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UMass Lowell MBA Program Among Best in Country

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The Princeton Review ranks UMass Lowell’s Robert J. Manning School of Business among the best in the country.

By Jill Gambon

For the fifth year in a row, UMass Lowell’s Robert J. Manning School of Business has been named one of the best business schools in the country by the Princeton Review.  In its newly published book, “The Best 294 Business Schools: 2012 Edition,” the education services company recommends UMass Lowell as one of the top universities for earning a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA).

“We chose the 294 business schools in this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools,” says Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher at the Princeton Review. “We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experience at their schools.”

Princeton Review editors described UMass Lowell’s MBA program as “providing a good balance between reputation and affordability” with an “excellent online program that allows you to blend online and on-campus courses.”

The guidebook, which does not rank the schools numerically, is a key resource for people who are considering MBA programs. It includes profiles on each institution that address academics, career placement services, student life and admissions. In surveys, UMass Lowell students described the faculty as “excellent and helpful” and the MBA program as giving “the best value for your money.”

“Our MBA program continually evolves to address the changing needs of management professionals who seek to advance their careers,” says Dean Kathryn Carter. “We are extremely proud of our faculty, students and alumni, who all contribute to the program’s strength.”
Enrollment in the University’s MBA program is up 17 percent this year, according to Prof. Gary Mucica, director of graduate programs at the Manning School. Contributing to that increase is the new full-time MBA program, which was introduced this semester, and the popularity of online courses.

 “We continue to grow the scope of the program,” Mucica says.

According to the Princeton Review survey, employers that most frequently hire UMass Lowell MBA graduates include Bank of America, TD Bank, Fidelity, Putnam Investments, Raytheon, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, EMC, Cisco and the U.S. Air Force.