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Boise State’s Professional MBA program has new curriculum, shortened timeline

Four graduate students sit at commencement
Boise State Spring Commencement, John Kelly photo.

Boise State’s Professional MBA program – a part-time program for working professionals – was redesigned to better serve students and meet the needs of the Treasure Valley business community. The program’s new curriculum begins this summer, and new students can apply now to start this summer or fall.

The refreshed curriculum includes a reduced, two-year completion time, online summer offerings and increased flexibility for new student start dates. The program maintains the cohort-style format, which allows for robust networking and learning opportunities from a tight-knit group of experienced classmates. Courses focus on leadership, entrepreneurship, real-world application and teamwork, and are designed for mid-career working professionals wishing to advance in their careers.

“The new Professional MBA curriculum offers additional flexibility, affordability and relevance that working professionals seek,” College of Business and Economics Dean Mark Bannister said. “It retains the critical face-to-face experience where students grow through experiential learning and discussion. We’re pleased to support our growing Idaho businesses by helping to train the next generation of leaders.”

A working group of college faculty and staff collaborated to develop the new curriculum. They researched and implemented enhancements to the existing program to better suit the needs of professionals.

“Our team surveyed and interviewed alumni, students and employers across the area to learn what organizations need from future leaders,” Professional MBA Director Ally Daniels explained. “We teach our students the importance of listening to customers and creating a culture of innovation. I’m proud that our curriculum revision process followed these same principals – leading to an educational experience that is truly impactful for students.”

Boise State is the only school in the Treasure Valley with a business college that is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The university launched the program in 2012 to create a separate and intentional cohort experience for professionals with two or more years of management experience. Professional MBA alumni represent a wide variety of companies from small to large, corporate to nonprofits.

Visit the Professional MBA program overview for more information or contact Daniels at