Charlton College of Business University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Charlton College of Business University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA
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March 1
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AACSB-Accredited MBA Program with a Wide Range of Specialties

The Charlton College of Business at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth offers seven undergraduate Bachelor of Science degrees, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, and several graduate certificates. It also offers a combined MBA/Juris Doctor (JD). Certificate programs are also offered in Accounting, Business Foundations, Environmental Policy, Finance, International Business, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Supply Change Management and Information Systems, Sustainable Development.

The college is the only AACSB-accredited public business school in the southern region of Massachusetts. AACSB-accredited institutions have a recognized level of quality, higher admission standards, and more research opportunities.

A Flexible, Customizable MBA Program

The Charlton College of Business MBA program is 30 credit hours and can be completed in one year of full-time study. However, many students elect to attend classes part-time while continuing professional careers and therefore require more flexible options, so classes are offered online and in the evenings to accommodate student schedules. In addition to the main campus at UMass-Dartmouth, MBA classes are offered at Bristol and Cape Cod Community College.

MBA students can choose between 11 different concentrations, each consisting of three classes: accounting, finance, marketing, organizational leadership, supply chain management and information systems, environmental policy, health management system, international business, public management, and sustainable development. Students can also build their own concentrations in areas of interest by choosing three approved electives.

MBA/JD Program--Two Degrees in Less Time

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth also offers two joint MBA programs for students who wish to combine their MBA skills in combination with other fields such as law or environmental and ecological policy.

The MBA/JD program gives students the choice between full-time or part-time study by offering classes during the evenings and on weekends, as well as during the day. Full-time students can finish both degrees in about three years. Students applying to this program must satisfy the admissions requirements for both schools and apply separately to the Charlton College of Business and the UMass-Dartmouth School of Law.

Students completing the MBA/environmental policy concentration degree graduate with an MBA and a post-baccalaureate certificate in environmental policy, granted by the UMass-Dartmouth Department of Public Policy. Applicants do not apply to both programs; instead, they register for the environmental policy certificate classes after they have completed at least 15 credit hours in the MBA program.

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements

All students in the UMass-Dartmouth MBA program take seven core classes, including strategic management, advanced organizational behavior, and finance for decision making. Students then choose a concentration, taking three or four elective classes in that topic. Students entering the MBA program without an undergraduate degree in business are required to take three additional courses before beginning the program. These classes cover accounting, managerial finance, and statistical analysis.

Graduation from the MBA program requires completion of 30 credit hours, which include the seven core classes and the three elective/concentration classes. All classes are taken at UMass-Dartmouth; however, up to six credits taken prior to enrollment may be transferred.

12-Credit Certificate Programs

The Charlton College of Business at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth offers graduate certificates for students who possess a bachelor's degree and want to develop specialized business skills without a complete MBA program. Certificate programs are 12 credits and are offered online or in the classroom. Areas of certification are similar to the concentration fields for the full MBA: accounting, business foundations, environmental policy, finance, international business, marketing, organizational leadership, supply chain management and information systems, and sustainable development.

Students who earn graduate certificates and enter the MBA program at later dates can apply the certificate credits (provided they earned "B's" or higher) toward earning an MBA.

Experienced Faculty Members with a Wide Range of Backgrounds

Classes are taught by a diverse group of faculty members who have a wide array of business experience and are leading scholars in their fields. Students take classes from faculty members with published research, such as Dr. Dan Braha, an expert in design, implementation, and dynamics of complex socio-engineered systems; and Dr. Duong Nguyen, PhD, who investigates asset pricing, microstructure, and corporate finance.

The Business Innovation Research Center at UMass-Dartmouth

The Business Innovation Research Center (BIRC) is an organization at UMass-Dartmouth providing individual companies with advice on a wide range of business issues, including technology, manufacturing, and service. Students enrolled in the MBA program have access to the workshops and lectures led by BIRC faculty members and can participate as graduate assistants on research projects.

Central to the purpose of the BIRC is collaboration between the faculty members, students, businesses, and community groups in building the economy through its programs and projects. The goal of the BIRC's research is to examine current and emerging concerns related to modern, international business and economics.

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students applying to the UMass-Dartmouth MBA program must already have a bachelor's degree. To be considered for the program, students must submit all previous college transcripts, GMAT test scores, two letters of recommendation each, and their current resumes. An essay describing an applying student's goals and reason for entering the program is also required.

The University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth offers financial aid, scholarships, fellowships, and work/study programs to help graduate students pay for the cost of the MBA program. Close to 70% of MBA graduate students receive some form of tuition assistance.

A Beachside Location with Unlimited Cultural Opportunities

UMass-Dartmouth is one of the five universities in the public University of Massachusetts system. It offers more than 64 undergraduate fields of study and over 40 graduate programs. The 710-acre campus is located on the Atlantic coast in southern Massachusetts, referred to as the SouthCoast, just one hour from Boston and 35 minutes from Providence and Newport. The beach is minutes away.

The SouthCoast Massachusetts area is a popular tourist destination with a variety of beaches, parks, restaurants, and shopping venues. There are many art galleries, museums, and music events in the towns of New Bedford and Fall River, both only 10 to 15 minutes from campus.

Location & Contact

Charlton College of Business

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

285 Old Westport Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
United States

Toby Stapleton

Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies, Charlton College of Business

Phone: 508-999-8543
Fax: 508-999-8646

Steven Briggs

Director of Marketing and Recruitment for Graduate Studies

Phone: 508-999-8604
Fax: 508-999-8183

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      Graduate Certificate
      Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 145
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 9
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


81% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 287
    • Accepted 235
    • Acceptance Rate 81
    • Enrolled 163
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $60
    • Application Fee - International $60
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 1st February 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline December 1st November 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGMAT, statement of purpose (minimum of 300 words), resume, and 2 letters of recommendation, official transcripts
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced Degreesstatement of purpose (minimum of 300 words), resume, official transcripts
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 533 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students329
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students329
    • Part-time Percentage55%
    • Full-time Percentage45%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino3%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian77%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian6%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races3%
    • Unknown7%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty54
    • Full-time Percentage69%
    • Part-time Percentage31%
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchManaging diversity, e-commerce, agile manufacturing, green business, activity-based management, build-to-order supply chain management
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,314,000