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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Your path to becoming a business leader with strong analytical skills.

The MBA/MS dual degree program will give you a hands-on, real-world education. This immersive residential program builds a close-knit community; provides individualized career support; and enables you to strategize and lead in a data-centric world.

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MBA/MSBA Fellowship

Every On-Campus MBA/MSBA student is awarded a Fellowship that fully funds MBA tuition, partially funds MSBA tuition, provides an annual stipend and health insurance. The Fellowship also provides valuable hands-on experience and resume-building skills. Fellows work in marketing analytics, finance, diversity, equity and inclusion, entrepreneurship, project management, product management and more, taking on real business opportunities and strategic initiatives for Isenberg and across campus.

Innovative Business Analytics Curriculum

Data is everywhere, and every organization needs to apply data analytics. As an MBA student, you need an analytics background and vocabulary to set strategy and lead in the data-centric business world. Coursework in Business Intelligence, Data Management, Data Mining, Data Science for Business, and Application Development with Python will prepare you to navigate the analytics landscape

STEM OPT Classification

The MBA/MSBA dual degree is ideal for international students. The STEM OPT classification allows students to extend their time in the U.S. to gain practical work experience, and the CPT requirements allow them to accept paid internships. This STEM-designated degree offers students highly sought-after technical expertise and our Office of Career Success offers students the professional development they need to secure their career path.

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Career Focused

Career Focused

Students kick off their MBA/MSBA program with a three-day Leadership Orientation Session, where they are put through their paces on presentation skills, resume writing, and team-building exercises so they start networking and career development from day one. Isenberg's Office of Career Success provides access to career coaches and IConnect, an online professional development platform.

What I really value about this program is that it is forcing me to think more strategically and be more flexible in the way that I approach problem solving. We really are challenged to think outside of the box and study cases from the past and build upon that knowledge to think about the future.
Kierra Bowman, MBA '23
The skills learned in the MSBA program are in demand by employers. I am able to showcase the skills in job interviews, case studies, and use these tools at my disposal so that I'm a valuable asset when I enter the workforce.
Christina Harvey, MSBA '22

Application Requirements


Online Application

All prospective students must complete a University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate School Graduate Admissions Online Application.

Personal Statement

A personal essay should be one to two pages in length, and include information about your past and current academic and professional history, your future goals and reasons for pursuing the MBA/MSBA dual degree, and other pertinent details that will help us evaluate you as a candidate.


We prefer our on-campus MBA/MSBA applicants have at least 3 years of experience in their field. Prior business education is not required to be admitted into the program. 

Official Transcripts

Please submit your transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, undergraduate and graduate, where nine (9) or more credits were earned. Unofficial transcripts uploaded to the 'Additional Materials' page of your application are acceptable. Upon admittance, official transcripts will need to be submitted, either electronically or in paper format, directly by each institution's Registrar to the Graduate Student Service Center.  Review the instructions on this page for instructions on submitting official transcripts.

International Transcripts and Degree Certificates: If your transcript does not clearly indicate the awarding of your degree, with the degree title and date awarded, we need the diploma and/or degree certificate in addition to the official final transcripts.

English Translation:Transcripts and degree documents that are in a language other than English must be accompanied with an official English translationor an official credential evaluation from aNACESmember.

Please consult the UMass Graduate School international applicants page for additional details about prerequisite degrees. 

Letters of Recommendation

Your two letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know you on a professional level and well enough to provide specific examples and details regarding your past performance and competencies. Two professional references are encouraged, but one academic and one professional reference is acceptable.


Our admissions process is competitive.  A strong GMAT/GRE score will enhance any application.  Candidates, however, can make a case for admission without a GMAT or GRE score by submitting application materials which demonstrate strong professional experience and/or academic accomplishments such as

  • Doctorate Degree, including a JD, PhD, PharmD, MD/DO, or international medical graduate with an ECFMG or Fifth Pathway.
  • Bachelor’s Degree with a 3.2 or higher cumulative GPA and 5+ years of professional work experience.

For Non-Native English Speakers Only: English Language Proficiency Scores

Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their English proficiency by submitting scores from a standardized English Language Proficiency Test. This is not required of U.S. citizens or non-U.S. citizens who hold U.S. Permanent Resident Status. For admission to the MBA, the minimum scores for admission are as follows: the minimum combined TOEFL score is 100; the minimum IELTS Academic combined score is 7; the minimum Duolingo English Test overall score is 120; and the minimum PTE Academic overall score is 68. Please note, when reviewing an application, the UMass Graduate School does not superscore language tests (e.g. we do not accept the ETS MyBest Score set). Please consult the UMass Graduate School International Applicants page for additional details.


After the admissions committee’s review of a completed application for the On-Campus MBA, selected candidates will be invited to meet with members of the committee to discuss their professional and academic experiences. The interview is part of the admissions process for all candidates to the program

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Follow our step-by-step process to complete your online application.

  1. Once you click Apply Now, you will be taken to the University's secure online student information system, SPIRE.
  2. Follow the “Go to Application” link to create your user account to begin your application process.
  3. Complete the admissions requirements and submit your application. Note: you can save and resume your application process as you gather required materials.
  4. After submitting, track your application at the Graduate School Status of Application page.
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