The Business School Experience

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Innovating Today, Leading Tomorrow

What’s it like to attend our forward-thinking business school designed for STEM students like you?

At The Business School at WPI, you can expect a holistic student experience that bridges STEM and business, helping you future-proof your career in an increasingly competitive field.

As a business student here, you will…

  • Build your dream career by designing a custom curriculum and developing practical, in-demand skills. 
  • Gain robust professional experience managing people and projects through internships, co-ops, and corporate partnerships.
  • Grow invaluable, lifelong business connections with enterprising peers and industry-leading mentors.
  • Receive hands-on career support and academic advising from our caring faculty and administrators.
  • Combine your business acumen and STEM expertise to be a force for good in the world.

In other words, being a student at The Business School will give you an undeniable edge as you enter the job market or move up the ladder.

Alumni Success Stories

At WPI, you don’t follow someone else’s footsteps—you forge your own path. These accomplished alumni of The Business School exemplify what happens when you work hard, stay curious, trust your gut, and tackle challenges head-on.

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Zulean Cruz-Diaz ’17


Management coach and consultant; founder and CEO at Z Conecta

Lailah Thompson and her family on a beach
Lailah Thompson ’16, ’16 (MS)


Operations department leader at Coty

Suraj Patil standing on the Earle Bridge at WPI
Suraj Patil ’19 (MS)


Senior engineering program manager at Dell Technologies

Ron Welter ’87, ’02 (MS), ’14 (MBA)


Director of customer success at Zifo RnD Solutions; Executive PhD candidate at The Business School

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David Brown '12


Strategic account manager at Nordson Medical

Meet Our World-Class Faculty

Have a front-row seat with our esteemed faculty, who are widely respected leaders in both academia and industry.  

Faculty Spotlight

Kwamie Dunbar
Kwamie Dunbar
Associate Professor of Finance, The Business School

Dr. Dunbar is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Finance at WPI. In addition to his extensive experience in teaching and research, he has a wealth of industry experience working with several fortune 500 companies in various capacities.

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Soussan Djamasbi
Soussan Djamasbi

I specialize in user experience and decision-making research, focusing on uncovering the intricacies of human cognition to understand the factors that enhance or impede the effective use of information technologies.

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Purvi Shah
Purvi Shah
Associate Professor, The Business School

Professor Shah has 'done' marketing and now she 'teaches' marketing at the WPI Business School. She has a diverse industry experience in the marketing/brand management function of mid-size to large corporations across consumer goods, retail, and real estate verticals. In academics, she aspires to play her role as a researcher (knowledge creation) and teacher (knowledge dissemination). Her research questions, in the context of discovery, attempt to explain and understand interesting and challenging marketing phenomena that have not received much research attention.

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Steve Taylor
Steve Taylor

My research is focused in two areas: Organizational aesthetics takes seriously the idea that management is as much an art as it is a science, and applies art-based scholarship and practice to management and organizations. Reflective practice is the ability to analyze our own actions and learn from that how to be more effective, ethical, and artful as managers and leaders. At the heart of my work as a researcher and teacher, is my own practice as a playwright. My plays have been performed in England, France, Poland, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, and the USA.

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MentorLink Program

Grow a Network of Alumni and Experts in Your Field

Reap the benefits of this exclusive mentorship program. Attend group discussions and panels led by industry experts. Receive real-world advice and insights during 1:1 sessions with a mentor who aligns with your studies or career interests. Meet alumni and professionals in your field through networking events sponsored by The Business School.

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Student Resources

Feel Supported Inside and Outside the Classroom

Whether you’re moving to Worcester from another corner of the world or becoming a student again after a decade in the workforce, you’ll get one-on-one help with the kinds of problems you can’t solve on a calculator.

Programs Team: Academic Advising

Optimize Your Academic Development With Expert Guidance 

Unlike at other business schools, here you’ll receive academic advising in a proactive, one-on-one capacity from The Business School’s Programs team. What does that look like? Not only will you be guided on the big picture—like creating a curricular plan that supports your career goals and tracking your progress toward graduation—but you’ll also get help with the day-to-day, like breaking large projects into smaller steps and moving past mental roadblocks.

Student Success for Grad Students

Navigate School, Work, and Life With More Confidence

Every graduate student at WPI has access to a unique benefit: the Student Success team. As your first point of contact on campus, your Student Success manager is here to help with any nonacademic issue you might have: balancing school and life as a working professional, navigating the world of online learning, connecting to wellness resources, and much more.

Meet your Student Success team 

International Student Life

Make Your Transition Here Easier

Need help finding housing before you arrive? Missing your friends and family back home? Whether it’s about employment, housing, or adjusting to a new environment, you’ll find the practical answers and cultural support you need in the Office of International Student Life (ISL). 

See international student resources

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Career Readiness

Map Out Your Career—or Explore an Uncharted Path

Ready to build the career of the future? When you’re a student at The Business School at WPI, not only will you develop a well-rounded skillset that top companies are demanding—but you’ll also get the expert career support you need to turn opportunity into reality.

Take a look at some of the ways we help you prepare for your next move.

Heebner Career Development Center (HCDC)

The HCDC helps students explore possible career paths, connect with employers and alumni, gain insights into the labor market, prepare for interviews and salary negotiations, and much more. Think of the HCDC as your collaborator, consultant, and coach all in one.

Check out career resources

Handshake Career Platform

WPI students have access to Handshake, a career platform for college students. There, you can apply to internships, co-ops, and jobs that match your career goals and interests. You can also register for upcoming career fairs, workshops, networking events, and more.

Explore Handshake

Interstride Portal

International students who crave admissions and career support tailored to their specific needs have access to Interstride, a portal for job searching, networking, and career building. Interstride helps alleviate the many practical and social hurdles international students experience when transitioning to the US.

Find out more about Interstride

Coursera for Campus

Through The Business School at WPI, you can access a curated course catalog on Coursera to supplement your studies or level-up your skills. You can enroll in any course of your choice, work on projects with real-world applications, and earn a shareable certificate that you can add to your LinkedIn profile or resume.

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Develop Your Startup Idea

Do you have an idea for a business that could benefit people, society, or the environment?

If your product or innovation has gone through testing, apply to join the Business Development Lab at WPI. A place for student entrepreneurs to gain real-world experience while working on their passions, its structured setting and enviable resources will empower you to lift your startup off the ground. 

Haven't tested your idea yet? You can hone your product or innovation by leveraging The Business School’s on-campus partners, including the Innovation Studio, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDigi), the Office of Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and other schools and labs across WPI. You can also focus your major qualifying project (MQP) on the innovation you’re developing.


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Deep-Dive Into Innovative Research Projects

The Business School faculty promote hands-on learning by bringing their research into the classroom. You’ll see firsthand how our research labs create value through innovation, leaving a lasting impact on the world around us. You may even get the exciting opportunity to assist a faculty member at the top of their field with a groundbreaking study—one that inspires a future innovation of your own. 

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Be Inspired by Brilliant, Likeminded Peers

When you study and collaborate with fellow STEM-oriented students at The Business School, you’ll be challenged by your equals, make lifelong friends—and maybe even meet your future business partner.

Business Clubs and Societies

Connect With Other Students Who Share Your Passions

As a business school student at WPI, you'll find plenty of on-campus activities that align with your interests through organizations such as: 

  • Alpha Pi Mu
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • CollabLab
  • Enactus WPI
  • Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
  • Investing Association
  • And more!

Worcester, Massachusetts

Join 38,000+ Students in Worcester, Where Business Is Booming

The second-largest city in New England, Worcester is not only a college town—it’s also a growing hub for industries like bioengineering, drug manufacturing, healthcare, and technology. Take advantage of networking and internship opportunities, the resources of other colleges and universities, and the expanding international community. Easily travel to nearby Boston, Providence, and New York City.