The Graduate Business Association

Empowering tomorrow's top business 


The GBA's mission is to continually invest for the overall interest, growth, and benefit of our stakeholders (students, prospective students, and alumni) through academics, professional development, community investment, and social experiences.


Founded in 1983, the Graduate Business Association has been the elected student government of the Isenberg Graduate School of Management and is the cornerstone of student life for full-time MBA and MS candidates at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The GBA has had an impressive history of enhancing the academic experience, meeting professional development needs, providing social opportunities for the graduate students, and contributing back to both the Isenberg community and the larger community in which we live, work, and play.

Academic Initiatives

We enhance the academic experience by providing liaisons between the students and professors and work with the administration on electives offered.

Professional Development

We provide real world professional development including trips to local and regional businesses, inviting guest speakers, and creating networking opportunities.

Community Outreach

We recognize it is important to give back to our community. Every year we offer our services and continually seek ways to participate in the efforts of local charities, and fund raising for the Isenberg School of Management.
Social Activities

A primary purpose of the GBA is to enrich the lives of the students we serve, including bridging 1st and 2nd year MBA students. The relationships built in business school can last a lifetime. We work to create opportunities to grow these relationships in social settings, including Thursday Night Outs (TNOs), the semi-annual GBA Golf Scramble, and our holiday and spring parties.