten highly-integrated required courses; two major projects; and four electives. All coursework is taught from a technological perspective and practical applications to business theory are emphasized. Students tailor their education via electives in cutting-edge fields such as information security management, process design, or technological innovation. In addition to electives offered through the business school, WPI students can enroll in graduate-level electives in other departments, including computer science, biomedical engineering, and electrical engineering. Students may study on campus, online, or switch back and forth between the two formats, an arrangement they love. “You can take classes online or portions of it online in case you are away on business and can’t make the class one night,” creating a “high amount of schedule[ing] flexibility.” WPI is committed to keeping up with the Data Age, with “courses updated frequently” and online course delivery “allowing for larger numbers of students to take classes, so I have never been closed out of a class.” It isn’t just all-tech, all-the-time at WPI; professors “express strong concerns with teaching us the importance of ethics applied in business management.” Course work, students warn, “is fairly extensive, averaging about three to six hours per week per credit for reading and homework,” but “professors are fair in their grading and flexible to accommodate working student schedules,” which helps. Administrators “operate the program seamlessly,” another plus.

The Princeton Review

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Centers Of Research:

    The Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Center for Research in Exploratory Data and Information Analysis; Center for eHealth Innovation and Process Transformation; Information Technology Research Center; Center for Research in Electronic Commerce Technology; WPI Venture Forum

  • International Student Support Groups:

    http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Diversity/

  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups:

    http://users.wpi.edu/~bilaga/

  • Minority Support Groups:

    http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Diversity/about.html

  • Peer Tutoring Programs:

    Second year students serve as mentors for first year students.

  • Research Facilities:

    The Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Center for Research in Exploratory Data and Information Analysis; Center for eHealth Innovation and Process Transformation; Information Technology Research Center; Center for Research in Electronic Commerce Technology; WPI Venture Forum

  • Study Abroad:

    Canada: Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal; England: Kings College, London; Germany: Darmstadt University of Technology, Munich Technocal College; Kenya: Kenyatta University, Nairobi; Mexico: Monterrey Institute of Technology; Namibia: University of Namibia; Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology; Puerto Rico: University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez; Sweden: Royal Institute of Technology - Stockholm; Switzerland: Federal Technical Institute - Zurich; Thailand: Chulalongkorn University - Bangkok

  • Women Support Groups:

    http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Women/About/

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Worcester Polytechnic Institute School of Business include:

Ronald Zarella - President, GM North America

Stephen Rubin - President and CEO, Intellution, Inc.

Windle Priem - President and CEO, Korn/Ferry International

Judith Nitsch - President, Judith Nitsch Engineering, Inc.

Paul Allaire - Chairman and CEO Xerox Corporation

School Outcomes

Top Employers Of Graduates From This School Include: EMC, United Technologies Corp., Fidelity, General Electric, Staples

Industry Percent Employed Median Starting Salary
Technical 50% $77,680
Business 40% $74,450
Information Technology 30% $78,800
Consulting 20% $76,000
Marketing / Sales 20% $71,000
Consulting 20% $76,000
General Management 16% $81,111
Operations / Logistics 14% $74,000
Manufacturing 14% $74,000
Financial Services 12% $76,000
Other 10% $69,000

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 80%
Three Month Employment 100%
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