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Master of Business Administration - MBA

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Full time Part time Online BA/BS to MBA Duration: Approx. 2 years

The MBA program at UMass Lowell prepares students to effectively lead organizations in rapidly changing and diverse regional, national and global business environments, and fosters connections with alumni who lead Fortune 500 and innovative start-up companies – as well as everything in between.

Graduates of the MBA program are poised to advance within an organization, or start a new job or a new business with the credentials – and depth of knowledge – necessary to advance. Several different options allow students to tailor the program to their career needs, and the program’s flexibility allows students to attend full- or part-time, with online options. Our MBA graduates benefit not only from the degree itself, but also from the name of the degree-granting institution – the well-established, AACSB accredited, and highly ranked University of Massachusetts Lowell.

UMass Lowell has a long history in business education, preparing students for current and emerging economic sectors. Close ties to industry have developed, since our first managers were trained to lead the industrial revolution of the 1800s, which began in Lowell. These real-world connections infuse the MBA curriculum, while offering students a wide range of internship experiences and links to future employers. 

Today, UMass Lowell MBA alumni lead companies in the financial, life sciences, high technology and defense sectors, to name just a few. They have also started numerous new ventures. UMass Lowell is a recognized innovation hub, hosting two start-up business incubators. UMass Lowell’s Manning School of Business partners with the Francis College of Engineering and the UMass Medical School to bring new medical device products to market, and the university hosts one of the world’s most respected conferences on entrepreneurialism in higher education.

The MBA, General Business Option

Course Requirements:

Course Credits (10 courses, 30 credits)

  • Accounting Information for Management Decisions
  • Corporate Finance
  • Management Information Systems
  • Managing Organizational Change
  • Customers & Markets
  • Operations Management
  • Strategy Formation & Implementation (capstone course)

3 Manning School of Business electives

Students may focus their electives and pursue an option in any of the following:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics (STEM Designated*)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • Managerial Leadership
  • Marketing

For more information on the MBA curriculum including course listings and degree pathways, visit the Graduate Catalog.

*Most international students who complete a STEM designated program are eligible to request extending their Optional Practical Training (OPT) by as much as 24 months for a total of 36 months.

  • Submitted online application
  • 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
  • Official transcript from previously earned degrees
  • 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:
  • 3 letters of recommendation. Recommenders may send in their own letter or complete our Recommendation Form (pdf)
  • A resume (not required for Bachelor's to Master's students)
  • Statement of purpose
  • $50 application fee
International Applicants

UMass Lowell Bachelor's to Master's Applicants

UMass Lowell undergraduate students with a 3.0 GPA or better may be eligible for the accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program, in which students have the opportunity to save time and money by earning a bachelor's and a master's degree in a little as five years.

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.

Visit Graduate Admissions for more information.

Learn About the Application Process


Cost Per Credit: $655*
Total Tuition (based on 30 credits): $19,650*


Cost Per Credit: $844.99*
Total Tuition (based on 30 credits): $25,349.70*

Out-of-state/International Students

Cost Per Credit: $1,499.44*
Total Tuition (based on 30 credits): $44,983.20*

*These estimated graduate charges are for the 2021-2022 academic year. These prices are subject to change by vote of the UMass Board of Trustees.


For more information on tuition and financing, visit Costs & Aid for Graduate Programs.

According to the Financial Times, those who earn an MBA more than doubled their pre-MBA salaries within three years. According to, the average salary for MBA graduates is $85,000, and salaries vary greatly depending on which industry the MBA graduate is in.

Students in UMass Lowell’s MBA program develop an understanding of all business processes, so that they are able to solve problems and integrate across all areas, bringing value to, and creating value for, their firm. They learn which management processes are necessary to for making changes, and so can lead change, and bring the critical thinking and communication skills that aid in ethical, effective problem solving and decision making.  

Alumni of the MBA program work in companies such as HP, Microsoft, State Street Corporation and iRobot, and have started companies including Venture Enterprises. UMass Lowell’s longstanding relationships with regional businesses and its global alumni network help our graduates succeed.

Why Study Business at UMass Lowell?


“I learned not only how to build a team, but how to communicate with a team and be efficient.”

Manning School of Business MBA coursework provided service learning opportunities to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, native Covington Bien-Aimé. He improved his team management skills, while working with students from many countries to give help to communities in need. Read more

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