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Bentley Graduate School of Business

Location: 175 Forest Street Waltham, MA 02452

Admissions Office: 781.891.2108



Bentley Graduate School of Business

Admission Deadlines:

Spring Start:
Oct. 1, 2012

Fall Start:

Round One: Dec. 1, 2012
Round Two: Jan. 20, 1213
Round Three: March 15, 2013
Round Four: May 1 — Sept. 1 (based on available space)

Bentley’s Graduate School of Business offers an MBA in a sprint: 11 intense months. And it’s carved into four ten-week themes: innovation, values, environments, and leadership. Each theme is team-taught by faculty in four courses in what the school describes as a “unique studio setting.” Translation: small highly interactive classroom settings–not big lecture halls where profs stand in front of PowerPoint presentations.

An added feature of the full-time MBA program is three field-based collaboration trips in which students travel to see how successful companies, not-for-profits and government agencies develop and implement best practices that transform their organizations. Two of the three trips are to international destinations.

The program is small and intimate, with a total full-time enrollment of under 100. And students also are on the young side, with the average age of an entering student just 25. The average work experience of a full-time student is 39 months.

Lastest Up-to-Date Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2011): 89
BusinessWeek (2010): NR
Forbes (2011): NR
U.S. News & World Report (2011): 73
Financial Times (2011): NR
The Economist (2011): NR

Rankings Analysis:

Bentley’s Graduate School of Business gained four places in Poets&Quants’ 2011 ranking of the best full-time MBA programs in the U.S., with a rank of 89 from 93 a year earlier. The improvement was largely based to a better showing in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 survey when Bentley finished 73rd among that magazine’s top 100 U.S. business schools.

In 2012, Bentley was ranked 75th by U.S. News, which also rates Bentley as the 25 best school in the nation for entrepreneurship and gives the school a rank of 44th for its larger part-time MBA program. The school’s full-time MBA program is not ranked by BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Financial Times or The Economist.

Tuition & Fees: $35,280 per year
Average GMAT: 582
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 510-668
Average GPA: 3.29
GPA Range: (mid-80%): 2.86-3.80
Acceptance Rate: 54.9%

Full-Time MBA Enrollment: 84
International: 54.8%
Female: 28.6%
Minority: 6.4%
Mean Age: 25

Average Base Salary: $71,694
Average Base Salary Range: $30,000-$110,000
Median Signing Bonus: $5,000
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: 64.3% in 2011
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: 85.7% in 2011


A Leader in Business Education

Wherever you stand now in your professional life, MBA programs at Bentley University deliver expert preparation for what’s next. Whether you are launching a career, advancing in your chosen field, or breaking into a new industry, MBA programs at Bentley combine distinctive courses, resources and experiences to maximize your return on investment.

Bentley’s dynamic MBA programs are developed by faculty with industry-tested expertise, and informed by input from corporate leaders, giving our students exposure to current concepts and skills. In addition, Bentley’s unique collection of centers and labs feature the latest tools for gathering and analyzing information in finance, marketing, information design, accountancy, and emerging technologies. And Bentley graduate students routinely tackle real business challenges for companies and other organizations, in team-driven consulting projects in the U.S. and abroad, giving them the opportunity to fine-tune their abilities in project management, presentation and collaboration.

The Full Time Bentley MBA

The Bentley MBA was designed from the ground up to prepare leaders for the real world of business that exists today. This unique 11-month program brings together an elite cohort of students from around the world and across the business spectrum. In a curriculum covering four core themes, students work, learn and collaborate in a studio model and put their growing expertise into action through field-based engagements with leading global organizations. The curriculum centers around four integrated themes: Innovation, Value, Environments and Leadership. This MBA is a dramatic departure from traditional business education, a creative approach to teaching leadership in a business landscape that has changed more in the past five years than any other time in history.

The Full Time Emerging Leaders MBA

The Emerging Leaders MBA program is a hands-on business education opportunity for young professionals or recent graduates who want to lead and succeed in today’s complex global business environment where information and innovation are prime currencies.  Geared toward students with 0-5 years of work experience, the Emerging Leaders MBA includes field-based learning, international exposure, team projects, a focus on innovative approaches to business processes and the ability to harness IT to meet strategic needs. The program delivers real-world experience through a Business Process Management field project, Corporate Immersion class and a 10-day international Global Business Experience — so graduates are  prepared to make immediate contributions upon being hired.

The Professional (Part) MBA Program

The Professional MBA program is designed for those who need to balance the demands of work and family, offering flexibility, choice and the possibility of credit for prior academic work. In addition to foundation courses that expose students to all areas of business, the core of the program focuses on business process, strategic thinking, the application of technology, effective communication and ethical management. Students have opportunities to customize their MBAs with concentrations by choosing electives from eight specialty business disciplines.

MS in Accountancy

The MS in Accountancy (MSA) program has earned national rankings from “U.S. News & World Report” and is one of the few graduate programs to earn a separate accreditation in accountancy from AACSB International. The distinction means that the Bentley MSA program fulfills the academic requirement to become a licensed CPA in Massachusetts and many other states, regardless of students’ previous academic background. Core courses in this program are available online.

MS in Finance

The Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program provides specialized skills in financial analysis and decision-making for individuals with a professional interest in finance. The world-class Hughey Center for Financial Services is equipped with state-of-the-art hardware, access to comprehensive databases and simulation software programs — all of which deliver a working knowledge of the tools and techniques used in industry today.

MS in Financial Planning

The Master of Science in Financial Planning (MSFP) program at Bentley enhances careers in personal financial planning, income tax and estate planning, retirement planning, law, investments, insurance, employee benefits, human resources and banking. Students will learn to help individuals achieve their financial goals through proper planning and wealth management. All courses in this program are available online.

MS in Human Factors in Information Design

The MS in Human Factors in Information Design (MSHFID) is the largest program of its kind in the country and one of the nation’s premier user-experience programs. Students will learn innovative approaches to product development that integrate the goals of the business and the end-user. This innovative program is housed within a business school, giving students the unique ability to see the role that design plays in the larger organizational structure. The program is available online and also through a studio relationship in San Francisco.

MS in Information Technology

The MS in Information Technology (MSIT) prepares professionals for careers that require an integration of information systems knowledge with a strong understanding of the business environment. The MSIT program aims to instill working knowledge of the theory and current practices in distributed systems, communications networks, object-oriented analysis and development, and database technologies used in implementing state-of-the-art business solutions. Graduates often land positions as consultants, risk analysts, systems analysts, project managers, or systems architects and advance quickly in technical and managerial careers.

MS in Marketing Analytics

The Master of Science in Marketing Analytics (MSMA) program teaches students how to become more engaged with consumers, how to design and deliver robust statistical analysis, and how to effectively communicate the resulting insights. Developed in consultation with a variety of marketing firms, the program produces professionals who are comfortable with numbers and able to make marketing decisions based on quantitative analysis. Students gain a firm grounding in the essentials of strategic marketing, while developing the analytical tools needed to thrive in today’s rapidly evolving, information-driven business environment. Ongoing collaboration among faculty and industry practitioners ensures a curriculum that introduces students to the field’s most compelling issues and trends.

MS in Taxation

Nationally prominent and highly respected, the master’s in taxation prepares students to be professional tax advisers and consultants, tax executives in private and public enterprises, and leaders in the field. The instructors are working professionals who practice what they teach. All courses in this program are available in a hybrid online classroom format.

Masters of Business Analytics

A leader in the advanced of study of business analytics for more than 20 years, Bentley designed the Masters in Business Analytics to give students an in-depth understanding of the latest data analytics practices. The program explores commonly used statistical modeling methodologies and leading data mining techniques, and challenges students to not just master data analysis, but be able to refine and develop strategies for communicating their findings. Students can focus their studies in one of six clusters: data science, economics, finance, information management, management or marketing.

About Bentley

A Bentley education is designed to keep students nimble: prepared to identify, create, and adapt to the changes inevitable in work and life. Located on a classic New England campus just 10 miles from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education.

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