A forward-thinking MBA program for working professionals
Bonnie Buchanan, PhD, Professional MBA Program Director
The Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Albers uses an innovative approach to teaching that integrates skills and concepts into an experiential learning environment. You not only learn valuable business skills, but are challenged to incorporate them in real world situations.
Why Choose the Albers Professional MBA?
If you want to participate in a leading part-time MBA program that is unique in the Northwest, this is the one for you. Developed with input from business leaders and students, the Albers Professional MBA curriculum is streamlined, customized, integrated, connected, and flexible.
Finish faster. With 54 credits required for completion, part-time students can earn an MBA in as little as 9 quarters. Full-time students can finish in as little as 6 quarters!
Take control. The Professional MBA program is designed to allow you the opportunity to customize your MBA degree according to your interests and career goals. Two thirds of the 54 credits are elective courses - this means that you can freely select 10 of your classes and attain the depth you need in the area(s) you choose. You can even pursue one of 7 graduate certificates that Albers offers while simultaneously earning your MBA.
Span silos. Required core classes include two modules (Behavioral and Analytical), each lasting three quarters. The Professional MBA core eliminates the disparate approach to teaching where each class stands alone. Instead, each core class is organized around a common theme rather than individual disciplines. Teaching is also coordinated across disciplines so you will learn how to integrate your skills.
Enhanced networks. The Behavioral and Analytical core modules are each taught in a cohort format divided into two modules. Ideally, you will take both modules concurrently with the same cohort. This allows you to build lasting connections with your fellow students and enhance your graduate school experience.
Manage commitments. The Professional MBA program is offered on a rolling enrollment schedule. This means that you can start taking classes any quarter. Although the core modules begin twice each year (during Fall and Spring quarters), you may take elective classes in your first quarter if you choose to start the program in Winter or Summer quarters. Elective classes may be taken at your own pace, providing you with the flexibility to balance school, career, and your personal life. Classes are taught in the evenings in both Seattle and Bellevue. Each class meets one evening per week.
A Challenging Curriculum
Click here to see course descriptions for the required classes.
54 credits to completion
24 credits of required classes
30 credits of electives
Required core classes of the Professional MBA program are offered in 2 modules:
•Behavioral core (10 credits)
•Analytical core (9 credits)
Each module is offered as a cohort and takes 3 quarters to complete. They can be taken simultaneously, which is preferable, or separately. (If taken separately, you must start with the Behavioral module.
•Professional & Interpersonal Communications (1 credit)
Recommended to be taken in year 1 or 2
•Career Planning & Development (1 credit)
Recommended to be taken in year 1 or 2
•Capstone class (3 credits)
Ideally is taken during the final quarter of your program
You may choose from a wide variety of electives to satisfy your 30 elective credits. This is your chance to customize your MBA by specializing in a particular area or taking classes across disciplines for a more general graduate program. If you choose to focus on a particular area, you have the opportunity to earn up to 2 graduate certificates within the 54 credits to enhance your MBA. Currently, the graduate certificates offered at Albers are in accounting, business analytics, business valuation, finance, innovation & entrepreneurship, marketing, and sustainability.
Professional MBA Program Duration
Part-time MBA students taking 2 courses per quarter can complete the program in 9 quarters.
Full-time MBA students taking 3 classes per quarter can complete the program in 6 quarters.
Professional MBA Program Recommended Schedules
Your class schedule will depend on how many credits you take each quarter. Click here to see three recommended schedules.