Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What makes the MBA Program unique?
A: The Assumption MBA Program strives to provide students with:

  • In-depth understanding of the knowledge, concepts, and theories as well as technical and professional skills in “core” areas of general business.
  • Awareness and ability to understand and apply ethical reasoning for business decisions.
  • Research and critical thinking skills to make data-based decisions.
  • Skills to communicate effectively and defend persuasively decisions and recommendations.  
  • Understanding of how to perform in teams in a diverse and multi-cultural business environment.

Courses are taught by either full-time faculty or adjuncts holding high-level degrees, and who are “real-world” practitioners with diverse range of experiences and perspectives.

With an average class size of 15 students or less, learning is through constant dialogue with professors and peers.

Q: How long will it take to complete the MBA program?
A: The MBA degree is 36 credits, and on average, most students take between 2 ½ to 4 years to complete the program. Students have a maximum of seven (7) years allowed to complete the degree from the date of the student’s acceptance. 

Q: Are there any prerequisites to the program?
A: You must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college. The program has 8 Foundations courses as pre-requisites. They do not count toward the MBA degree. If you have a non-business degree or a grade less than a B- in the equivalent undergraduate courses, you will be asked to take these Foundations courses. Otherwise, they will be waived. 

Q: When are courses typically offered and in what format?
A: MBA Foundations and Core Courses are offered all three semesters: fall, spring and summer. Most courses in the fall and spring are offered in a hybrid or blended format where they will meet both in-person and online using Brightspace. Courses are offered in a full-semester format where they will meet face-to-face every other week for 2 hours and 30 minutes. Classes run from 6:30pm to 9:00pm., and are typically offered Monday-Thursday. Foundations Courses are accelerated and offered on Saturdays (3 Saturdays face-to-face combined with online assignments), especially in the fall and spring semesters. Some Electives Classes are also offered on Saturdays. The structure of the blended class and the online weeks at the instructor’s discretion; therefore, no two hybrid classes may be the same. The summer semester commonly offers intensive formats for courses a 6-week format in each of two summer sessions.

Q: Can I complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis?
A: Yes. You choose your status (full-time or part-time) and work with your academic advisor to identify a program plan. Full-time status is taking 3 classes each semester; part-time is 1 or 2 classes.  You may switch your pace at any point during your program through consultation and support of your academic advisor. We do not use a cohort model. Upon acceptance, you will be assigned an academic advisor. As part of your acceptance package, you will receive a worksheet showing clearly the courses that you will have to take to complete the MBA Program.

Foreign students need to be full-time students and take a minimum of three (3) courses or nine (9) credits per semester under their foreign student visa.

Q: Can I take start taking classes before I am formally admitted?
A: Yes. Students interested in the MBA program are allowed to take up to two (2) courses as a non-matriculated student. Permission must be granted by the Program Director to individuals who either 1.) Have an application in progress or, 2.) Are interested in selected courses for personal development without intending to matriculate into the program.

Q. Can I transfer graduate courses into the Assumption MBA Program from another graduate business program?
A: Not more than two (2) graduate business courses or six (6) credits may be transferred into the Assumption MBA program.

Q. What grade point average do I need to have?
A: Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may still apply: We take the entire application materials (Resume, personal statement, and the three letters of recommendations) into consideration when making the final decision about acceptance. Your personal statement is an excellent place to highlight your unique strengths and to address any extenuating circumstances.

Q. Do I need to take the GMAT?
A: You do not currently need to take the GMAT or other standardized tests. The Admissions Committee considers a holistic approach of each candidate’s application in assessing their potential to successfully complete the MBA Program.

Q. Is the Assumption MBA program accredited?
A: The program is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Q: What advice do you have for what I write in my personal statement?
A: The Admissions Committee will consider the match between your professional interests and Assumption’s program offerings. We recommend that you give considerable thought to the content of your essay as it is an important part of the evaluation process. Success in the MBA program and in the field requires high levels of responsibility, integrity, and interpersonal skill, as well as mastery of theory and research methodology. We are seeking candidates who have thought deeply about their reasons to pursue an advanced degree in business. We encourage you to reflect this thought and to describe your preparation thoroughly in the essay you submit.  Your personal statement should answer each of the following questions:

  1. Describe the academic preparation and skills that you have that you believe qualify you for the rigorous training involved in our master's program in Business.
  2. Describe what you hope to accomplish academically during your graduate program and the career goals you have for yourself. Focusing on the actual job you would like to have five years after completing your graduate study will bring specificity to your essay.
  3. Describe your strengths and other qualities that you see as essential to be successful in business. 

Q: Who should I ask for my letters of recommendation?
A: The Admissions Committee requires that you submit three strong positive recommendations from your professors or other professionals for whom you have worked. Only letters that are academic or professional in nature will be considered. 

Q: Where do I send my application materials?
A: Students are encouraged to apply online. Once we receive your application, we will start an official file and update you as materials arrive to the Office of Graduate Studies. Please send all supporting documentation to:

Graduate Studies
Admissions House
Assumption College
500 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609-1296

If you have any questions about your application or the admissions process, please do not hesitate to contact Graduate Studies at (508) 767-7387 or graduate@assumption.edu.

The Admissions Committee will only review your application when it is fully complete.

Key points to remember when preparing your application

There are multiple components to this application. The admissions process is a multi-layered process and not all students that apply are accepted.  Contact the MBA Program Director with questions as you consider if Assumption College is a good fit for your career goals and prepare your application. 

  • Official transcripts from a Bachelor’s degree program (B.A. or B.S.) are required. There is not requirement as to what major(s) a student completed. If any graduate work was completed, official transcripts from all graduate work will also be required.
  • You will need to include 3 letters of recommendation. Each reference can complete the standard form that is included with the application package, and add a personal letter. Select professional references that can speak to your abilities, skills, aptitude, and readiness to enter into and successfully complete this professional master’s degree program.
  • Focus your personal statement on information beyond the material already submitted in your application package. The following questions may assist to focus your thoughts and ideas in preparation for writing your statement: Why are you interested in pursuing an MBA degree? What professional experiences have you had that have contributed to why you are applying now?  What previous professional experiences have you had that are related or inform your decision to pursue the MBA?
  • All materials submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies by the application deadlines. The Office of Graduate Studies will begin a folder for you as soon as you submit materials – you may submit materials piece by piece or in a completed package. They maintain your application file before the deadline that you are applying for. Direct any questions about your materials or confirm receipts of materials to the Office of Graduate Studies. If you wish to defer your application to the next application pool, contact the Office of Graduate Studies to make this update.
  • Completed applications by the stated deadline will be reviewed and considered.

Q: Do I need to have an interview with the MBA Program Director?
A: You are welcome to contact Eric Drouart, MBA Program Director  at 603-767-7457 or edrouart@assumption.edu 
to discuss your career interests and to receive information about your acceptance into the program. You can also get assistance about selecting courses to complete program.

Q: How do I know which courses to take every semester?
A: Individual advising sessions are scheduled one or two weeks preceding online registration for the next semester.