Massey FAQS


Q: How do I apply for admission?
A: The most convenient method for applying is the online graduate application. Visit Belmont's Graduate Admissions page to apply. The following items are included in a complete application - a $50.00 non - refundable fee, two recommendations, a one page essay on personal and professional goals, a current resume, official transcripts in a sealed, unopened envelope, and a GMAT (or GRE) score report. 

    **If you are an INTERNATIONAL APPLICANT, you must submit an official copy of your TOEFL scores and a Declaration and Certification of Finance Form.  The Certification of Finance Form can be obtained from the International Education Office.  Contact 615-460-5500 or email

Q: What are the admission requirements?
A: To be considered for admission to the MBA/MACC program, you must have:

 a bachelor's degree with acceptable grade point average (international students must have the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a U.S. school).

  •  an acceptable GMAT or GRE score
  •  a minimum of two years full-time work experience beyond your baccalaureate degree is required for Professional MBA applicants  (MACC and Accelerated MBA candidates are exempt from this requirement.  Prospective students interested in the HCMBA must have healthcare - related experience before applying.)

Q: What are the average GMAT and GPA scores for incoming students?
A: We consider each candidate's individual merits, along with their GPA and GMAT score. The average GMAT score for entering students is between 500 and 600 in a typical academic term, and the average GPA is between 3.0 and 3.5.

Q: Does Belmont University offer any GMAT and GRE prep-classes?
A: Yes. The fast-paced Massey School GMAT Foundations of Mathematics and Strategies courses are designed for both those taking the GMAT for the first time and those wanting to improve upon a previous score. The GRE Foundations of Mathematics and Strategies courses are designed for both those taking the GRE for the first time and those wanting to improve upon a previous score.

Q: My undergraduate major was not in business. Can I still apply to Massey?
A: Yes. You do not need an undergraduate business degree to earn a Belmont MBA or MACC.  However, prerequisite requirements that must be completed prior to enrolling in graduate level courses.  These prerequisite requirements can be completed in Belmont's Undergraduate School of Business or at any other accredited undergraduate college or university.  All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.  Official transcripts are required as proof of successful completion. A review of a student's undergraduate transcript will be necessary to determine which prerequisites are required. An alternative to enrolling in individual business courses is the Summer Business Institute (SBI). The SBI is a 10+ week prerequisite course. Classes are held on Tuesdays/Thursdays (6:15 to 9:00 PM) and Saturdays (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM).  Upon successful completion, SBI students are prepared to enter one of Massey's MBA programs in the fall.  A similar program for MACC applicants, the Summer Accounting Institute (SAI), is scheduled on Mondays/Wednesdays and Saturdays.  

Q: May I just take a class or two without being admitted to the program?
A: No. Quality concerns and capacity limits dictate that only students admitted to the Massey Graduate Business School are allowed to enroll in MBA / MACC classes. One important aspect of our program is our small average class sizes, which provide for rich interaction between students and faculty. Accordingly, each class size is limited, and only students accepted into the program are allowed to enroll in the Massey Graduate Business Program.     Students looking for a non-credit program that does not require admittance should consider the Mini MBA.  The Mini MBA is offered by Belmont’s Executive Leadership Institute and is designed for:

  • Those considering a graduate degree who want an overview of Belmont's MBA program
  • Experienced managers seeking a beginning foundation in current business theory and practices
  • Technical professionals moving into management positions and wanting more fundamental management 'know-how'; and/or
  • Managers wanting to become knowledgeable in a variety of functional areas in order to advance in their careers


Q: Why choose a graduate business degree at Belmont?
A: Several components of the graduate business programs at Belmont University are fairly unique:
Unlike many Universities, Belmont allows students to choose between two different MBA programs in order to best accommodate their needs.  The Accelerated Program (AMBA) is designed for talented individuals with little or no full-time business work experience and who want to either reposition themselves for a career in business or accelerate the rate of advancement in their chosen field of business.  The AMBA is designed so that an individual, who has the necessary prerequisite preparation, can complete the program in twelve months. Students are admitted to and may begin their program in the fall semester, unless the Summer Business Institute (SBI) is required.  Massey's Professional MBA  (PMBA) is a challenging, flexible program for experienced and working professionals.  The program combines relevant coursework with practical experience and is designed to meet the contemporary needs of business.  Students are admitted to and may begin their program at any one of three times during the year (fall, spring, or summer). The newest MBA - Healthcare MBA (HCMBA) was created by and for healthcare industry professionals.  Courses are primarily healthcare - specific with regular MBA courses scheduled throughout the degree program.  Applicants to the cohort HCMBA begin coursework in the fall semester.   

As the world was indeed becoming flat, The Massey Graduate School of Business was ahead of its time in 2000 when it began requiring all of its students to take an international study trip at some point during their degree programs. The Massey School views this practice as a way of expanding students' views of culture and the interdependency that exists between companies and countries around the world.  Only a handful of other graduate business programs hold their graduate business students to a similar requirement.  Another unique and innovative feature is The Massey Passport program.  This program offers our graduates an unheard of opportunity where alumni are encouraged to return to campus and continue their education throughout their careers—truly an opportunity for lifelong learning.

Q: When can I begin my classes?
A: Students may begin their coursework three times during the academic year:

August (Fall Term)
January (Spring Term)
June (Summer Term)
August (Fall Term Only)

Q: Can I attend the Professional MBA or MACC program as a full-time student?
A: Yes. For MBA students with the requisite work experience looking to accelerate their program, Massey’s flexibility affords an individual the ability to complete the part-time program at a full-time pace.    The MACC program is offered in a highly flexible format that ranges from any combination of full-time down to a pace of one course per term.

Q: My undergraduate degree is in business. Am I exempted from some MBA classes?
A: No, but you will likely be exempted from much, if not all, of the prerequisite coursework. Each candidate's transcript is evaluated by the Associate Dean to determine the number of prerequisite classes, if any, needed prior to enrolling in graduate level courses.

Q: Will my work experience exempt me from some MBA / MACC classes?
A: No. We value our students' work experience because it helps better relate to the information they learn in our classrooms; however, accredited graduate programs like ours require that students complete actual coursework in all prerequisite, core and elective areas.  Thus, a waiver of classes on the basis of experience violates the rules of our accreditation.

Q: Does the Massey MBA program offer any electives in a specific business concentration?
A: Yes. We offer several specific electives:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • General Business
  • Healthcare
  • Marketing
  • Music Business

**However, an elective track is not required.  Students may combine any elective courses that best suit their needs, offering the ultimate in program flexibility.

Students can further customize their degree program with the electives mentioned above by choosing one of the following concentrations:

  • Accounting
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Negotiation and Mediation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Healthcare Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Music Business

Q: When are Massey’s Graduate classes offered?
A: We offer flexible schedules to accommodate a student's professional and personal commitments, with each required MBA business core course offered three times per year and numerous electives offered as demand requires.  MACC courses are each offered a minimum of one time per year.  All courses are offered in a Monday through Thursday evening format from 6:15 to 9:00 p.m., with a very limited number of occasional Saturday meetings for special events (e.g., multi-class presentation, international study abroad trip, etc.).  Student professionals in the PMBA or MACC programs also have the option of opting in or out of a given term, depending on the demands of work and other life pursuits.  If needed, each PMBA student has up to four years to complete the program once it is begun.  MACC students are allowed up to three years to complete their program.

Q: I have completed some classes in another MBA/MACC program. Can these credits apply to requirements to my graduate degree requirements at Belmont University?
A: The normal expectation is that all work for the MBA degree will be completed at Belmont University. However, in certain cases, up to six hours of transfer credit may be granted for graduate-level courses completed at another AACSB-accredited institution.  These decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, depending on the similarity of the transfer course to what is offered at The Massey School and the perceived quality of the previous institution.

Q: Where I can find more information on course descriptions?
A: For a list of courses taught in The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business and their descriptions, select a program under the  Programs menu option followed by "Curriculum and Required Core Courses. 

Q: Is there any housing available for Graduate students?
A: Belmont University does not provide married or graduate student housing. Off-campus resources can be found on Belmont's Office of Residence Life "Off - Campus Resourses" site. 


Q: Who should I use as references?
A: Two references are required for admission.  Although it is not mandatory, it is strongly recommended for PMBA applicants that one of the forms be completed by an immediate employment supervisor of the applicant.  This serves a dual purpose.  In many cases, there is no one better qualified to comment on the applicant’s maturity and commitment to graduate education.  Also, this informs the supervisor that the applicant is taking on a major time commitment to expand their human capital.  We think that most supervisors will welcome this.  However, in a few cases students have, for one reason or another, been reluctant to include their employment supervisor in the process.  A specific college professor may also be a logical choice for a recommendation, if it has not been too many years since the applicant’s previous studies.  Also, co-workers can be excellent references.  Family members and pastors, because they may lack objectivity, are probably not good selections for letters of reference.

Q: I have not told my employer that I have applied to graduate school. Do I have to include work references?
A: As mentioned above, if possible, we would prefer to have the intuitions of an employment supervisor when evaluating an applicant’s potential for graduate study.  However, it will not negatively impact an applicant’s package to omit work references.


Q. Do I have to be admitted to Belmont University before I can apply for financial aid?
A: You can file the FAFSA without being admitted to Belmont University, but you must be admitted before we can determine your eligibility for financial aid.

Q. Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?
A: Yes, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every academic year. Belmont's priority date for filing the FAFSA is March 1st. All applicants are encouraged to complete the FAFSA online at .  Your award will be determined by your financial need every year.  The good news: after your first filing year, you will be asked to update your application rather than completing a whole new application.  You are encouraged to do this online, and it takes much less time than completing the entire FAFSA!

Q: As a Graduate Student, what types of student loans will be available to me?
A: Subsidized Federal Stafford Loan - Awarded on the basis of financial need.  The federal government pays the interest on the loan until you begin repayment. The student must submit a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete online entrance counseling for his or her first Stafford Loan at Belmont University. Graduate students must be enrolled at least three hours.

Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan - Awarded without regard to financial need.  Interest will accrue from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full unless the student chooses to make the interest payments while in school. Each student must submit a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and complete online entrance counseling for his or her first Stafford Loan at Belmont University. Undergraduate students must be enrolled at least six hours. Graduate students must be enrolled at least three hours.

PLUS Loan for Graduate/Professional Students - You must first apply for the annual maximum Stafford loan amounts. You will then be eligible to apply for a Grad PLUS loan up to the cost of attendance minus financial aid. These loans are based on credit and students must be enrolled at least 3 semester hours.

Federal Perkins Loan - Awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need.  Funds are limited.  Undergraduate students must be enrolled at least six hours. Graduate students must be enrolled at least three hours.

For more information on loans, visit our Student Loan Information page.

Q. How much Stafford loan money can graduate students borrow?
A. Graduate students may borrow up to $20,500.

Q. Does the School provide financial assistance?
A. The Massey School of Business administers limited scholarship funds.  Students are encouraged to apply for Massey scholarships.

Q. Do many students receive a graduate assistantship during their first year?
A. Historically, the Massey has three to four students who receive a graduate assistantship during any given year.  Awards are made on a competitive basis and dependent on a match between the applicant’s specific skill set and School needs during a given academic term.