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Professional MBA

Accelerate Your Career and Make an Impact

Bentley’s Professional MBA is a two-year, cohort-based program uniquely designed for busy, motivated professionals with at least five years of experience, aiming to accelerate their careers and enable them to excel as innovative business leaders in sustainable organizations driven by state-of-the-art technology innovation. This program allows students to balance their professional and personal lives while earning their MBA.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for the challenges of leading complex organizations. They will learn how to harness the power of data and technology to achieve career goals. Students will choose four of six focus areas with coursework that integrates central business subjects with the program themes of sustainability and emerging technologies.

Joining a diverse cohort of motivated individuals means learning from each other's experiences, exchanging valuable insights, and forming lasting connections crucial for your career. With 10 weekends on campus and an eight- to 10-day global experience, our in-person gatherings offer prime personalized networking and learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Program Highlights

Cohort Based

Go through the program with your cohort, which creates a collaborative, community-based learning environment 

Sustainability and Technology Focused

Focuses on two innovative themes which are woven throughout all coursework: organizational sustainability and emerging technologies

Specialized Professional Support

Develop a customized plan and attend skills workshops

Tailored Degree

Choose from six elective focus areas to specialize studies: financial analytics, global management, innovation design, sustainable organizations, data analytics and strategic leadership

Why a Professional MBA?

The Professional MBA program offers the benefits of a full-time MBA, including skill development, networking and career advancement, within a flexible schedule, boosting marketability and job potential in under two years. 

In today's business world, employers are placing high importance on hiring individuals with expertise in technology and sustainability, recognizing these areas as vital for driving transformative value within organizations. The program distinguishes itself by seamlessly integrating emerging technologies and organizational sustainability into the curriculum, ensuring you're fully prepared to excel in the constantly evolving business environment. By enrolling in the program, you'll position yourself as an innovative leader, making yourself highly desirable to top employers. This will empower you to tackle complex business challenges and lead positive change in the global marketplace, benefiting both society and the environment.

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Emerging Technologies

Emerging technologies such as blockchain, AI, machine learning, robotics, AR/VR, surveillance technologies and more will transform all businesses. Graduates of the program will learn how to use these technologies to improve their organizations and drive innovation while considering sustainable solutions that are in the best interest of their employees, consumers and the planet. 

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Organizational Sustainability

 Organizational sustainability refers to an organization’s capability to thrive long term while minimizing harm to the environment, society, and economy. It involves strategic practices balancing profit with social and environmental responsibility. Such organizations integrate ethical governance, social equity, and ecological consciousness into their operations, aiming to meet current needs without compromising future generations. 

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The Graduate Admission Team is Coming to a City Near You!

Join members of the graduate admission team at one of our Professional MBA Meet and Greets to learn more about how this innovative program can help ignite your current career or put you on a new career path.  These in-person events will allow you to speak with admission counselors about the details of the program, get your questions answered, and enjoy a complimentary drink on us!  Choose a location that is most convenient for you.

Washington DC
July 19, 2024 - 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
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Philadelphia, PA
July 22, 2024 - 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The Westin Philadelphia
99 S 17th Street
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New York City
July 26, 2024 0 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
#811 7th Avenue, 53rd Street
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Program Structure

The Professional MBA program is tailored for busy professionals, offering a flexible schedule to complete your degree in two years so you can quickly advance your career, while also building a strong community with your cohort. By joining a cohort of motivated individuals from diverse backgrounds and industries, you'll learn from each other's experiences, share valuable insights, and build lasting connections that will benefit you throughout your career. 

The program includes ten on-campus immersion weekends across the two years, asynchronous weeks to define your schedule, synchronous weeks where you connect live with professors and other students in your cohort from your home or office, and one global immersion experience. The schedule is pre-established to ensure that students have ample opportunity to organize their professional commitments with their personal obligations well in advance.

Learn More about the Curriculum Overview 

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Join a Community

The Professional MBA features a cohort-based approach and periodic in-person gatherings, fostering an environment conducive to collaborative learning and networking. With 10 weekends on campus and an eight to 10-day global experience, students will not only acquire theoretical knowledge but also practical competencies essential for success in their career. 

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Specialized Professional Support

Students will engage in self-assessments to create personalized programs and select developmental workshops focusing on essential skills such as self-management, communication, teamwork, negotiation, creativity, and conflict management, all while receiving ongoing feedback and mentoring to maximize their development.

Harvard CORe

Professional MBA students will take Harvard University’s asynchronous Certificate of Readiness (CORe) which is made up of three modules: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, Financial Accounting. Students will take these foundational courses before enrolling at Bentley, which allows them to hit the ground running and ensures that the cohort shares the same business foundation. Students choose from three dates to start (dependent on when they apply/are admitted). The dates for 2025 are: February 4 (17-week program), March 25 (17-week program) and May 20 (10-week program). The cost is included in the Professional MBA tuition. 

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Program Information and Details

Curriculum Overview and Structure

The Professional MBA is a two-year, part-time, accelerated program that will allow you to earn an MBA while continuing to grow your career. 

To learn more about the curriculum and structure of the program, please visit the curriculum page.

Learn More about the Curriculum Overview and Structure 

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

The Professional MBA application will open August 15, 2024.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum five years of work experience

Application Requirements 

  • Résumé/CV or LinkedIn Profile
  • All academic transcripts
  • One written essay (optional second essay)
  • One professional recommendation from a current or former manager (option to submit a second recommendation)
  • Interview upon request
  • GMAT or GRE scores (optional)
  • Application fee ($133

Deadlines

  • First priority deadline to apply: December 10, 2024
Tuition and Fees
  • The program is designed to be completed in less than two years over four semesters and a summer session. The total cost of the two-year program is $105,000, which will be split evenly across five semesters.
  • Students are responsible for the cost of travel and lodging associated with attending the required on-campus immersion weekends. 
  • The program cost includes tuition, books, food and events during on-campus weekends, global travel experience (in-country travel, meals and accommodations), Harvard CORe, and housing and experiences during the on-campus IGNITE kickoff weekend to start the program.

Learn more about Tuition and Fees, Refund Policy, Payment and Financing Options

Work With World-Class Experts

Enhancing Corporate Responsibility Through Sustainable Product Design

Bentley professor Ryan Bouldin advocates for integrating sustainability into the early stages of product design to avoid inefficiencies and costs, and proposes a framework focusing on equity, transparency, health, circularity, and climate impacts, aiming to create a more inclusive and responsible design process. These principles align with the curriculum of Bentley's Professional MBA program, where students learn to incorporate sustainability and corporate responsibility into business strategies and product designs.

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Ryan Bouldin Ph.D.

Teaching interests include: chemistry of sustainable products, industrial ecology and sustainable product development

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Jennifer Xu Ph.D.

Teaching interests include: artificial intelligence, programming languages and database management

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Marcus Stewart Ph.D.

Teaching interests include: organizational behavior and change, leadership and diversity
 

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Iris Berdrow
Program Director and Professor of Management

Iris Berdrow is a tenured professor of management and the program director for the Advanced Standing in Business and MBA programs at Bentley University. Iris holds an MBA and PhD with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and International Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada. She is published in MIT Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Long Range Planning, and the Journal of World Business. Her current research interest is in cross-cultural effectiveness, assessing learning outcomes, and competency-based education. 

Contact Iris to schedule a time to discuss your background and career goals and how these align with Bentley's programs. 

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