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Professional MBA (PMBA)
A Highly Personalized, Hybrid MBA Experience

Professional MBA (PMBA)

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Ohio Resident, Cost Per Credit
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Advance Your Career as a Strategic Leader

Successfully leading in our modern business environment requires a versatile knowledge base as well as specialized expertise. Ohio University created an MBA experience that allows students to enhance their skill set while learning alongside a group of like-minded peers. Our Professional MBA takes a comprehensive approach to graduate education, facilitating in-person interaction while maintaining the flexibility working professionals need.

In addition to gaining critical business skills for career advancement, you will forge personal connections and long-term professional relationships with fellow learners and faculty members. Build core competencies in areas like marketing, finance and analytics while gaining skills you can apply in managerial roles across industries.

Learn more about what you can expect from earning your Professional MBA at Ohio University by joining our free information sessions.

Program Benefits

  • Nine unique concentrations 
  • Hybrid cohort model 
  • No GRE/GMAT required 
  • Best-in-class career services 
  • Expert faculty support


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Lead in a Complex Business World

Skilled business leaders are in high demand, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting 8% employment growth for management-level roles through 2031.1 With CEOs earning an average reported salary of $160,038, your PMBA can open doors to lucrative leadership positions.2 Online Students also receive this GradCAT benefit

Career Outlook


Experiential Learning at Ohio

The PMBA faculty will bring students together once a month at the Dublin Campus to collaborate on interactive workshops regarding actual business scenarios. Students can experience a mix of online and on-campus environments. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance

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Flexible Coursework for Today's Business World

36 Total Credits | 12 Courses | 9 Concentrations

The online PMBA degree provides you with strategic leadership skills through 36 customizable credit hours. With nine concentrations to choose from, students can pursue a topic area that will prepare them to lead in a complex business world. 

After completing your selected concentration courses, you can also apply for the corresponding OHIO graduate certificate or take one additional course to qualify, depending on the certificate you choose (there is no corresponding certificate for the Health Care or Accounting concentrations). Contact our admissions team for complete details.

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No GRE/GMAT required | No prerequisite courses

Spring 2024:

  • Application Deadline: 12/11/23
  • Classes Begin: 1/8/24

To apply to OHIO's Professional MBA program, you will need the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement (2 - 4 pages) discussing your career goals, how the master’s degree will help you achieve those goals, areas or competencies that you expect the program will help you strengthen and what you plan to contribute to the learning community
  • Current resume detailing professional experience
  • Two or more years of professional work experience
  • $50 application fee ($55 for international students)

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Earn a Flexible Degree at a Competitive Price

$35,028 Total Tuition (Resident) | $973 Per Credit (Resident)

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, student veteran, active military members, alumni, and corporate partners are automatically eligible to receive a 15% scholarship through the College of Business.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

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Information Sessions

Learn more about upcoming PMBA Information Sessions, Webinars, and Open Houses.

  • In-Person Connection

    Ohio University offers a convenient location for students in the Central Ohio area to attend once-a-month Saturday classes at our Dublin Campus. These interactive professional development sessions allow students to participate in lively discussion, group work and presentations with their cohort in a state-of-the-art classroom.

    PMBA students also join other graduate business students in attending a Leadership Development Conference in Athens, Ohio, during their program. This two-day conference is designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and real-world application through an exploration of various aspects of leadership, including how to lead yourself, how to lead and influence others and how to effectively lead businesses and enterprises in today’s modern environment.

  • Experiential Learning

    The PMBA faculty will bring students together once a month to collaborate and work together as a team regarding actual business scenarios. Experiential Learning provides students with an hands-on experience during their 24 month program.

    The Advantages of Experiential Learning

    -    Interactive Workshops
    -    Leadership and Teamwork Assessments
    -    Faculty Mentoring 
    -    Team Analysis Group Work
    -    State of the Art Technology Demonstrations 

What You'll Learn

  • Accounting for executives
  • Data analysis for decision-making
  • Collaboration
  • Human resource management
  • Operations management
  • Strategic leadership

Program Outcomes

In a 2021 exit survey of recent OHIO PMBA graduates, 68% of respondents reported that they had received a promotion. In addition, respondents reported an average salary increase of $10,000.

In this program, you will:

  • Develop a wide range of business knowledge and management skills in areas like team dynamics, accounting, inventory and data analysis
  • Enhance your core business competencies in areas such as marketing, finance and analytics
  • Prepare to grow as a leader by building communication, teamwork and decision-making skills

Learn From Business Leaders

OHIO PMBA faculty bring years of relevant industry experience to the classroom and offer guidance throughout the program. Our instructors play an integral role in each cohort, supporting students as they navigate new course material and engage in class discussions.

As a student, you'll benefit from:

  • Personalized attention
  • Industry-connections
  • Mentorship opportunities
  • Individualized instruction

Faculty Spotlight

Tom Marchese

Associate Professor of Instruction; Director, PMBA; Associate Director, COB Honors Program

Tom Marchese brings a wealth of knowledge to our executive education programs by drawing on his 30 years of professional experience leading Fortune 500 companies. Tom's prior roles included Vice President of Marketing, Innovation, and Research & Development at Papa Murphy's Pizza, Vice President of Marketing & Innovation at Bob Evans, Vice President of National Marketing at KFC/Yum Brands, and Vice President of Marketing & Innovation at Elmer's. Tom has led teams responsible for hugely innovative and successful initiatives and brings that experience to every program he facilitates.

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Related MBA Programs

  • Online MBA

    The Online MBA program can be completed in two years and features nine concentration options to customize your education to fit your needs. In addition to online coursework, students connect with faculty and fellow learners in structured virtual sessions.

  • One-Year MBA

    The One-Year MBA is a full-time, accelerated 12-month program ideal for students with limited work experience. It is designed to help you enhance your core business competencies and gain the confidence to thrive as a strategic and resourceful professional.

Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

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Are the MBA programs accredited?

Yes. The College of Business at OHIO is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Does the MBA program offer concentrations?

The PMBA and the Online MBA feature nine concentrations, including Accounting, Business Analytics, Business Venturing & Entrepreneurship, Executive Management, Finance, Health Care, Operations & Supply Chain Management, Project Management, and Strategic Selling & Sales Leadership.

Does the online MBA program have a residency component?

Yes. Through OHIO's unique Leadership Development Conference, you'll engage with your peers in person. During this weekend (Friday and Saturday) in Athens, Ohio, you will learn from world-class speakers, connect with classmates in online business programs at OHIO and meet the faculty you've learned from. All Online and Professional MBA students are required to attend this event at least once.

Does Ohio University offer virtual open houses?

You can learn more about OHIO’s Professional MBA from the comfort of your home. Our Virtual Information Sessions are hosted online via Microsoft Teams. You can register here for any and all upcoming PMBA Information Sessions that interest you.

Can't attend an information session? Call us at 740-593-2053 any time, or schedule an appointment with us.


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Management Occupations. Retrieved from
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