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Master of Business Administration - MBA

The MBA Program at UMass Lowell prepares managers to effectively lead organizations in rapidly changing and diverse regional, national and global environments.

Full time Part time Online

The Manning School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB-accredited schools have the highest-quality faculty, relevant and challenging curriculum, and provide educational and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

The MBA program offers the following options*:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Managerial Leadership
  • Marketing

*A student not interested in a specific option may earn a general business MBA.

The MBA program is designed to prepare graduates to:

  1. Understand the role of business in creating and capturing value in the economic system
  2. Integrate the functional areas of business to create value for the firm
  3. Effectively converse across all business functions in order to have an integrated perspective on business problems and issues
  4. Use the management process necessary to lead change
  5. Make ethical decisions fostering corporate citizenship
  6. Demonstrate competency in critical thinking and communication skills leading to effective problem solving and decision making

For more information on our MBA Program, please download our MBA Program Outline (pdf) and MBA Options Sheet (pdf).

For the latest details about requirements, admission, curriculum, course listings and degree pathways please visit the UMass Lowell online Graduate Catalog.

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The MBA program consists of twelve credit hours of prerequisite foundation core courses which may be waived with undergraduate work within the last 10 years with grades of 'B' or better, and thirty credit hours (10 courses) of advanced courses and electives.

Recommended Courses:

  • Microeconomics
  • Statistics

Foundations Core Courses (8-week Courses offered twice per semester):

(six 2-credit courses - 12 credits total)

  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Financial Analysis
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Operations Fundamentals
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Global Enterprise and Competition

Required Advanced Core Courses:

(seven 3-credit courses - 21 credits total):

  • Accounting Information for Management Decisions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Analysis of Customers and Markets
  • Management Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Managing Organization Design and Change
  • Strategy Formulation and Implementation (capstone course, to be taken in the last semester before graduation)


(Three 3-credit courses - 9 credits total):
A variety of electives are offered each semester. 

For the latest course information, including course listings, degree pathways and more, please consult the UMass Lowell online Graduate Academic Catalog.

Admission to the MBA Program

Admission to the MBA program is open to students who have earned four-year baccalaureate degrees. An aptitude for management decision-making and demonstrated academic ability are the most important qualifications for admission.

New students are admitted to the MBA program on a rolling basis. Once the application is complete and all materials are received, you can expect a decision within ten U.S. business days.

MBA Application Requirements

  • A completed Graduate Application
  • An official transcript of grades from undergraduate institution(s). A foreign credential evaluation is required for degrees earned outside of the U.S. - CED Evaluations.
  • An official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. Applicants may waive the GMAT exam based on certain criteria. To apply for a GMAT Waiver, please complete the GMAT Waiver Form (pdf) and email it to:
  • Once the form is submitted, you can usually expect a decision within ten U.S. business days.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Recommenders may send in their own letter or complete our Recommendation Form (pdf).
  • A resume (Not required for BS/MS students)
  • A one-page Statement of Purpose highlighting academic and career goals
  • If the applicant is a citizen of a non-English speaking country or has never earned an academic degree in the United States, a score report for TOEFL with a 600 (paper based), 250 (computer based) or 100 (Internet based) minimum or an IELTS band score of 7.5 or above must be submitted.

If you are not in UMass Lowell’s MBA program but would like to take a course, please complete the Non-Degree Course Registration Form. Students with bachelor's degrees from accredited institutions may be eligible to enroll as non-degree students for a total of 6 credits prior to matriculating into a formal Manning School of Business graduate degree programs.

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UMass Lowell undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA or better have the opportunity to save time and money by earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in a little as five years. Students can continue from bachelor’s to master’s level studies within their own department. Or students can apply to a program in a different department to create a set of skills to meet emerging needs in the workplace and their own academic interests.
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Please refer to the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog for the latest information about admission, courses, retention, degree and thesis requirements.

Why Study Business at UMass Lowell?

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Online & On-Campus Options

The MBA is available for:


Find Your Place

MBA students can choose from the following options or enroll as a general business candidate:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Managerial Leadership
  • Marketing