Professional MBA FAQs
Can I complete the Professional MBA fully online?
The Professional MBA can be completed 100% online. If you are interested in completing the majority of classes online, you are encouraged to start the program in the fall or spring semester due to course availability. A summer or fall start is required if you need any or all of the fundamental courses. Even in its online format, the Capstone course (MGMT 548) will have several synchronous virtual requirements during the semester.
When are the courses offered?
The Professional MBA Curriculum Guide illustrates when each course meets on campus, as well as the semester when an online format is available.
Am I required to take the fundamental courses?
Fundamental courses may be required in the areas of financial accounting, microeconomics, statistics, and finance. The online fundamental courses are offered each semester and provide a strong foundation for the related classes in the core curriculum. You may waive the fundamental courses if you have taken equivalent coursework in your undergraduate or other graduate studies, and have graduated within the past five years earning a B- or better in the respective course. When your application is reviewed for admission, the admissions committee will make the determination as to whether you qualify for a waiver for specific fundamental courses.
When can I start the program?
You may start the Professional MBA in the fall (late August), spring (mid-January) or summer (mid-May) semesters.
How long does it take to complete the Professional MBA?
You may pursue the program part-time or full-time. If you pursue the program part-time, you may complete the program in as little as 6-7 semesters (2-2 ½ years) depending on the need for fundamental courses. As a full-time student, you may complete the program in 4-5 semesters (less than two years) depending on the need for fundamental courses. Please refer to the Recommended Course Sequence.
Do you offer concentrations or specializations?
For an additional 10.5 credits, you may add a certificate in Analytics & Information Management or Supply Chain Management to your program of study. Starting in Fall 2021, a certificate in Entrepreneurship will be available.
Can I use tuition reimbursement through my employer?
Yes, Duquesne University offers Corporate Tuition Deferment, a program whereby tuition payments are deferred until after grades are posted. To qualify, each semester you must pay a $35 processing fee and submit a letter on company letterhead from your human resources department to Student Accounts. The tuition balance must be paid in full by the due date, regardless of whether you have received reimbursement from your employer. Should your employment status change or the your employer cancel authorization of the student's reimbursement, you are still still responsible for payment. Any portion of the tuition and fees not covered by your employer must be paid by the payment due date.
How long are classes?
Courses that are three (3) credit hours will meet for the duration of the full semester (15 weeks for spring and fall semesters or 12 weeks for the summer semester). Courses that are 1.5 credit hours will meet for the first half or second half of the semester (7 weeks for fall and spring semesters and 6 weeks for the summer semester)