University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Isenberg School of Management

Isenberg School of Management

Isenberg School of Management

79. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Isenberg School of Management

121 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003

Admissions: 413-545-5608

The Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts–Amherst offers graduate programs in these departments and concentrations: accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, general management, health care administration, hotel administration, human resources management, leadership, manufacturing and technology management, marketing, not-for-profit management, production/operations management, organizational behavior, public administration, public policy, sports business, supply chain management/logistics, and technology.

The University of Massachusetts—Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management offers MBA students the option of taking courses in person, online, or both. The full-time program in Amherst mixes general business courses and focused electives into a two year program. Online course grant students the flexibility to pursue their MBA without relocating or taking time off from their careers.

For students looking for balance between flexibility and face time can enroll in Isenberg’s blended program, which mixes online courses with in-person classes administered at satellite campuses in Holyoke, Shrewsbury, or Pittsfield, Mass. Students enrolled in the online and blended programs can work at their own pace provided they complete their MBA in four years. Isenberg School of Management students can also pursue a dual degree, combining their MBA with and M.S. in Sports Management, Public Policy and Administration, or Engineering.

In addition to academics, Isenberg students can network with fellow MBA candidates during Thursday Nights Out, a weekly dinner and happy hour hosted by the schools chapter of the Graduate Business Association. Other networking opportunities include the National Association of Women MBAs, and Net Impact, a sustainable business group.

Research-driven students at Isenberg can delve into the dynamics of the sports industry at the Center for Spectator Sports Research, study global market behavior at the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets, or discover how complex networks of logistics, finance, and telecommunication interact through the Virtual Center for Supernetworks. Isenberg students can also gain real-world experience in small business development via the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, a federal-state partnership providing one-on-one consulting to individuals and businesses.

Graduates of the Isenberg School of Management are part of an alumni network that includes Jeff Taylor, founder of the job-search website; and John F. Smith Jr., former CEO of both Delta Air Lines and General Motors.

Latest Up-to-Date MBA Rankings:

Poets&Quants (2013): 79
BusinessWeek (2012): NR
Forbes (2013): NR
U.S. News & World Report (2014): NR
Financial Times (2014): NR
The Economist (2013): NR

Ranking Analysis:

The biggest shift for the Isenberg School of Management was falling off of U.S. News’ 2014 ranking of the best business schools. Isenberg’s full-time MBA program isn’t well-recognized on a national level. Nonetheless, its alternative offerings are well-ranked by U.S. News. It has the 16th best part-time MBA and the 27th best online graduate business program.

Tuition & Fees: $2,640 (resident) $9,937 (non-resident)
Average GMAT: 631
GMAT Range (mid-80%): 563-704
Average GPA: 3.30
GPA Range (mid-80%): 3-3.7
Acceptance Rate: 19.7%

Full-Time Enrollment: 43
International: 39.5%
Minority: 7.0%
Female: 41.9%
Average Age: 28

Average Base Salary: $65,375
Average Signing Bonus: $8,333
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers at Graduation: NR
Percentage of MBAs with Job Offers Three Months Later: NR

  • Thanks for your interest in Isenberg! We were not ranked in US News in 2015 because we did not have a sufficient number of graduates in the May 2013 class to meet the requirement for number of graduates set by US News. We’re a small program by design as Isenberg invests heavily personally, professionally and financially in each of our Full-time MBAs.

    As you may be aware, each Full-time MBA we admit receives a working fellowship which includes full tuition support, a stipend, and health care benefits. In return, our fellows work 10 hours per week on strategic initiatives in various disciplines (marketing, analytics, entrepreneurship, etc.) across Isenberg. It’s a powerful partnership, and it’s paying dividends not only in our Full-time program, but across Isenberg and at UMass.

    In our May 2014 class, we did graduate a sufficient number of Full-time MBAs to be included in the US News rankings and we’re confident we’ll have a strong showing in the 2016 rankings!

    – Michael Famighette – Director, Full-time MBA at Isenberg

  • Davies

    UMass was ranked 76th nationally by US News for 2014 –

    Isenberg (undergraduate) was ranked 36th nationally by Bloomberg Businessweek, and 52nd by US News

  • Michael

    I was wondering the same. They were in the top 50 last year.

  • Allen

    Does anyone know why UMass dropped out of the US News rankings? And also if anyone has feedback on the Isenberg MBA I’d appreciate it, I’m considering attending this school.