Which MBA Is Right for You?

The Early Career MBA, the Professional MBA, Online MBA, MBA in Sport & Entertainment Management, and Executive MBA offered at Albers are all rigorous programs designed to prepare their graduates for successful careers. However, they are very different programs developed for four distinct audiences.

Early Career MBA: A 12-month, full-time MBA for non-business majors with limited work experience. This program not only provides you the strong academic foundation of an Albers MBA, but also the hands-on experience you’ll need to succeed in the next stage of your career. 

Professional MBA: A part-time, flexible, evening program for the working professional looking to enhance your career. Using an innovative teaching approach 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.

Online MBA: A part-time, flexible, online program. Learn to identify, understand, and solve emerging business challenges while becoming more than a problem solver in the traditional sense. 

MBA in Sport & Entertainment Management: Albers' MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management boosts employability, offers an authentic experiential immersion curriculum, and is the first program of its kind to build on diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core philosophy.

Executive Leadership MBA: A unique program for senior-level professionals that combines a challenging experiential leadership program with a rigorous MBA curriculum focused on strategic decision making that promotes a more just and humane world. 

The table below will help you determine which MBA program best meets your needs.

  Early Career MBA Professional MBA Online MBA MBA in Sport & Entertainment Management Executive MBA
Program Duration 12 months 18-36 months 30 months 24 months  20 months
Program Format Cohort (lockstep) Cohort (core)/Flexible (electives) Flexible Cohort / Flexible (electives) Cohort (lockstep)
Class waivers No Yes Yes No  No
Electives No Yes, 30 credits No Yes, 5 credits  No
Class Schedule Full-time, day classes  Part-time, evening classes; full-time students also accepted Online, flexible schedule; weekly modules Part-time, evening classes  Part-time; classes meet once a month in compact, 2-3-day modules
Co-curricular Activities* Required Optional One required on-campus retreat Required/Optional  Optional
Work Experience Required No Yes, minimum of 2 years Yes, minimum of 2 years No  Yes, 12-15 years (minimum of 7 in a managerial role)
Years of Work Experience 0-2 2-27 10 new program  12+
Average Age 24 30 35 new program  40
Required Credits 48 54 54 55-56  60
Tuition** $11,364 per quarter $947 per credit $947 per credit $47,315 (entire program)  $18,200 per quarter (6 quarters)
Career Focus Career start Career advancement or transition Career advancement or transition Career advancement or transition  Career advancement or transition

*Examples: Mentor Program, Consulting Project, Business Plan Competition
**Academic year 2022-23; fees not included