May 23, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration, Professional MBA

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Designed for working professionals with 2-10 years of experience living in the greater Boston region, the Professional MBA equips students with cutting-edge tools, skills, and knowledge, and engages with critical contemporary trends and issues affecting business and the global economy.

The program takes just 16 months, meeting every other Saturday, and uses a blended format that integrates the richness of in-class group discussion and teamwork with interactive online components. The program is offered in new, accessible facilities just off the I-93 and very close to public transportation.

Please note that the Professional MBA offers fall admission only. The tuition and fees for the Professional MBA is $2,610 per course.

Required Courses

Applicants to the Professional MBA are expected to have obtained an undergraduate degree in business. This, together with appropriate work experience, will usually qualify applicants to waive 15 credits of core business courses from the 48-credit MBA curriculum, and complete the program in 33 credits (11 courses) over 16 months. Students without necessary prerequisites will be required to take additional courses.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Online application form with application fee.
  • International graduate applicants must also submit additional documentation. Click here for more details.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, both undergraduate and graduate. Applicants must have the equivalent of a United States bachelor’s degree to be eligible to apply. All transcripts are required, regardless of whether credits were transferred.
    • All non-US transcripts must be evaluated by Center for Educational Documentation - CED - located at We require a course-by-course evaluation report. Applicants must submit the evaluation package as well as a separate copy of their official transcript.
  • Current professional resume, highlighting professional and academic contributions/qualifications.
  • Exam Scores Required:
    • Official GMAT or GRE scores. (Required for Global MBA. Check eligibility to waive for all other programs).
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores. Our minimum TOEFL score is 90 and our minimum IELTS score is 6.5. (Required for all applicants that submit Non-United States academic transcripts - unless stated as exempt on our international graduate applicants page- LEARN MORE HERE).
  • (2) letters of recommendation from professional or academic references
    • Applicants must provide the name and email address for (2) references as part of the online application. Those references will receive an email notification directing them to a secure site to submit their recommendation. If references prefer to type a traditional letter, it should be sent as a PDF attachment referencing the applicant’s name, student ID number and program of interest, to
  • Essay (please note that there is also a standard essay prompt in the online application. You do not have to respond to that prompt - only the one below.)
    • Part 1 (300 words): Why are you interested in attending graduate school at UMass Boston?
    • Part 2 (1,200 words): State a current issue, problem or topic from your intended field of study (This can be specific to your country, state or local community) and discuss your strategic plan as to how you would address issue and how attending graduate school at UMass Boston will aid you in your pursuits.

Application Deadlines
June 1st: All applicants to be considered for the Fall semester

November 1st: All applicants to be considered for the Spring semester

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