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At the Isenberg School of Management, we’re committed to introducing our students to the education, experiences and executives that will make them effective leaders and change agents in the business world.
The Isenberg Advantage As an AACSB-accredited institution, we offer an exceptional education—whether our students are undergraduate or graduate, on-campus or online, or studying full-time or part-time. Our students enjoy an educational experience that gives them a head start in today’s complex business environment. Isenberg’s unique culture sparks community and collaboration, honing the skills to be dynamic team players and confident leaders. And our entrepreneurial spirit encourages students to creatively tackle today’s biggest challenges and harness the most exciting opportunities.
Our academic approach values in-the-trenches learning so students can hit the ground running. Our students enjoy an educational experience that gives them a head start in today’s complex business environment. Why do our students have this head start? It’s called the Isenberg Advantage. Our mentoring and instruction instill confidence and competency, and grooms students for success.
The Isenberg Advantage means that our students:
Learn data-driven decision making, which gives them the business intelligence to make smart, savvy and well-informed decisions
Become change agents who affect positive organizational change, take calculated risks and rise to the top
Understand the power of collaboration and have the skills to effectively work on a team
Develop a strong work ethic where they roll up their sleeves and get things done
Foster an entrepreneurial spirit to become bold, creative problem solvers
History At the start, the school had just 10 faculty members. By 1949, the first 15 students graduated with their bachelor’s degrees in hand. By 1953, the school awarded its first three MBA degrees, marking the beginning of the school’s legacy to admit top-tier students and continually evolve and innovate to meet the needs of the ever-changing business world. Finally, in 1964, the school moved to its current building in the heart of the UMass Amherst campus.
Then, in 1997, the school was renamed to the Isenberg School of Management after long-time school champions Eugene and Ronnie Isenberg donated $6 million. At that time, the Isenberg's contribution was the largest of its kind from an individual in UMass Amherst's history. Read more here.