UMass Amherst Part-Time Professional MBA Program Will Move to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield

AMHERST, Mass. - The Part-time Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts will begin offering classes this fall in the Chestnut Building Conference Center at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. An open house at the new facility will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The part-time MBA program has been offered at Holyoke Community College (HCC) for the past 10 years, but moved to the Springfield location this fall because HCC officials need the classroom space for their own courses, according to Eric N. Berkowitz, director of the UMass MBA programs.

Berkowitz says the new classroom space at Baystate Medical Center includes "executive-style classrooms" in a new building that is attached to the main hospital. There are currently about 350 people enrolled in the program, Berkowitz says, and with this new location in the city of Springfield, it is expected the number of students will increase in the next few years.

Officials at Baystate Medical Center welcome the move. "We are very pleased that the Isenberg School of Management will offer the professional MBA program in our educational facilities," says Paul Friedmann, senior vice president for academic affairs. "We look forward to developing an excellent and growing relationship with the University and to making this education more accessible for members of the Baystate Medical Center family."

Courses in the program will also begin to be offered online this fall, Berkowitz says. Robert A. Nakosteen, associate professor of finance and operations management, will teach the initial three-credit, interactive course, Business Data Analysis. More courses will be added in subsequent semesters, Berkowitz says. "Our students will be able to mix the mode of attending class and eventually the whole program will be available online," Berkowitz says. The online option will increase the flexibility for students and quicken the time in which a working professional can obtain an MBA degree, he says.

He says the main market for the program is working professionals seeking to improve their business credentials, and he predicts that the new location will boost an existing trend of more nurses and health care professionals seeking MBA degrees.