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Belmont University, Massey Graduate School of Business Part Time MBA

Belmont University offers a wide range of AACSB International-accredited business education programs to its undergraduate, graduate, and executive students. Faculty experts, innovative courses and small class sizes, as well as dynamic internship, service and study abroad opportunities combine to provide an exceptional learning experience that prepares students to go “from here to anywhere.” Undergraduate students choose from 11 majors, while graduate student offerings include residential part- and full-time MBA study formats in addition to a specialized Healthcare MBA and Masters of Accountancy degree.

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Program at a Glance

Program Type Part Time

Rankings

Rankings

Program Rankings

Bloomberg

#59 Businessweek Part Time MBA Programs

School Rankings

The Princeton Review

N/A Best Business Schools (Southeast)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

  • Acceptance Rate: 96% accepted out of 71 applicants
  • Average Age Admitted: 26
  • Average Incoming GPA: 3.23
  • Average Incoming GMAT: 542
  • Average Years Work Experience: 5
  • Application Fee: $50

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Admission Information

To apply to Massey, students must submit an application, an undergraduate transcript, GMAT scores, a current resume, and at least two professional recommendations. In recent years, the average Belmont MBA candidate was about 28 years old, had over six years of professional work experience, and scored around 532 on the GMAT. To be eligible for the p...To apply to Massey, students must submit an application, an undergraduate transcript, GMAT scores, a current resume, and at least two professional recommendations. In recent years, the average Belmont MBA candidate was about 28 years old, had over six years of professional work experience, and scored around 532 on the GMAT. To be eligible for the program, students must have an undergraduate degree in any field. For those without a degree in business, Belmont will help a student determine which basic business courses they should take before matriculation.

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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 140
Percent International Students 8%
Total Full-Time Faculty 40
Full-Time Faculty 85%

Student Life

With its evening course schedule, accommodating staff, and practical approach to busi­ness, Belmont attracts many “young professionals up on current events and looking to advance their careers.” At this school, “people are smart and hard workers, and have big, diverse goals [in] life,” offering great opportunities to network in different industries. Between students, “the culture is professional but fun without being too rigid,” and, though there is a mix of cultures and viewpoints, “Everyone feels comfortable and gets to express their personal views.” “There are numerous activities and clubs to take part in” through the business school, including honor societies and volunteer work. Even if they don’t participate in campus activities, “everyone is still very social and friendly,” and networking opportunities abound. A student explains, “Courses are structured with many group work requirements, which somewhat supercedes the need for student activ­ity groups, as we are all meeting together regularly.” Located on 75 acres in southeast Nashville, Belmont University has a “great urban location” and a comfortable campus environment, boasting modern classrooms and “beautiful flower gardens.” Although most Belmont MBA students don’t have extra time to take advantage of the resources on campus, they do appreciate the school’s “convenient location.” At the same time, Belmont has a growing reputation, and students say it’s time to “significantly update some of [its] facilities and technologies to keep up with the expansion.”

Career

The Massey College of Business Career Development Center serves undergraduate and graduate business students through individualized career coaching, interview training, resume preparation, and job and internship listings. After graduation, the vast majority of Massey graduates (about 85 percent) stay in the Middle Tennessee area, contributing to the school’s strong alumni network in greater Nashville. While praising their school’s deep ties in the region, students feel that “Belmont could improve more in getting more companies to recruit their students” and by drawing new employers from some of Nashville’s largest industries, such as healthcare. In recent years, companies that have hired graduates of the Massey College of Business Administration, include AT&T, Dell, Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, HCA, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Marriott, Sony/ATV, and WebMD. Belmont MBA candidates are predominantly working professionals, and many aren’t looking for a new position after graduation (rather, they are hoping to assume new responsibilities at their existing job with the help of an MBA). However, should they someday be looking to make a change, Massey graduates can count on lifelong loyalty: All alumni have access to services offered through Center for Career Development including a job posting site, career counseling, and various online tools.

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About

The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business was founded in 1986 through a gift from one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs. Mr. Massey remains as the only U.S. businessperson to ever take three different private companies (i.e., Kentucky Fried Chicken, HCA, and Winners Corp.) public to the New York Stock Exchange. The School was created to offer graduate business programs to Nashville area working professionals and offers a part-time and full-time MBA, as well as the Masters of Accountancy programs in a weeknight, evening format on the Belmont University campus. Belmont is the only private university in Tennessee to maintain AACSB International accreditation in business and accounting. Massey's part-time MBA program was 18th in BusinessWeek's most recent national ranking of part-time MBA programs, and Fortune Magazine recently identified Belmont as one of the top five universities in the U.S. at which to study entrepreneurship.

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Students Say

For Nashville-area professionals looking to jump-start their career, Belmont University’s graduate business programs offer a “great value.” The professional MBA for working adults—Belmont’s flagship program—offers a “great classroom-based education that is flexible enough for a working student.” With all classes held at night, most Belmont stu­dents are juggling career and studies; fortunately, “educators understand [students’] work/life demands” and “are consistently flexible when [students need] to balance work and life with academics.” Belmont’s core curriculum covers a wide breadth of business areas, including basics like finance, business law, and technology, as well as more inno­vative topics in entrepreneurship and leadership. Neither highly qualitative nor quanti­tative, “The program is balanced between verbal, interpersonal, and mathematical rea­soning abilities.” Overall, the program is challenging, but “The pace is so fast that some­times we are not able to cover some subjects in enough detail.” If you do want to delve into details, the MBA offers the “flexibility to customize [your] degree” through areas of concentration in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, general business, healthcare, marketing, or music business. Of particular note, every Belmont student must also par­ticipate in an international trip as a requirement of graduation; destinations range from Istanbul to Beijing to Amsterdam.Working professionals want to learn skills they can apply in the workplace, and Belmont caters to that goal. Here, “The classes are focused on real world topics” and “the learn­ing style is hands-on.” In the classroom, “the program is largely case-based, encouraging students to use critical thinking skills and sharpen interpersonal skills,” and across dis­ciplines, “The professors encourage classroom discussion.” The faculty further promotes Belmont’s practical perspective by bringing their extensive business experience to the classroom. Like the students, most Belmont professors were “working professionals and therefore experts in the field they are teaching.” At this friendly school, faculty members “give great practical advice” and are “truly interested in helping students learn and grow.” At Belmont, classes are uniformly small, with about 20 students in the average class­room. Students love the mix of big-name resources and intimate atmosphere, saying “Belmont has the feel of a small school with the professors and reputation of a top uni­versity.” A student adds, “It is big enough to offer amenities and benefits of a large school, but small enough to still be a tight-knit group.” On this community-oriented cam­pus, “Fellow students, the professors, and the school staff seem to sincerely care about me and each other.”

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Academic

The Massey Graduate School resides within the College of Business Administration, which also includes the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Business Ethics, Center for International Business, and the Center for Executive Education, each of which houses additional learning opportunities for students. A Summer Accounting Institute option for aspiring MACC students offers non-business undergraduates a fast-track opportunity to begin their graduate accounting course work.

All graduate students complete a brief study-abroad experience course as part of their degree requirements. Trips are scheduled between terms and typically last 8-10 days. Destination options for 2011-12 include Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, France, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

The curriculum is designed with 2-credit hour courses instead of the traditional 3-credit format. This gives Massey students a greater breadth of curriculum in the core business/accounting offerings, while also assuring a greater number of electives for matching to a particular student career plan. All students also complete a required entrepreneurship course, as well as preparation in business ethics.

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Degrees Awarded

Master of Business Administration- Professional(PMBA) - 18 months to 2 years; Master of Business Administration-Accelerated (AMBA) - 1 year; Master of Business Administration for Healthcare Professionals (HCMBA) - 2 years; Master of Accountancy (MACC) - 1 year to 18 months.

Student Services

  • Campus Wide Network
  • Study Abroad:

    Ireland, Czech Republic, China, Chile, France, Germany, Brazil, India, South Africa, Argentina, Spain, South Korea, Turkey, Vietnam, Poland, Singapore, Italy, Exchange program with Normandy Business School

  • Women Support Groups:

    MBA Women International Chapter

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Belmont University Jack C Massey Graduate School of Business include:

Helen Lane - Partner, C3 Consulting

Nancy Leach - Founder/Owner, Facility Planners, Inc.

Charles Hagood - CEO, Healthcare Performance Partners, Inc.

Richard Treadway - Founder, Psychiatric Solutions

Damon Hininger - CEO, Correction Corporation of America

School Employment Information

Graduation Employment 26%
Three Month Employment 56%
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