Bentley University is one of the nation's leading business schools, dedicated to graduating future business leaders who possess exceptional professional skills, along with a broad global perspective and high ethical standards. From humble beginnings as a local accounting school, Bentley has risen to become one of the country's leading top professional schools offering undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees. U.S. News & World Report now ranks Bentley No. 2 on its list of best undergraduate programs among regional universities in the North. The Princeton Review places Bentley among the top three colleges in career placement, while Money Magazine lists it as the twelfth best institution for business majors.
Located on a classic New England campus just minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of scholars, professionals, and creative thinkers with a history of innovative educational practices. Blending business, technology and the liberal arts, Bentley provides students with relevant, practical, and transferable skills. Its motto is "Paratus," Latin for "Prepared."
Bentley is unique in many ways, most notably in the way it infuses an advanced business curriculum with the richness of a liberal arts education. Bentley also combines the research aspirations of a large university with the student-focus of a small liberal arts college. The university is widely known for fostering women's business leadership and incorporating technology into education. And, it is one of only three universities in the U.S. with EQUIS accreditation, which speaks to the university's overall quality and its high level of internationalization in its faculty, research, and educational offerings.
The Bentley University mission is: To educate creative, ethical, and socially responsible organizational leaders by creating and disseminating impactful knowledge within and across business and the arts and sciences.
Distinguishing characteristics of Bentley
Bentley University's identity is based upon promoting principled and transformative enterprise through education and impactful research, building on its historical strengths in accountancy, finance, business ethics and information technology.
Thanks to its achievements, Bentley is highly sustainable in resources and scale, and an attractive partner for global centers of teaching and research excellence.
Bentley's vision for diversity is to create an institution in which people do not experience barriers because of aspects of their identity unrelated to their performance. The recognition that diversity is a business imperative for the 21st century lies at the heart of Bentley's concern with diversity.
Bentley distinctively integrates business and arts and sciences to produce graduates respected for their professional and societal contributions throughout their lives, with influential academic centers in Business Ethics and Service Learning
Bentley students are skilled in using practical, innovative technology that is incorporated into the curriculum. They learn to use a range of business software employed across campus and in specialized learning spaces such as the Bentley Trading Room, the Center for Marketing Technology, and the CIS Sandbox.
Students comprise a highly motivated residential community of scholars, with a rich student life complementing academics which includes a full range of athletic, intramural, and co-curricular activities.
The strong Career Services function aids in successfully placing Bentley undergraduates into top leadership programs and impressive business positions at firms across the country. Princeton Review rated Bentley #2 among all US colleges in 2017 for Career Services and #4 for internships. The Class of 2017 placement rate was 97%.
The Miller Center for Career Services has ranked in the top 5 institutions in Princeton Review for the last five years, with a #1 Ranking in the US in 2017. In addition, the Center was recognized as a leading university in providing undergraduate internship opportunities.
In June 2018, Undergraduate Career Services was awarded the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Services Excellence Award for an innovative suite of courses, entitled Career Development Introduction which provide comprehensive career preparation.
Bentley prides itself on its outstanding research faculty. Last year, Bentley's Accountancy Department ranked third in Auditing research and second in AIS research in 2017 (Brigham Young University rankings), while the research productivity of the Information Systems faculty was ranked among the top twelve in the world (AIS Research rankings, 2015-2017).
Leadership at Bentley
President (effective July 1, 2018) – Alison Davis-Blake, PhD
The selection of Dr. Davis-Blake followed a comprehensive nine-month national search to succeed Gloria Cordes Larson, who stepped down in June 2018 after 11 years as President. Dr. Davis-Blake served as the former Dean of the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management prior to being appointed the eighth President of Bentley University.
Bentley offers a variety of undergraduate business majors. Students may choose a major that enables them to develop expertise in a specific area of business, including several innovative majors that cross traditional departmental lines. Students also have the option to add a liberal studies second major or they may pursue an arts and sciences degree. In all majors, programs are characterized by a balance of business and liberal arts selections — the best combination for preparing tomorrow's professionals.
Bentley offers 25 majors, spanning business and the arts and sciences; every one of them features integrated curriculum that is informed by corporate partners in leadership positions throughout the world. Students can further specialize their studies by pursuing one of 36 minors offered. Business majors can minor in the arts and sciences, an interdisciplinary area, or a business topic in a different department. Arts and sciences majors can choose from an array of business minors and interdisciplinary topics.
The business skills that students develop are enhanced by a curriculum that integrates the use of computers as tools of analysis, decision-making and management. Personal interaction between students and faculty and a low student-instructor ratio are a hallmark of the Bentley learning environment. Bentley faculty are business professionals and scholars in their fields. Bentley provides faculty with the resources necessary for quality research and teaching. Many faculty also serve as academic advisors and career mentors.
McCallum Graduate School of Business
The McCallum Graduate School of Business (“McCallum”) combines distinctive programs, resources, and experiences to maximize each student's return on investment in pursuing a business graduate program in Boston. McCallum's MBA program and nine MS programs are designed to equip students with broad-based skills in communication, leadership, critical thinking, and other crucial business functions, while also allowing them to develop specialized expertise in a field of interest. Several specialized master's programs are growing and thriving during a challenging time for graduate program recruiting.
Industry leaders play a key role in developing masters programs that deliver the specific skills required for success in a given field. McCallum's professors are active scholars and researchers, whose own work in business enriches courses and class discussions.
Studies are enhanced through close collaboration with classmates who come from across the world and represent a cross-section of fields and industries. This exposure to diverse perspectives provides students with fresh insights into business issues — all while studying with individuals who are equally talented and motivated.
Students also benefit from seven innovation centers, where experience using the latest software and hardware help them to hit the ground running in the professional environment. This array of high-tech resources, unique among business graduate programs in Boston, ensures that students are able to forge immediate connections between curriculum and real-world business needs and demands.
Bentley encourages its faculty and students to engage in cross-disciplinary research and teaching. As an example, the university offers analytics degrees at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels. Students entering for a master's degree can choose from an MS in Business Analytics, Marketing Analytics, or Audit Analytics, with a new degree in Digital Innovation introduced for 2019. Courses from all analytics programs integrate coursework from multiple business and arts and science departments.
Founded in 1917
Number of alumni (undergraduate, graduate, PhD):56,500
Became university in 2008
25 majors and 36 minors are offered in business and the arts and sciences
Student enrollment: 4,300
Average class size: 26
Approximately 81% of full-time undergraduates live on campus
International students represent 13% of the undergraduate student population
ALANA students represent 14% of the undergraduate student population
90% of Bentley students undertake one internship and 60% more than one as undergraduates
More than 97% of students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation
Full-time, Part-time, and Accelerated online MBA program and nine MS programs are offered
Information Technology (Digital Innovation as of 2019)
Student enrollment: 1,400
Average class size: 21
PhD candidates: 43
International students represent 24% of the graduate students, including PhD candidates
More than 275-full and 180 adjunct faculty members, who teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. Adjunct faculty formed a union in 2016.
82% of faculty hold doctoral degrees.
Professors are accessible, committed to excellent teaching and advising, as well as to pursuing research and scholarship in their field. Many have significant experience in the business world.
Faculty-student ratio is 1:14
Bachelor of Science degrees in 12 business fields; Bachelor of Arts degrees in 10 arts and sciences disciplines:
Bachelor of Science Degrees
Information Design and Corporate Communication
Computer Information Systems
Information Systems Audit and Control
Corporate Finance and Accounting
Economics – Finance
Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Sciences Degrees
Media and Culture
As a business university, Bentley distinctively "fuses" business and the arts and sciences. Students are encouraged to select a second, liberal studies major to complement their BS degree.
A large number of students engage in service learning, as well as participate in internships for credit.
All business students are exposed to integrated business processes through coursework and hands on activity with SAP and other common business software (e.g., IDEA, Alteryx, R, Python). All students take courses using the specialty labs.
All undergraduate students must complete a diversity, international, and communications intensive course to graduate
A new BS/MS joint degree program allows undergraduates in three Finance-related majors to complete both a BS and MS Finance in four years.
The graduate school emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice and offers PhD programs in Business and Accountancy, an MBA with 7 areas of concentration, an integrated MS+MBA, nine Master of Science degrees, and custom executive education programs.
Bentley's hometown, Waltham, is just minutes away from Boston, and one of its most sought-after neighborhoods, consistently being ranked on Time.com's Money Best Places to Live list.
Waltham is one of the oldest cities in America and is located on the Charles River, just 10-miles from central Boston. The Charles River Basin offers paths for running and walking, rollerblading, and biking. The Charles River is a wonderful location to enjoy activities like canoeing, ice stating, or in-line skating, depending on the time of the year.
Waltham is home to several big employers including defense contractor Raytheon, pharmaceutical manufacturer AstraZeneca, and Dutch printing company Cimpress (formerly Vistaprint). A few miles away in Boston, other large corporations can be found like Fidelity Investments, General Electric, State Street Corporation, Trip Advisor, Sanofi Genzyme, Gillette, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and Boston Scientific. Waltham is a commuter-friendly city with easy access to Route 128, the Massachusetts Turnpike, and Route 2, as well as a commuter rail station.
In 2017, Deutsche Bank ranked Boston as having the highest quality of life in the United States, with residents enjoying the second best purchasing power, and Money Magazine ranked Boston the best place to live in the Northeast in 2016. Boston has also been recognized as the No. 1 start-up hub in the country by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation; No. 1 biopharma cluster in the nation by Genetic Engineering and Biotechnical News, and the No. 4 market for STEM Professionals.
The city, rich in history, also offers plenty more to do and see including world class restaurants, renowned learning institutions, museums, art galleries, music, theater, parks, walking and bike paths, outdoor farmers markets, and much more.
Reporting to the Vice President for University Advancement, the Executive Director provides visionary and strategic leadership while overseeing the development and delivery of programs and resources. The Executive Director drives the enhancement of the highly successful and nationally ranked undergraduate and graduate programs which engages students beginning in the first year. This position is Career Services' chief ambassador and collaborates with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment services, alumni relations, corporate relations, faculty, alumni, trustees, parents, and employers in order to foster effective relationships and partnerships. The Executive Director maintains a student-centered, forward-thinking operation, oversees assessment functions and the articulation of outcomes to internal and external stakeholders, serves as a spokesperson with the media on career-related issues of students.
Leading a talented team of 24 full-time career professionals in a collaborative and action-oriented style will be a priority for the continued delivery of high quality career services in support of the university's mission. Additional responsibilities include: providing leadership for the expansion of employer outreach programs, developing creative ways to engage an active and dedicated alumni body, overseeing relevant assessment measures to ensure continuous improvement, and leading change to remain responsive to student career development needs and evolving market trends. This position calls for a charismatic, energetic, and communicative leader who thrives on connection, collaboration, and authentic engagement with others.
The successful candidate will bring a contemporary, global view of career development to the role, and will promote Bentley University as a preferred source of outstanding candidates for employers across all fields of endeavor, by strengthening existing employer relationships and developing new connections both from within the Bentley networks and beyond, for internships and post-graduate employment.
Ten or more years of progressive leadership and supervision in career services positions or in a related management field in industry. Demonstrated expertise in current career development models, career assessments, career counseling or knowledge of counseling theory, employment trends, legal issues in employment, and employer cultivation is desirable. Demonstrated ability to think strategically, act collaboratively, and lead organizational change, coupled with a track record of experience developing and supervising professional staff are essential for success.
Other Executive Director attributes include a demonstrated commitment to best practices in career services as well as the competencies and ethical guidelines developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Desired experience includes managing resources, including budgets and technology; knowledge of effective assessment strategies to inform programs and practice; excellent communication, marketing, and public relations skills; demonstrated competency in working with the needs of diverse student populations; and evidence of innovative activities leading to organizational growth, and experience with program development and delivery models serving the needs of all students.
The Executive Director will oversee and strategically support Career Services staff who will advise, counsel and mentor students; create and implement effective and relevant programs to facilitate and enhance student development on and off campus to expand the Bentley University brand regionally, nationally, and internationally
Consults with academic deans and faculty colleagues to ensure that programs and services address student needs and incorporates faculty involvement in identifying opportunities to bridge the skills development that takes place in the classroom and lab environments
Build advocates across campus and Bentley community in support of innovative career programs to platform as forward-thinking, integrative undergraduate and graduate programs
Leads effort to identify and expand connections with employers and external constituents to create and sustain excellent internship and employment opportunities for students
Utilize predictive analytics to gain more certainty about employer hiring trends, shifts in demand and professional skills needed to succeed in the current environment
Lead and mentor a growing team of career professionals as one progressive and cohesive team within the organization
Partner effectively with the Development team to enhance external cultivation and stewardship opportunities
Articulates the vision and services provided by the Office of Career Services to those outside of Bentley University
Travel requirement ~25%: Local & regional employer trips
Year One Critical Success Factors
The following objectives are the most critical to address and accomplish in year one to ensure success:
Gain credibility with the Career Services team, direct reports, peers and key colleagues across the university through enthusiastic and dynamic relationship building
Continue to build a clear value proposition for the Bentley University Career Services model
Create a strategic plan for employer outreach
Demonstrate growth in new employer markets
Establish and strategically leverage key campus partnerships
Foster stakeholder relationships to identify the needs and expectations of the alumni, faculty, staff and students
Support and advance the foundation of Career Services by creating a vision for growth around the model of career development
Clearly articulate the metrics for student and employer satisfaction
Engage alumni who can be strategic partners
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required. A Master's degree is preferred.
A competitive compensation package will be offered to the finalist candidate.
Many of Bentley's MS degrees have achieved national recognition by ranking bodies. For example, and most recently, Bentley's MSF program is #40 in the world and #4 in the United States in the Financial Times latest rankings of MSF programs. Bentley's MSF Program is also ranked by the Financial Times as #8 in the world for Fintech and #4 in the world for FX and Money Markets.