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MBA Programs

The College of Business and Economics offers four options for students pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Each program is specifically designed to meet the needs of students at different stages of their career.

Why pursue an MBA at Boise State? All programs provide:

  • AACSB Accreditation (held by only the top 5% of business programs worldwide)
  • Direct, applicable learning that is relevant to real-world business
  • Nationally recognized faculty with industry experience
  • Schedule flexibility to fit the needs of part-time students

MBA Program Comparison

Program NameCareer Track MBAProfessional MBAOnline MBAExecutive MBA
Program FormatFull-timePart-timeFull-time
or Part-time
Full-time equivalency
Class ScheduleM-Th daytimeFall/spring – weekly evening classes held 2-3 nights (M-Th)

Summer – online/ hybrid courses
Fully online classes3-4 consecutive days once each month
Classes BeginEach fallEach summer and fallEvery 8 weeksEach fall
Time to Graduation2 academic years
with summer commitment
24 months avg. completionIndividual discretion
in as little as 12 months
2 academic years
Total Credit Hours51434940
Cohort Format
YesYes, in the fall/spring with flexible summersNoYes
Program Focus
in addition to business skills
Real world experience, teamwork, project managementLeadership, intrapreneurship, real-world application, teamwork.Teamwork, real-world application. Development of flexible, innovative leaders
Emphasis AreasNoNoManagement, Healthcare Leadership, Construction Management, Marketing Leadership, Finance, Business Analytics, & Cyber OperationsNo
High achieving, recently graduated, non-business majorsMid-career working professionals wishing to advanceMid-career working professionals wishing to create career options but need schedule flexibility Middle to senior managers with strong leadership potential
Minimum Required Work ExperienceNo experience required2 years of professional management experience2 years of professional management experience6 years of managerial experience and 10 years overall professional experience
GMAT/GRE RequiredYes; waived for qualified "Fast Track" applicants*Yes; waived for qualified applicants**Yes; waived for qualified applicants**Yes; waived for qualified applicants
Internship RequiredYes; during summer between Year 1 & 2NoNoNo
Total Program Cost #$20,480 Idaho resident
$20,480 GEM***
$54,425 non-resident
$19,401 Idaho resident;
$31,822 non-resident
(most Professional MBA students qualify for resident tuition within 12 months of moving to Idaho)
$36,750 full tuition
$31,237 with scholarship
(Includes e-textbooks)
Learn MoreCareer Track MBAProfessional MBAOnline MBAExecutive MBA

* Qualified “Fast Track” applicants: please see Career Track MBA admission criteria for information about “Fast Track” requirements.  

**GMAT/GRE requirement may be waived for Professional or Online MBA applicants who have 3 years of significant management experience and a 3.0 GPA or have previously completed a master’s or a doctoral-level degree.  Please check the Admissions requirements for the Professional MBA Admissions or Online MBA Admissions programs for more details.

*** with GEM Scholarship. For more information, please visit the Graduate College GEM Scholarship page.

# Total Program Cost calculated using 2019-20 University Fees for Graduate Students. Fees are subject to change. Career Track MBA and Professional MBA program costs do not include textbooks. Estimate $2,500- $4,000 for textbooks (about $100 per credit).