Bentley University Visits AUBG
Are you a business student wondering what to do after graduation? The Bentley University in Boston visited AUBG with an info session where they presented their available graduate programs.
The event was organized by AUBG Business Club and the Admissions Office. Anna-Maria Angelova, the president of the Business Club, said, “Many AUBGers wonder what’s next, even long before they complete their BA degree, so the Business Club along with the Admissions Office decided to host the representatives from Bentley University, to tell us about their MBA programs in business, as it is a highly ranked graduate school in the U.S.”
The representatives, Ann Marie Larese, Associate Director of Graduate Admission and Wendy D’Ambrose, Director MBA/MS Employer Outreach and Graduate Career Services, provided background information about the university. It offers three graduate programs: MBA, Master of Science and Certificate. The MBA programs consist of
the Bentley MBA, Emerging Leaders MBA, MS + MBA, Dual Degree MBA, and Professional MBA. The Master of Science programs consist of 10 classes with a narrow focus on a particular field of study.
There are four main central themes in the university: value, innovation, leadership, and environment. According to D’Ambrose and Larese, they are important and represent the university’s beliefs. The focus is on analysis, business ethics and social responsibility, experiential learning and information technology.
The Bentley University consists of 1,405 graduate students, 18 percent of which are international. The average size of the class is 21 students. Larese said, “In graduate school, you will learn from students as much as you will learn from the faculty members.” She explained that students connect with their colleagues and establish a relationship that is not only professional, but also friendly.
The university is known for its technology. It offers various rooms and facilities where students can gain valuable and professional experience about the market. An example is the Hughey Center for Financial Services Tracking room. It is the university’s largest room, which uses real time data and state-of-art technology. Another example is the Design and Usability center, where students create games, and maps that are later exported to the market. There is also the Center of Marketing Technology room, which enables their faculty to provide students with hands-on-experience with a broad range of new and evolving technology tools to support marketing decision-making.
Gergana Ivanova, a fourth-year student at AUBG, majoring in BUS and JMC, said, “I believe the presentation gave us an interesting perspective and as a senior I appreciate the effort they put in delivering all the details.” She believed it was very helpful.
According to the Princeton Review, the university has received numerous recognitions, such as #5 in USA in Career Services. It requires five foundational courses: Statistics, Economics, Marketing, Accounting, and Finance. If a student has already taken the courses during their bachelor’s studies, he does not have to take them again.
The application process includes the standard requirements. Larese said that, “The interview is the most important part, because this is your chance to make your application alive.” The tuition for two years of education is $70, 000, but there are scholarships available and each student can gain between 10 and 100 percent based on their performance on the requirements above. There is one more thing that students can do to gain a better aid. The seventh requirement in the application process is the extra-credit box. You can use it to explain what else you can bring to the university that makes you unique. It can be a talent that you have, athletic or musical ability.
All the requirements weigh the same amount of points so even if the student did not manage to do well on one of the conditions, he still has a chance for a good scholarship. However, the aid is only for the tuition fee. The living expenses are covered by the student. “Follow your hearts and always try. Careers are not linear, they are not a straight line so don’t be afraid to make a decision,” said D’Ambrose.