Professional or Executive MBA?

August 26, 2014 |

As you earn your undergraduate degree or advance your career in business, you may decide to pursue an MBA. Looking at your options, you will need to choose between a professional or executive MBA. Each has its own benefits, so you’ll have to learn more about each and decide which one is best for you. The primary difference between the two is the class schedule and how each class is delivered. These two options are designed to be convenient for students. Here are the differences between the two programs offered at the Daniels College of Business.

A Professional MBA

The Professional MBA at Daniels is a part-time program you can complete in 24 months. Because it is part time, you can advance your career while still in school. Other MBA programs require that you stop working or significantly reduce your work hours. We understand that many students don’t have the option to reduce hours or quit their full-time jobs to further their education–which is why the  program offers flexible schedules. If you decide to enroll, you will have the option of taking your classes during the evenings and on weekends. This program contains a total of 70 credit hours.

The first 62 credits are required classes, including business fundamentals, organizational strategy and values-based leadership. The last 8 credits are electives so you can choose courses that will help you expand your own interests. To learn more about the Professional MBA program at the Daniels College of Business, visit

An Executive MBA

The Executive MBA program at Daniels consists of 24 five-week courses. This program takes 18 months to complete. Because the Executive MBA take less time than the Professional MBA, it is an appealing option for many students. There is a preset schedule you are required to follow. The sequential courses build upon each other as you will use the knowledge from one class to expand your knowledge in the next.

You will start with a two-and-a-half-day orientation, then will meet on alternating Fridays and Saturdays–once a week. On these days you will attend classes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Though you will need to set aside the entire day for classes, this allows you to reduce time spent traveling to and from classes, and condenses class time each week.

An executive MBA does not require electives, but you do have the option to add 16 credits at the end of the program if you would like to add electives. If you are interested in learning more about this program, visit

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