Which MBA Is Right for You?

The Bridge MBA, the Professional MBA, and the 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 three distinct audiences.

Bridge MBA: A 12-month, full-time MBA for nonbusiness 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. 

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 program best meets your needs.

 Bridge MBAProfessional MBAExecutive MBA
Program Duration 12 months 18-36 months 20 months
Program Format Cohort (lockstep) Cohort (core)/Flexible (electives) Cohort (lockstep)
Class waivers No Yes No
Electives No Yes, 30 credits No
Class Schedule Full-time, day classes  Part-time, evening classes; full-time students also accepted Part-time; classes meet once a month in compact, 2-3-day modules
Co-curricular Activities* Required Optional Optional
Work Experience Required No Yes, minimum of 2 years Yes, 12-15 years (minimum of 7 in a managerial role)
Years of Work Experience 0-2 2-27 12+
Average Age 24 30 40
Required Credits 48 54 60
Tuition*** $10,380 per quarter $865 per credit $16,500 per quarter (6 quarters)
Career Focus Career start Career advancement or transition Career advancement or transition

*Examples: Mentor Program, Consulting Project, Business Plan Competition
***Fees not included