Professional MBA Academic Program


  • Total number of credits: 55.5
  • 4 format options: Cohort, Self-paced, Online, & Hybrid
  • Duration: 2-5 Years

Program Options

In the Professional MBA program (PMBA), there are four program formats: Cohort, Self-Paced, Online, & Hybrid.

The Cohort option allows you and a group of fellow students to move through the first year of the curriculum together on our Foggy Bottom Campus. Cohort students complete core requirements, but have the option to add additional elective coursework to accelerate the program. After the first year, you customize your MBA from our variety of concentrations, certificate and electives. PMBA-cohort classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings for the first three semesters and elective classes are generally offered weeknights, Monday through Thursday.

The Self-Paced option allows you to design your own course schedule to meet your professional and personal needs and interests. Designed with greater flexibility in mind, the self-paced format is completed in two to five years based on the number of courses you complete each semester. PMBA-self-paced core and elective classes are generally held weeknights Monday through Thursday.

The Online option allows students to take advantage of our unique MBA curriculum from wherever you are in the world. Offered completely virtually but still taught by our esteemed business school faculty, this program enables you to complete your GW MBA from anywhere, while earning the same AACSB-accredited degree awarded to our on-campus students. Online courses are predominantly synchronous. Students participate in a weekly one hour online session led by sync session leaders. These weekly sessions may consist of live discussions, guest lecturers, and Q & A.

The Hybrid option provides you with ultimate flexibility. You can decide not only which courses to take, but also what delivery format you prefer –online or on-campus.  The ability to hybrid our Professional MBA is attractive to students with busy seasons in either their personal or professional lives. Students interested in the Hybrid option should submit an application for the Online-MBA format.


PMBA core requirements make up 28.5 credits, with the remaining 27 credits reserved for elective classes. Electives are typically completed after the majority of core course requirements have been fulfilled, and may also be completed with short-term study abroadprograms.

Elective Courses (27 credit hours of coursework)

With 27 credit hours of electives built into the curriculum, students are able to add up to two concentrations and/or certificates to their degrees, choose additional courses from over 200 electives offered at School of Business, or take graduate-level classes offered through other GW schools or area universities. Students can also apply to add a second master’s degree to their MBA through GW’s many dual and joint degree offerings.

Professional MBA Sample Curriculum

There are sample program schedules for students starting in the Spring 2015 semester and the Fall 2015 semester. Students have up to five years to complete the program. The student and academic advisor will outline an individualized study plan.

See a sample PMBA curriculum