Balancing an MBA program with work and life may seem difficult, but it is achievable. Many MBA programs offer the option to take the program part-time. When you’re part-time MBA student, not only will it give you flexibility, but it will allow you to balance everything in your life – whether it’s raising children or working part-time, it’s possible to earn your MBA in a manageable way.

Here are 10 of the top MBA programs offered for students who can’t attend a full-time program.

1. University of California-Berkeley

The Berkeley Hass part-time MBA program, also known as the Evening & Weekend MBA, is one of the top part-time programs in the United States. It’s is specifically designed for individuals who are currently working as the program gives them the opportunity to earn an MBA while not jeopardizing their careers.

It’s a three-year program, but it is possible to fast-track the program so that it can be completed in about 2.5 years. It’s important to know that upon completion of the program, it offers the same level of degree received by those in the full-time graduates.

Here are some details about the Evening & Weekend MBA program:

Location and Scheduling: Evening and Saturday-only options and classes alternate between Berkeley and a Silicon Valley location. After acceptance to program, students will be required to attend a mandatory orientation usually held near the Berkeley campus. The orientation will prepare students for what to expect throughout the course.

Courses:  The program requires students to complete 42 semester units of courses that comprise of 23 core courses, and 19 units of elective course. During the second year of the program, students are required to choose electives that focus on their preferred industry. Some of the areas of studies include: Sustainable Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, Strategy/Consulting, Global Management, among others.

Program Length: The part-time program takes approximately three years to complete

2. University of Chicago (Booth)

The University of Chicago (Booth) doesn’t want you to put your career on hold while completing an MBA.  They offer an Evening or Weekend MBA program in Chicago that offers a custom-made curriculum for students who can only do a part-time program.

The University of Chicago (Booth) promises that part-time students will receive the same level of world-class education that those of full-time studies receive – Booth is known to offer one of top-ranked, part-time MBA program in the world.  Here’s what to expect from their part-time MBA program:

Location and Scheduling:The Evening & Weekend MBA classes are located at the downtown Chicago campus, Students can select times in the Evening and Weekend that works for their schedule.

Courses:  MBA students can choose from more than 130 courses that are specifically tailored to your area of interest. Students do have the option to take courses across programs. The University of Chicago also offers a program for those with 0-3 years of work experience (only offered to those who are part of the Evening and Weekend MBA program).

Program Length:  On average, the part-time MBA program takes about 2.5 to three years to complete, but students do have the option to take up to five years to complete.

3. Northwestern University (Kellogg)

Northwestern University (Kellogg) allows you to choose a schedule that works for you with their Evening & Weekend MBA program. Classes start in the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer quarter – choose the best time of the year that works with your schedule. This is a great option for students who are working during the weekday, or for students who are commuting a long distance. Here’s more details about the part-time MBA program.

Location and Scheduling: All part-time classes are held at Wieboldt Hall in downtown Chicago.

Here’s what the part-time schedule looks like:

  • Evening: Classes are held Monday Through Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Weekend: Classes are offered on Saturdays, either 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and/or 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Additional flexibility: If their schedule allows for it, Students have the option to take evening and daytime courses on the Evanston campus with the Full-Time students to help fast-track their MBA degree.

Courses: Northwestern University offers a fully customizable MBA program to ensure that you’re taking courses that are tailored to you. As you work to complete the core MBA courses, you also have the option to select additional majors or pathways that supports your interests.

Program Length: The part-time MBA programs gives you two options for completion

  1. Accelerated: one to four years to graduate
  2. Traditional: 1.25 to five years to graduate

4. Part-time MBA (Online) University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Ross)

If you’re looking for maximum flexibility when it comes to completing your MBA, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Ross) is a great option – they actually offer the ability to complete your MBA online. Michigan Ross is a leader in world-class education and they fully understand that flexibility is important for success in the 21st century. Here’s what the Online MBA program can offer you:

Location and Scheduling: All classes are offered on their customized online learning platform. Classes are made up of short videos and online assignments – students will also receive online feedback for their completion of their work. Students are required to have a PC and a broadband connection to participate in the online classroom experience.  To be eligible for Fall 2019, the application is due May 20, 2019.

Courses: The Online MBA program consist of a variety of learning assignments and tasks over the course of the degree. Students will engage in self-learning, synchronized class sessions with other students and professors, and three in-person residencies. The program requires 57 credits hours to complete.

Program Length:  Earning an Online MBA is self paced, however, it was designed to be completed in three years – it’s possible to accelerate or slow down the pace depending on what fits your schedule.

5. Temple University (Fox)

Looking for a convenient way to earn your MBA? Temple University (Fox) offers students the ability to earn their MBA part-time. The program is designed to offer flexibility and is customizable, so if you’re a working professional it is possible to complete your MBA without leaving your current job. Actually, Temple University (Fox) is one of the most respected business degree programs in the United States.

Here’s what to expect from the Fox Part-Time MBA program:

Location and Scheduling: The program is held both in the city and the suburbs – classes are held in Center City and Conshohocken. Both locations are accessible by public transit. Students can choose which semester works best for them to start the program, and also have the flexibility to select how many classes to take per semester and have the option to take a semester off if need be.

Courses: The Fox Part-Time MBA is one of the leading MBA programs that can be fully customizable to fit every student. Students have the ability to select an experience that suits them.

Program Length:  Part-time students at the Conshohocken location have the option to complete their program in as little as two years.  

6. Virginia Tech (Pamplin)

The Virginia Tech Evening MBA Program gives working professionals the ability to earn an MBA on their schedule. According to Business Insider and U.S News and World Report, the Virginia Tech Evening program is one of the top part-time MBA programs in the United States, and one of the top three part-time programs in the DC Metro Area.

Location and Scheduling: The Evening MBA programs allows you to complete it at your own pace. Student have the option to choose how many classes they want to take per semester – the average part-time student takes two classes a semester. All classes will be held the Northern Virginia Center.

Courses: In addition to core MBA courses, students have the option to enhance their MBA. They can do this by having the option to study abroad, selection one of Virginia Tech’s Areas of Specialization, or the option to earn a dual Master of Information Technology degree.

Program Length:  You can complete the program at your own pace. However, there is an option to accelerate the program by taking more classes per semester if your schedule allows for it.

7. Ohio State University (Fisher)

Did you know you can earn your MBA on the weekends at Ohio State University (Fisher)?  Like most other part-time MBA programs, Fisher’s part-time MBA program is tailored to meet your specific schedule. Fisher offers a nationally renowned MBA program that gives students the opportunity to earn their degree while also allowing you to balance your personal commitments.  

Here’s some more information about Fisher’s MBA program at Ohio State University.

Location and Scheduling: All classes will be held a Fisher College of Business in Columbus, Ohio. The program gives students the flexibility to schedule classes on the weekend and/or during the weekday evenings. The school also offers a free bus service to class – the service operates and serves the cities of Cleveland, Cincinnati and Dayton.

Here’s what the part-time schedule looks like:

  • Evening: Monday to Thursday, 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Weekend: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (classes will be held on Sunday during home football games)

Courses: All MBA part-time 11 core courses consist of in-depth exploration of the business environment. Students will also choose from a wide variety of elective courses to complete the degree. It’s important to know that Fisher offers working professional MBA students that ability to enroll in as few as 1,5 credit hours per semester.

Program Length:  The average program length is eight semesters.

  1. University of Texas-Austin (McCombs)

The University of Texas-Austin (McCombs) offers an Evening MBA program that’s perfect for any working professional looking to get their MBA without leaving your current career. UT Austin offers a renowned part-time MBA program that allows you to advance your education at night.

Location and Scheduling: All classes are at McCombs School of Business at the UT Austin campus in Austin, Texas. Classes are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings.

Courses: All MBA courses offer a cohort-based learning experience, with emphasis on broad business management knowledge and skills.

Program Length:  The average time it takes to complete the program is 2.5 year.

9. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)

Tepper School of Business offers one of the top-ranked part-time MBA programs – it’s one of the best programs that works for students with a busy schedule.  The part-time program offers the same curriculum as the full-time program with a focus on analytics and leadership taught by the same Full-Time faculty.  

Here’s some other details about the Part-Time Flex MBA program offered at Carnegie Mellon University.

Location and Scheduling: At the beginning of each mini-semester, students will join in-person weekend classes to connect with peers, faculty, and alumni. For two evenings a week, students will join online classes (no need to drive to campus or skip a business trip). As for electives, students can choose to take their electives in-person or online.

Courses: Offers the same core curriculum as Full-Time MBA students with dual focus on strategic analytics and leadership development.

Program Length:  Program starts in September over a 32-month duration.

10. New York University (Stern)

At New York University you can earn your MBA while still continuing to pursue your professional career. At NYU Stern you can choose to take the part-time program during the weeknights, Saturday, or their accelerated two-year course. Here are some details about NYU Stern part-time MBA program.

Location and Scheduling:

Langone Part-time MBA

  1. Monday through Thursday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  2. Fall or Spring semester start
  3. Flexible classes that only meet one night per week
  4. After first two semesters, students can choose which nights and locations (Manhattan or Westchester)
  5. For the accelerated two-year program, students meet two nights per week or all day Saturday.

Saturday Program (9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and/or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

  1. Ideal for working professionals
  2. Year-round Saturdays (allows you to earn MBA at the pace that is best for you)
  3. Fall or Spring semester start
  4. Vast majority of courses held on Saturday, attendance may be required on other days
  5. After first two semesters, students can choose which nights and locations (Manhattan or Westchester)

Courses: In addition to the required core curriculum, students are required to enroll in electives and specializations. NYU Sterns offers over 200 elective choices and students can select up to three specializations from more than 20 options.

Program Length:  Fall and Spring semesters are 12 weeks.  

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