2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration MBA, Professional Track

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College: Business Administration Degree: MBA
Department: Business Administration
Program Websites: http://www.ucfmba.ucf.edu
Graduate Program Handbook

Track Description

The Professional MBA (PMBA) combines the rigor and depth of a traditional MBA program and offers two scheduling options:  students can attend part-time in the evening for 24 months so as not to interrupt their full-time career, or they can attend full-time during the day for 12 months.  

The 24-month part-time PMBA is offered at the UCF Downtown Campus each summer. It is also offered at a regional campus location on a rotational basis most fall terms providing a convenient location to working professionals in Central Florida.

The 12-month full-time PMBA is offered at the UCF Downtown Campus each fall. 

The PMBA enrolls a limited-size group of professionals from a variety of organizations and industries to come together and challenge their intellect, enhance their capabilities and broaden their perspectives while growing their professional network. The innovative curriculum equips program participants with the analytical tools, latest business techniques, and skills needed to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace while honing their business knowledge, teamwork, critical thinking and decision making skills. The program integrates the students’ professional experience allowing them to immediately apply newly-acquired knowledge on the job. PMBA faculty members who share their expertise and provide insights into real-world business issues use consultative teaching approaches combining lectures, case studies, discussion forums and presentations to maximize learning. Participants will also find a high level of personal attention from PMBA administrators from the moment they apply.

  • 24-month part-time or 12-month full-time options
  • Minimum 3 years of work experience required for the part-time PMBA
  • Minimum 1-3 years of work experience OR earned graduate degree or currently enrolled in a graduate program required for the full-time PMBA
  • Limited class size, cohort program
  • Innovative curriculum (consultative and case-based applied approach)
  • Personal interview required for admission

This program is a professional program with a market rate tuition. The tuition is the same for Florida residents and non-residents. Please visit https://business.ucf.edu/centers-institutes/executive-development-center/ucf-mba-comparison-page/ for more information.

This program is accredited by AACSB International.  

Foundation Prerequisites

To help prepare you for the start of your MBA program, UCF offers online learning modules in accounting, economics, finance, and business statistics. These are offered through McGraw-Hill’s Connect online learning management system and are designed to help you build the foundational knowledge needed to succeed in the MBA program at UCF. All MBA students are required to take the Initial Assessments for each of the subject areas, and possibly purchase the online learning modules depending in their Initial Assessment results. For more information on the MBA Foundation Prerequisites, click here: https://business.ucf.edu/graduate-programs/.


Total Credit Hours Required: 39 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Restricted Elective Courses: 9 Credit Hours

Capstone Course

The UCF MBA capstone course, MAN 6721 - Applied Strategy and Business Policy, is required for all MBA students. This capstone course integrates the various functional disciplines in business administration. It focuses on the theories and frameworks in the field of strategic management, and requires a minimum grade of “B-” (2.75).

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide: 

  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended.
  • Current Resume.
  • Prepare a goal statement that answers the following questions.  Please limit to 1000 words.
    • Describe what motivated you either professionally or personally to pursue a master’s degree.
    • Describe the steps you took to select UCF and this program. Include how long you have been considering graduate school and how you learned about this program.
    • Describe a specific academic experience or professional business skill you hope to acquire through the program and how you plan to use it going forward.  
  • Three professional letters of recommendation or three e-mail addresses of recommenders. One recommendation must be from a previous or current supervisor.
  • If your degree was not received in the U.S., you must also send one copy of each transcript to an accredited evaluation service for a course-by-course evaluation showing the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. We accept either World Education Services (WES) www.wes.org or Josef Silny www.jsilny.com/. Please request that your official transcripts be sent to UCF along with your transcript evaluation.
  • If your native language is not English and you do not have a degree from a U.S. institution or English instruction institution, you will be required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or an IELTS English Language Test score.  For TOEFL a minimum score of 577 paper-based; 233 computer-based; or 91 Internet-based. For IELTS a minimum score of 7.0 is required. For more information on exams and locations, go to www.ets.org/toefl.
  • Review Process.  Your application will be reviewed once all required documents are received.  Assuming you meet our admission requirements, you will be contacted to schedule an interview. Admission decisions are made after the interview and review process are complete.

    The GMAT is not required for Executive or Professional degree programs in the College of Business.

    Early application tuition discounts are available for this program. For application and tuition discount details, view our Graduate Admissions page.

Application Deadlines

Professional *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   Jul 1   Apr 1

The Part-Time PMBA starting in Summer 2021 will be taught at the UCF Downtown Campus.

The Part-Time PMBA starting Fall 2021 will be taught at the Valencia West Campus.

The Full-Time PMBA starting in Fall 2021 will be taught at the UCF Downtown Campus.

International Applicants   Jan 15    
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date. 


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Robin Hofler
Telephone: 407-235-3913
DTC 201B

Graduate Admissions
Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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