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Graduate Pre-Master’s Program (PMP): Business

The Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell has a long history of educating business leaders. Through programs in accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain and operations management we provide students with the broad range of skills necessary for success.

Your direct pathway to UMass Lowell

Location

Duration

Two semesters

Semester start dates

Summer: May 2017

Fall: September 2017

Spring: January 2018

Programs

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program is designed to prepare managers to effectively lead organizations in rapidly changing and diverse regional, national, and global competitive environments. The MBA program at UMass Lowell integrates theory and practice, using case studies, experiential learning techniques, and field programs applicable to a wide variety of commercial, industrial and not-for-profit settings.
The MBA program with options in Accounting, Finance & Information Technology is designed to prepare graduates to:
- Understand the role of business in creating and capturing value in the economic system
- Integrate the functional areas of business to create value for the firm
- Effectively converse across all business functions in order to have an integrated perspective on business problems and issues
- Use the management process necessary to lead change
- Make ethical decisions fostering corporate citizenship
- Demonstrate competency in critical thinking and communication skills leading to effective problem solving and decision making

The goal of the Master of Science in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship (MSITE) is to provide engineers, business majors and scientists with the skills and knowledge required to drive innovation in today's collaborative, global workforce. Using a combination of class work, case work and real-world project activity, students will:
- Understand and leverage the business opportunities accompanying technology innovation within established companies and through the launch of new ventures.
- Develop an understanding of technology innovation and entrepreneurship from both an academic and applied perspective.
- Learn how to appropriately value and finance technology innovations and new ventures.
- Develop the market research and sales skills necessary to position technology innovations to create competitive advantage.
- Develop the management skills required to identify, launch and execute innovative products, services and new ventures.
- Develop an applied understanding of the regulatory and property law issues accompanying the innovation and entrepreneurship processes.
- Develop the project management and interdisciplinary team skills required to manage in an open collaboration environment.
A graduate of the MSITE program should be prepared to manage innovation in established firms or to launch new technology-oriented ventures.

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program in the Manning School of Business at UMass Lowell provides an economically affordable opportunity for qualified students to meet the licensing requirements to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) or to prepare for accounting careers in the corporate or government/nonprofit environment. 
The Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy has classified MSA program at Manning School of Business as “Level 1” and deemed the program to be substantially equivalent to AACSB standards. Any student who earns a graduate degree in accounting from a Level 1 program is judged to have satisfied the educational requirements to take the CPA exam. Students who earn degrees from non-Level 1 programs must demonstrate that they have satisfied such educational requirements. Therefore, our MSA program’s Level 1 status makes it easier for UMass Lowell accounting graduates to eventually become Certified Public Accountants (CPA).
The MSA will prepare graduates to succeed in a competitive environment and a respected profession, one whose members continue to be in high demand from public accounting firms, financial institutions, industry, government agencies, municipalities, schools and hospitals, and charitable organizations. Most courses are available online, and the program is open to either full-time or part-time students. 

The Master of Science in Business Analytics at UMass Lowell integrates theory and practice, giving students a solid foundation of analytical skills that can be used to solve real-world problems. Take advantage of leading-edge analytics software and hardware, including SAS, R, Table and BLOOMBERG TERMINALS. A capstone project will connect you with industry partners to solve real-world problems using business analytics tools. Private and public firms in fields as diverse as health care, finance, logistics and marketing need business analysts to help identify and solve problems related to forecasting, customer relationship management and revenue optimization. Experts predict in the next 10 years there will be hundreds of thousands of JOBS IN BUSINESS ANALYTICS.

The Finance Department at The Manning School of Business (MSB) offers a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program. The Finance Department offers the MSF degree in addition to a finance concentration in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree, a finance concentration in the Master of Business Administration degree, and a doctoral degree in Finance.  All degree programs offered by the Finance Department, along with all programs offered by the MSB are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accreditation is the highest level of accreditation for a business school, and documents the commitment of the Finance Department, the Manning School of Business, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell to excellence in education and continuous improvement of programs to keep them rigorous and relevant.

Business sample course list :

PMP academic requirements:

Undergraduate degree, 2.7+ GPA

Additional requirements:

Three letters of recommendation; resume; statement of purpose. Work experience not required.

PMP language requirements:

IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5) / TOEFL iBT 80

ESL:

Academic English program available for students not meeting PMP language requirements

The following is a sample course listing, which may vary by degree program and student academic background. It is not intended for current student advising purposes.

PMP program components*
Semester 1 Credits

Navigating the Graduate Pathway

3

Academic Communications for Graduate Students

3

Financial Accounting

2 (UML)

Operating Fundamentals

2 (UML)

GMAT Support Tutorial

Non-credit

Total credits

10

Semester 2 Credits

Advanced Communication for Graduate Students

3

Marketing Fundamentals

2 (UML)

Business Financial Analysis

2 (UML)

Organizational Behavior

2 (UML)

Global Enterprise and Competition

2 (UML)

GMAT Support Tutorial

Non-credit

Total credits

11

Total PMP credits

21

Program information

Credit hours:

  • 12 credits transfer to MBA degree
  • 30 credits remaining to complete degree

Progression requirements:

  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA; minimum B grade in all courses
  • Minimum score of 59 on Pearson Versant English test
  • GMAT score of 500 with 25% in verbal component (can be waived by obtaining cumulative 3.5 GPA across 12 transferable credits)
  • Successful completion of all conditions listed on University conditional acceptance letter
UMass Lowell Manning School of Business degree programs
  • MBA
  • MS, Accounting
  • MS, Finance
  • MS, Information Technology
  • MS, Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship (MSITE)