Master of Business Administration Professional Studies
Create your professional studies degree
With an MBA in Professional Studies from Strayer, you’ll have the flexibility to develop your own personalized MBA program. You’ll discover how to craft a schedule of coursework that informs your knowledge of the specific business practices that matter to you.
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Professional studies MBA program details
Who knows better than you what you need to be successful? Strayer helps you gain technical skills that can be applied to a variety of business settings – skills like allocating company resources, devising pricing strategies and making critical business decisions.
Class size varies based on course objectives and the teaching demands of the subject matter. In general, Strayer University aims to keep the student-to-instructor ratio low.
How long does it take to get a master’s degree in business administration?
- There are 12 11-week courses in this program.
- How many courses you take at a time will determine how long the overall program will be.
- Strayer University credits are expressed in quarter hours.
- One quarter hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of 10 contact hours per course.
- The standard requirement for one course is for students to spend 10 to 14 hours in weekly work, including in- and out-of-classroom work. The Strayer course design uses this requirement to meet applicable regulatory standards.
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How much does an MBA in Professional Studies cost?
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How much does an MBA in Professional Studies cost?
*Student is required to take two courses per quarter during disbursement period
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Program cost breakdown
This MBA program consists of 12 courses, with the price of $2,985 per course. There are additional fees for textbooks and supplies, a $65 technology fee each term and a one-time $150 degree conferral fee.
Courses from another institution may be eligible for transfer credits to Strayer, which can help reduce the number of courses you need to graduate and your overall tuition. You can transfer up to four classes toward your master’s degree. The Strayer transfer credit page has more information as well as a tool to estimate how many transfer credits you may be able to apply to your Strayer degree program.
*Students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration in North Carolina or Pennsylvania may transfer up to four classes.
Scholarships and financial aid
There are a number of financial aid options worth exploring on our financial aid page. To apply for federal aid, prospective students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Stafford loans are available for graduate study. These are direct unsubsidized loans, not based on financial need. Unlike subsidized loans, Stafford loan interest will accrue while in the program. Making interest payments while in school will help reduce the amount of principal that would otherwise build up, reducing your end cost.
There are also scholarships and private loans available for Strayer students.
More than 500 organizations – including corporations and community colleges – invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to discounted education programs. If your employer is a Corporate Alliance Partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you discover career pathways in your field.
Nonfederal loans can help pay the difference between the cost of attendance and the total of loans and grants received from other tuition assistance programs.
Military tuition assistance
Scholarships are offered to eligible students currently serving in the military, as well as military spouses. Strayer is also approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Learn more about the Strayer University active military assistance program here.
In addition to participating fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Strayer is approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Student veterans can receive transfer credit for military training and life experiences.
Professional studies courses
This concentration allows you to design a customized MBA program focused on your specific interests. Working with an advisor, you can study big picture business concepts like strategic management, communication, leadership and business law. View all courses.
The ability to communicate with clarity, confidence, persuasion and passion is an increasingly vital skill in business. This course focuses on tailoring your communication style to your audience. You will learn about communication strategies, effective business writing, and improving interpersonal communications and understand why communication is one of the most important skills in business.
Examines the strategic management process and implementation of successful business strategies in the highly competitive and dynamic global environment. Analyzes the impact of technology, government policy, and world economic and political forces on strategy formulation and execution. Analytic, integrative, and decision-making skills will be exercised through the use of case analysis and decision-making that will involve the core business functions, leadership challenges and global operations. A grade of B or higher is required for satisfactory course completion. Course residency requirement: This course must be taken as last or next-to-last class; it is not eligible for transfer credit and must be taken at Strayer University.
Analyzes the interaction of individual, group, and organizational dynamics that influence human behavior in organizations and determine appropriate management approaches to foster a productive work environment. Examines a variety of theories, models and strategies used to understand motivation and individual behavior, decision making, the dynamics of groups, work teams, communication, leadership, power and politics, conflict resolution, work design, organizational structure and culture, and managing change. Provides a conceptual base for managers to interpret, assess and influence human behavior in an organization.
Applies the major elements of the marketing process, including domestic and foreign market assessment, strategic planning and the development of an effective marketing mix (product, price, promotion and distribution) to create customer value. Analyzes key marketing concepts, such as consumer/business buying behavior, market research, brand management, product development, pricing strategies and the design of marketing channels (promotion and distribution). Examines the integration of marketing with other functions in a business organization.
It’s all about the numbers. This course provides an overview of data analytics and statistics using tools such as Excel to make strategic business decisions. Topics covered include Key Performance Indicators, storytelling with data, Excel basics, data analysis, statistical concepts, and dashboards/business decision making using analytics.
What can you do with an MBA in Professional Studies?
Your education can help you pursue your professional and personal goals. While Strayer cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific career outcome, such as a job title, promotion or salary increase, we encourage you to explore the potential impact you can have in the professional world.
Versatile skills for your future
The professional studies concentration provides students the opportunity to create a custom learning experience in business. Students will be able to choose three courses from the portfolio of MBA concentration courses that they feel best fit their learning needs. Students also have the option of taking the BUS 595 Business Experience through Workplace Learning course as one of their three courses in this concentration. Through the choice of three additional graduate courses, students will be able to acquire skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in their chosen careers within the business environment.
These courses are selected in consultation with a dean or coach. Courses may be selected from graduate-level courses in developing a curriculum that meets students’ educational and professional needs. Students are responsible for fulfilling any prerequisites associated with the graduate courses selected in the program.
In addition, students who complete this concentration may be prepared to:
- Carry out corrective action plans to fix problems within the organization or specific departments.
- Create and implement company policies to help increase productivity and maximize ROI.
- Guide managers on handling issues related to organizational policies, such as equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment.
- Identify and fill open staff positions by interviewing and selecting applicants.
- Manage employee and staff work related to hiring, payment and employee relations.
- Monitor schedules, staffing and budgets throughout a project and update as needed.
- Organize and run orientation programs for new employees, trainings and more.
- Organize the creation or setup of systems to control budgets, keep records and manage administrative tasks.
- Oversee departments such as advertising, purchasing, credit or accounting.
- Perform difficult staffing tasks, like resolving understaffing issues, firing employees and enforcing disciplinary actions.
- Resolve any issues that come up throughout the course of a project.
- Select department heads or managers and delegate tasks and responsibilities to them.
- Supply employees and new candidates with details about job responsibilities, pay and benefits.
Master of Business Administration admission requirements
Before you can pursue your master’s degree, you’ll need to enroll at Strayer. Here’s what you’ll need to get started for admission to the university.
Learn more about the admissions process at Strayer.
Students applying to Washington, D.C., or New Jersey campuses must provide proof of proper immunization.
Transferring to Strayer from another university?
Some or all of the credits you’ve earned may be transferable.
International MBA students
We welcome international students.