The Scott Professional MBA
Thank you for your interest in the Professional MBA! We hope you find this site informative and useful as you consider the merits of this advanced degree offering from Indiana State University. The Professional MBA is unique; not just in Indiana, but across the U.S. and world. Open only to working professionals with five or more years responsible, skilled work experience, the ProMBA is top-accredited, nationally recognized, and developed to allow career-oriented individuals an alternative to traditional MBA programs. The Scott College of Business Professional MBA is 30 credit hours based on four areas of study: business tools, integrative seminars, special topics, and the culminating experience.
With its ten-week terms and classes in Westfield on only one night each week, the ProMBA allows working professionals the opportunity to get an advanced business degree while balancing work, family, and school. The all-inclusive fee is very affordable and compares favorably to other programs with our top accreditation and even those without national accreditation.
The class profile presented on this site will provide you a glimpse of the students who will be your peers in the program. You will build a network of rising stars in the Indianapolis area as you study the most contemporary business practices in management today. Not only does your curriculum include the standard finance, operations, marketing, and personnel courses of the traditional MBA, it also includes cutting-edge courses in negotiations, risk management, and project management.
A new cohort begins each fall. Applications are accepted year-round for selective admission to this special program. Our friendly and competent staff is glad to answer your questions and provide guidance to you as you pursue the road to a graduate education. Don’t hesitate to contact us!
How to Apply
The ProMBA is a 21 month, cohort-based program accredited by AACSB – International and developed specifically for focused and intentional career professionals with three or more years of responsible, professional work experience. The ProMBA addresses the issue of balancing work, family, and all you do through its unique delivery method:
- Classroom setting one night per week in Westfield, IN
- Two courses per term
- Ten-week terms: fall, winter, and late spring/summer
- 21 months to complete
- In-class and technology-driven learning with a business professor
- Executive Career Coaching
Connections with the professor and among the ProMBA students are facilitated with the use of online technologies throughout the term. Reading materials, course assignments, and networking opportunities are delivered through distance technologies.
Individuals who pursue the MBA program at Indiana State University will receive quality, rigorous coaching ingrained in current industry trends and best practices to prepare for a career as a manager or business professional in an ever-changing global environment. The program will emphasize both theory as well as practice to develop tomorrow’s leaders with skills in problem solving, strategic thinking, and the management of organizational change.
MBA Learning Goals
- Students will demonstrate the ability to use business problem solving techniques.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to apply business knowledge consistent with contemporary best practices.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
- Students will demonstrate an advanced understanding of global business practices.
Accreditation and Recognition
Fewer than five percent of institutions have programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International – the highest standard of achievement for business schools. In the United States, less than 25 percent of business programs can claim AACSB International accreditation, and Indiana State is one of them. This distinction not only indicates the kind of quality you can expect in the program, it also differentiates you from others on the job market. The Scott College MBA has also been recognized as a "Nation’s Best" program by the Princeton Review for seventeen years in a row. In addition, the U.S. News & World Report and Fortune have both recognized our MBA program in their listings of Best Part-Time MBA Programs.
Classes meet at Indiana State's Westfield location for ten consecutive weeks each term. Classes are held from 5:30-10:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings, and you'll take two classes each term, alternating from one week to the next.
The following schedule shows the classes offered each term. You'll have several weeks between terms to help you balance work, family, and school. (Schedule of classes subject to change)
|Fall||Advanced Management Practices||Quantitative Problem Solving|
|Spring||Management Accounting||Management Information Systems|
|Summer||Managing the Strategic Workforce||Strategic Supply Chain & Operating Decisions|
|Fall||Strategic Marketing Management||Risk Management|
|Spring||Strategic Financial Decisions||Project Management|
|Summer||Dynamic Strategy: An Integrated Approach||Special Topics Course|
The ProMBA is open to applicants who hold an undergraduate degree and have five or more years of responsible, professional work experience. We seek a class with a variety of educational and professional experiences!
- Complete the ProMBA Application. Under choose your campus, select "Indiana State University Main Campus.” Choose “Business Administration” as the field of interest and “Professional MBA – Westfield, IN” as the program of study.
- Upload your professional résumé on the application status page after submitting your application.
- Submit official transcripts for all institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate). All transcripts must be sent directly from the school attended to Graduate Admissions (see address below). E-transcripts should be sent to email@example.com.
Indiana State University
318 North Sixth Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809-1904
Admission into the ProMBA is granted once a year for the fall semester. Applications are accepted year-round. Timely submission of your complete application will allow us to fully consider your credentials. In some cases, letters of reference will be requested to support your application. Successful applicants will be admitted to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Indiana State University and the Professional MBA program.
Admission to the ProMBA program is based upon:
- Length and type of professional experience
- GPA(s) from previous institution(s)
- Letters of reference (in some cases).
All applicants must demonstrate that they are capable of meeting the academic rigor of the program and that they have the necessary experience to benefit from and contribute to the program.
The Professional MBA is provided for one, ALL-INCLUSIVE fee of roughly $30,000.
This fee includes:
- Tuition and fees
- All required textbooks and materials
- ISU information technology services
- Evening meals on class nights
- Career Center services and Executive Career Coaching
- Networking, speaker, and thought-leadership events
- Registration, advising, library and all other student services
There are no other fees associated with the Professional MBA. The tuition is subject to change without notice.
Should an employer wish to pay for the program on the student/employee’s behalf, contact needs to be made with ISU Bursar Office or the Graduate Programs office. The student/employer may contact Bursar Operations direct at 812-237-3511 for assistance.
Once you have begun the program, and prior to first day of a new term, a 100% refund will be made to you if you have paid your fees for the upcoming term, but are not able to continue in the program. Beginning with the first day of the term and after, no refunds will be granted. Students who stop out of the program for one or more semesters, then re-enroll, will be assessed the prevailing rate of the new cohort that they join.
Graduate students may qualify for federal student loans through the Office of Student Financial Aid at Indiana State University. Students may be eligible for a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Loan, or private alternative loan. More information can be found at www.indstate.edu/finaid. Contact a representative of the Office of Student Financial Aid at (800) 841-4744 or ISUfirstname.lastname@example.org,
Students may also be eligible for scholarships through the Scott College of Business. Please visit the scholarships pages for eligibility guidelines and information on how to apply.
No, laptops are not required. However, we strongly encourage you to have a laptop. Our classroom facility allows you access to the Internet and you may find this beneficial. Because a significant portion of the program utilizes distance technologies, you must be able to access the Internet outside of class. Any required software will be provided to you. We also expect that our students will be proficient with email, web browsing, and standard IT tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software.
Please contact the Bursar’s office directly at (812)237-3535 for all payment related questions.
No, the GMAT is not required for the ProMBA program.
You can contact the Student Financial Aid office at (800)841-4744.
The Admissions Committee will not act upon your application until it is complete. The amount of time that it takes to receive transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc. varies. You can check on your application at any time by calling the Graduate Programs office at (812)237-2002. Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and you will receive a letter informing you of the decision.
Once you have been accepted to the program, you will be notified when it is time to register for the first term. The Graduate Programs office will register you for classes. You will receive notification once you have been registered for the first semester. After that, you will be registered for the next term as you near the end of the present term.
You will receive full credit on your transcript for all classes you have completed while at Indiana State. Because we are accredited by the AACSB-I, most schools will accept some or all of your courses in their own MBA programs. However, every school is different and you must check with the school to determine whether your ISU classes will be accepted. If you have paid tuition for a term that has not yet started, you will be entitled to a 100% refund. However, once a term starts, no refunds are given for payment for that term.