Professional MBA (PMBA) course schedules on the Tampa and Sarasota-Manatee campuses provide students the flexibility needed to continue advancement in their careers. Alternatively, some students may prefer to enroll full-time and complete the program in as little as 12 months. Students benefit from the freedom to enroll in their MBA courses offered at any of USF’s campuses. The entire program can be completed at either the Tampa or Sarasota-Manatee campus.
Tampa Campus - Creative, Fast Track Scheduling
Students enrolling in PMBA courses on the Tampa campus benefit from an innovative, fast-tracked scheduling model of weekday evening courses and limited online courses. In many MBA programs, it takes 16 weeks of class in order to complete one three-credit-hour course. The fast-track model includes 12-week, 8-week, 4week, and 1-week courses. This course design allows students to complete extra classes in a year, shortening the time it takes to earn the degree considerably.
Sarasota-Manatee Campus - The Weekend MBA
Students enrolling in PMBA courses on the Sarasota-Manatee campus enjoy engaging courses offered on Saturdays throughout the semester. This consistent format helps facilitate an effective work/family/school life balance.
The curriculum of the Professional MBA is designed around a series of Foundation, Core, Elective and Capstone courses. For a detailed description of degree requirements, please visit the graduate catalog.
16 credits – maximum
The business foundation courses provide background in key functional areas in order to prepare for more advanced studies. Students who have a recent undergraduate degree or coursework in business may be able to waive some or all of the business foundation courses. Some students choose to pursue the Business Foundations Graduate Certificate prior to entering the MBA .
The MBA core is a series of advanced application courses that every student takes during their time in the program. Functional knowledge and skills build on each other throughout the curriculum, preparing students to integrate the various functional areas of business that effective leaders need. Students will develop key competencies in analytics, professional communication, financial analysis, organizational behavior and ethics.
The elective course selection enables students to develop expertise that is customized to their personal and professional goals and interests. Some students work with their academic advisor to develop an individualized areas of emphasis, while others select a unique combination of electives across an array of disciplines to best fit their needs.
Capstone - Integrating Business Applications
The MBA capstone sets the stage for students to work directly with real company clients. The experience reinforces the culmination of applied skillsets that every student gathers through the core curriculum. The in-depth consulting work is done in teams and leads to actionable recommendations for the company client. Typically completed in a student’s last semester, the capstone experience is challenging and rewarding... the perfect last step as students look ahead to celebrate their graduation.