Professional Master of Business Administration
The Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA) for working professionals offers those with pre-established business experience an opportunity to pursue a high quality, interactive, online MBA degree with the ability to do coursework at your own pace and integrate examples from your own professional experience within each class. A PMBA degree from Kansas State University provides the added management skills and business knowledge needed to excel in today's global business environment and is taught by the same qualified professors who teach graduate courses on campus in Manhattan, Kansas. The program is designed to give you the competitive edge you need to advance your career, including personalized attention, a professional development plan catered to your career needs and a required faculty-led travel experience in addition to the academic curriculum. Further information is found on the College of Business PMBA website. Please contact the College of Business - Graduate Studies office if you have detailed questions concerning the Online Professional MBA.
- Degree: Master of Business Administration
- College: Business Administration
- Credits: 30-39 (dependent on previous coursework)
- Course delivery: Online; 10 percent face to face
- Tuition per credit hour: $833
Careers in Business Administration
Many career opportunities are available to graduates of the Professional Master of Business Administration, including opportunities in corporate, financial and business sectors along with careers in:
- program/project managers
- market research/analysts
- sales/marketing managers
- business consultants
Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Professional Master of Business Administration is offered through the K-State College of Business Administration. The college is also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).
To complete the program, students must complete a total of 39 credits or as few as 30 depending on the individual's previous undergraduate coursework. The PMBA curriculum also includes:
- Two-day regional student orientation, including team building, networking, and professional development components. New students will be required to attend, but all returning students are encouraged to take advantage of this networking opportunity.
- Faculty-led international trip
- Professional Development and Learning seminar
Admission Requirements for the Professional Master of Business Administration Program
To qualify for admission into the PMBA program, students must have:
- Minimum 3.0 GPA in undergraduate degree
- Minimum score of 500 in the GMAT
- TOEFL/IELTS/Pearson Test of English, less than two years old (non-native English speakers only)
- Applicants who are submitting iBT TOEFL (internet based) scores must have a minimum total score of 79 with no part score below 20 on the reading, listening and writing sections.
- Applicants who are submitting paper-based TOEFL (PBT) test scores must have a minimum total score of 550 with no part score below 55 on reading or listening sections and a TWE (Test of Written English) score of 5.0 or higher.
- Applicants who are submitting an IELTS score must have a minimum total score of 6.5 with part scores of 6.5 or higher on the reading, listening and writing sections.
- Applicants who are submitting a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score must have a minimum total score of 58 with part scores of 58 or higher.
- 6 credit hours of undergraduate economics courses
- 6 hours of undergraduate statistics OR 3 hours of graduate statistics courses
- Calculus undergraduate course or predetermined score in the qualitative portion of the GMAT
- Three to five years of professional business experience
You must be admitted for the fall semester by Aug. 1, spring semester by Jan. 1 and summer semester by May 1. This means that all transcripts, application fees, and any other requirements must be completed and received by these dates. Please note: It takes at least four to six weeks for an application to be processed once all application materials have been received by the university.
How to Apply
View admission details, transcript information and apply for the program through the K-State Graduate School application process.
Tuition and Fees
Online and Off-Campus Courses Online and off-campus courses through Kansas State University Global Campus are assessed at a fixed tuition rate regardless of residency status. There are no non-resident fees for online and off-campus courses offered through K-State Global Campus. Tuition rates vary by course level, undergraduate or graduate. Additional fees may be assessed by colleges and departments. Some graduate programs have different tuition and fee structures than what has outlined in the tuition and fee schedule above, including:
- Great Plains IDEA — Students enrolled in classes through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance pay the “Common Price.”
- AG*IDEA — Students enrolled in classes through the Agricultural Interactive Distance Education Alliance pay the “Common Price.”
- Annual Programs — The Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program cost, Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA) program cost, Doctoral Degree in Personal Financial Planning program cost and Master of Psychology with Emphasis in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MIOP) program cost have specific tuition rates by cohort group.
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