Part-time Professional MBA

Accelerate your career with an MBA that merges leadership training, quantitative skill development and strategic thinking, all on a schedule designed for working professionals.

Develop your skills with a tightknit cohort of peers

Grow your knowledge through experiential learning

Build a large and robust business network


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Program Snapshot

Academic Term

10-week quarters


Entry Points

Spring quarter (March)
Fall quarter (September)

Program Length

21 months


Class schedule

 Core courses are Monday and Wednesday nights, plus 3-4 Saturday sessions. (Electives may be taken other nights.)


Concentration options

Business Analytics
Real Estate and the Built Environment
Executive Leadership
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Part-Time Professional MBA Program Tuition

Base tuition (2024–2025): $82,980   |   Typical scholarship range (% of tuition): 10–40%*

* Scholarships are based on academic record, testing and employment credentials, and are not guaranteed. Contact or 303-871-3416 for more information.

Program Highlights

  • Learning in a cohort: You’ll build relationships with a tightknit group of your peers, coming from diverse backgrounds and industries. As you take classes, solve problems and take on challenges together, this cohort naturally grows into a business network you’ll rely on throughout your career.
  • Learning by doing: During your program you’ll participate in a mountain leadership retreat and travel abroad to work with international organizations. Your experiential learning will culminate with your final capstone project, where you’ll serve as a consultant to a real organization with a genuine business problem.
  • Recognition: The PMBA is a top-ranked program by US News & World Report and Fortune.
  • GMAT/GRE optional: If you determine that your application will be stronger with GMAT or GRE scores, you have the option to submit them when you apply.
  • Some courses are offered online, outside of the cohort.
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94% of graduates had a salary increase within four months of graduation*

The average salary increase was 52%*

* Class of 2022 employed graduates reporting income information

Alumnus Profile

Seth Spiva, PMBA 2021

Seth Spiva, PMBA 2021

Senior Financial Analyst, Arrow Electronics

“My experience in the PMBA program exceeded all expectations. The program balanced both quantitative and qualitative skill development with an emphasis on ethics throughout that was unmatched. The impact of the program also extended beyond just the classroom—I formed relationships with both professors and cohort members that will undoubtedly last for many years to come.”

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How to Apply to the Part-time Professional MBA

We welcome applicants from all professional backgrounds and academic disciplines. Qualified PMBA candidates must have at least 2 years of work experience. To apply, you must submit:

  • Official college transcript(s)
  • Professional resume
  • Essays
  • $100 application fee

GMAT or GRE scores are optional. If you determine that your application will be stronger with GMAT or GRE scores, please submit them when you apply.

All accepted students are automatically considered for scholarships. No additional application is needed.

Visit our graduate admissions page for more information about application requirements.

FAQs for the Professional MBA

What is a Professional MBA?

The Part-time Professional MBA program is designed for mid-level career professionals who work full-time and would like to pursue a Master of Business Administration part-time in the evenings. This business generalist master’s degree covers a range of foundational topics, such as leading with integrity, managerial finance, business analytics, finance, accounting, business law and more. This program balances high-level quantitative and qualitative business skill development for organizational decision-making and impact, with an emphasis on ethics.

What is the Professional MBA class schedule?

To accommodate full-time, working professionals’ schedules, the program is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 – 10 p.m., with some Saturday classes in quarters 5 and 6 of the program.

How much work experience do I need?

On average, Professional MBA students have 5 years of work experience, though it can vary from student to student. At least 2 years of experience is required, and 3 years is preferred.

Is the Professional MBA or the Executive MBA a better fit for me?

The Professional MBA is designed to serve early- to mid-level-career professionals who want to advance to managerial or senior level positions within their current companies or elsewhere. Professional MBA candidates average 5 years of work experience.

In the Executive MBA program, students who are advanced in their careers can learn with and from other senior-level professionals in order to benefit their companies and/or advance to C-level positions as a next step in their careers. EMBA candidates have 10+ years of work experience on average.

Both programs provide an MBA degree, and both are structured for working professionals. See our MBA comparison page for more details about the differences between our MBAs.

Is there flexibility in the program to accommodate the times I have to travel for work and can't attend in person?

This depends on how much the travel will affect your ability to contribute to the cohort and the classroom. If it’s occasional travel that doesn’t significantly interfere with your coursework, you can watch a recording of class. If you’ll be traveling most of the time and miss a lot of class time, we recommend you consider the online MBA program.

I’m torn between the Professional MBA program and a specialized master’s program—which is a better fit for me?

If you’d like a foundation in a broad range of business functions and perspectives (such as business strategy, accounting, finance, analytics, marketing and more) in order to have a strong understanding of overall business concepts and you can commit to a longer program, then consider applying to one of our MBA programs.

Typically, if you want to advance through in-depth knowledge of a particular topic, by specializing in your current job function or pivoting to another job with a particular specialization, then consider a specialized master’s program.

Have other questions? Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at or 303-871-3416.

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