A. Gary Anderson
Graduate School of Management

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Professional MBA Curriculum

Professional MBA Curriculum

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University of California, Riverside’s (UCR’s) Professional MBA (PMBA) program provides a comprehensive framework for the strategic management of business organizations. Our PMBA curriculum includes MBA core courses in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, organizational behavior, and quantitative analysis, as well as specialized electives, an MBA capstone course, and a fieldwork in management internship or work project.

As a PMBA student at UCR, once you complete your core MBA courses, you will choose an MBA concentration from seven options, which will determine your elective courses. You will have the flexibility to choose electives from a variety of functional areas to add an MBA specialization to your professional interests, personal passions, and desired career path.


Professional MBA Program Requirements

PMBA Track II, 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). PMBA Track II candidates will receive confirmation of their Track II status at the time of admission. All core MBA courses in addition to the capstone course and the fieldwork in management course will still be required for graduation. Candidates will then need to complete 20 units of elective courses. Schedule a consultation with our admissions advisor to find out if you qualify.


Gain a Competitive Edge

An MBA from UCR will equip you with the variety of skills businesses today are looking for. Boost your competitiveness as a job candidate and prepare for a successful business management career. 

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Key Skills You Will Obtain

In addition to area specific knowledge and competencies you will obtain from choosing an MBA concentration, you will gain a mix of technical skills and people skills (also called soft skills). UCR’s PMBA program focuses on providing you with key skills employers seek, including:

> Problem-solving
> Analytical and quantitative skills
> Teamwork/collaborative skills
> Written and verbal communication skills
> Technical skills
> Leadership

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Rigorous Stem-Designated Program

Our PMBA is a STEM-designated degree program.

With a STEM-designated graduate business degree, you are demonstrating to employers that you possess the combination of technical skills and business acumen necessary to add significant value to their organization.

For international students, a STEM designation enables a graduate student to work in the United States for up to three years of Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon graduation.

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Access to Coursera to Enhance Skills and Competitiveness

To set our PMBA students apart in a competitive tech market, we offer access to Coursera at significantly discounted rates.

This allows you to earn certifications and mini-credentials from Google, IBM, Meta, and more.

You will be able to enhance your knowledge and fill in skills gaps in areas such as quantitative analysis, data analytics software, project/product management.

Connect with an AGSM Ambassador today!

Our Graduate Student Ambassadors constitute a distinguished group of business student leaders who are eager to serve as guides for prospective students. Connect with an ambassador from your program today to learn more.