Professional MBA Program
Get Ahead with UC Riverside’s Professional MBA
Study at your own pace and accelerate your career with a nationally ranked MBA from one of the most diverse and fastest growing University of California campuses. University of California, Riverside’s (UCR’s) Professional MBA program at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) is for mid and early career professionals who want to build their professional skillsets in their current field or develop new skills and change careers.
Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a premier accreditation for business programs, students in UCR’s Professional MBA program experience the same exceptional faculty, curriculum, and course offerings as our flagship MBA program. In addition to foundational business courses, you will choose one of seven concentrations to specialize in providing you with the opportunity to customize your MBA degree according to your individual career aspirations.
As a STEM MBA program graduate, you will be in high demand. According to a 2022 report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, STEM MBA grads have a 97% job placement rate within six months of graduation, higher than the 93% job placement rate for traditional MBA grads. UCR’s MBA degree also provides you with a set of technical and soft skills that will set you apart in the marketplace.
A Flexible MBA That Can Work for You
Many prospective MBA students are working professionals or early career professionals who need scheduling flexibility while in graduate school. If that describes you, below are a few distinctive benefits that UCR’s Professional MBA program can offer you:
- Open admissions for fall, winter, and spring. No need to wait another year to start your MBA program. You apply and start classes at a time that’s most convenient for you.
- Need to take a lighter course load one quarter? No problem! As a pay-by-the-unit program, you can manage your course load to suit your individual needs.
- Classes are offered during the evenings and weekends in addition to during the day, and as a PMBA student, you will receive priority registration to ensure you always get the class you need when you need it.
- Effective Fall 2024: PMBA candidates with three or more years of relevant work experience may qualify for an accelerated track (PMBA Track II), which will allow candidates to earn a UCR MBA degree with 64 quarter units (compared to our standard 80 units). Schedule a consultation with an admissions advisor to find out if you qualify.
Seven MBA Concentrations Mean Enhanced Opportunities
Interested in accounting? Our Master of Business Administration has a concentration for that. Marketing more your speed? We’ve got you covered there, too. By earning your MBA degree from UCR, you have your choice of seven MBA specialization areas to align your MBA degree with your career goals. Choose from:
No matter which MBA specialization you choose to concentrate in, you will learn from our passionate and committed faculty — coveted by the best MBA schools in the nation.
Top companies who recently hired UCR Professional MBA program graduates include:
- Goldman Sachs
- HUB Group
- Kaiser Permanente
- Northrop Grumman
- Panda Restaurant Group
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Job titles UCR Professional MBA graduates have recently obtained include:
- Business development manager
- Business manager
- Financial analyst
- Human resources manager
- Investment banker
- Management consultant
- Marketing manager
- Operations analyst
- Product manager
- Project manager
- Sales manager
- Strategy analyst
- Supply chain manager
Benefits of UCR’s Professional MBA
STEM-Designated Professional MBA
As a STEM MBA program, international students may apply for 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to work in the United States in their field of study after graduation.
Overall, graduates of STEM-designated master’s programs make more money on average than non-STEM-designated graduate programs.
Elevate a Fulfilling Career
Wanting to enhance or elevate your current career, or ready to make a career change?
UCR’s Career Development Center team will work with you to achieve your career goals as you prepare for your life’s next chapter by earning your MBA degree.
Flexible Scheduling and Course Offerings
UCR’s Professional MBA offers early-career and working professionals the flexibility of weekday, evening, or weekend classes, giving you the ability to complete the program around your professional and personal scheduling needs and at your own pace. Complete the program on a full-time basis in as few as 21 months or over the course of three years on a part-time basis. Your pace is completely up to you!
Where Business Leaders Are Mentors
Grow your professional network while obtaining the best MBA for both early-career and working professionals.
UCR’s MBA and Professional MBA programs give you access to successful business leaders who will mentor you through our Executive Fellows and Business Mentors programs.
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