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Part-Time MBA Cleveland (Evening Program for Working Professionals)

Professional MBA

Find Purpose in a Community of Difference Makers

Program Highlights
Is this MBA Right for Me?

The Boler Professional MBA is designed to accelerate the career progression of those currrently in the workforce, helping them to move into positions of increasing leadership and responsibility.

The Professional MBA is a perfect choice for those with 2 to 10+ years of professional work experience. The cohort-based approach will allow you to learn alongside like-minded peers and develop strong relationships and networks.

The core part of the program consists of 19 credits hours that are built around practical tools that enable critical business decisions, and our flagship elements of CEO Insights and the Thinking Big speaker series further enhance a unique experience.

Today's business world is at a critical nexus, and tomorrow's business leaders will face broader, more intense challenges. Increasingly, business leaders are interested in profit as well as doing what is right for society, culture and the planet. In this environment, managers must understand the difference between what is legal and what is right. At Boler, you will master critical mindsets that will enable you to lead inspired business. That's the Boler difference!

In our Professional MBA program, you will be offered opportunities to engage with companies and business leaders from northeast Ohio and beyond to expand your network and exposure to real-world, contemporary problem-solving.

You'll find that the combination of our supportive cohort approach, practical and cross-functional curriculum, and regular engagement with business, community, and national leadership make the Professional MBA an ideal choice for those with more than two years of professional workforce experience. 

Choose responsible leadership. Choose to live inspired. Choose Boler!

Professional MBA Highlights

  • AACSB Accreditation
  • Part-Time
  • Combination of on-campus & remote classes
  • 33 credit hours
  • GMAT or GRE (optional)


  • Cohort Model
  • Discussion-based
  • Faculty/Executive Teams
  • Leadership Sequence
  • Jesuit MBA network

Program Design
Business Complexity Meets Social Responsibility

The Boler Professional MBA emphasizes socially responsible leadership to solve complex business decisions. You will:

  • Bond with 20-30 like-minded professional peers.
  • Gain confidence as a senior manager with our Boler Leadership Sequence.
  • Connect with Cleveland’s emerging business innovators and entrepreneurs.
  • Enjoy live projects and team-taught core courses with deep involvement and mentoring from seasoned business executives.

Master the Boler MBA Mindsets for Inspired Business

  • Ethical Mindset: learn to distinguish between what’s legal and what’s right.
  • Systems Mindset: learn to see patterns in markets, customer behaviors, and supply chain irregularities.
  • Innovation Mindset: learn what makes entrepreneurs entrepreneurial.
  • Dynamic Mindset: learn to see the opportunity present in every market disruption and new set of data.

Why a Jesuit MBA?

Are you considering an MBA simply to boost salary or do you also want to pursue an inspired life? Backed by a 500-year-old Jesuit tradition, the Boler MBA program asks every student, regardless of faith, to gain a 360-degree view of people, markets, resources and embrace an “eyes wide open” encounter with the world. As a Boler graduate, you will connect business to human needs and opportunities. You will drive meaningful innovation and create just and sustainable value.

Program Learning Goals
  1. Our students will know the functional areas of the business disciplines.
  2. Our students will effectively communicate ideas and plans.
  3. Our students will be able to define a problem based on ambiguous information and identify a set of tasks necessary to develop an effective solution.
  4. Our students will identify the ethical and social responsibility dimensions of business problems.
  5. Our students will identify and develop resources (e.g., financial, human, distribution, technology, brand) to create an effective strategy for the future of an organization.


The Boler College of Business alumni network includes more than 700 corporate presidents and Chief Executive Officers.

Recent C-Level Visits

Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, MD former CEO
Cleveland Clinic
based in Cleveland Ohio

Cathy Bellante, CFO
global events technology provider, Eighth Day Sound Systems Inc.
based in Highland Heights, Ohio.

Mark T. Smucker, fifth-generation president and CEO
120-year-old food maker, J.M. Smucker Co.
based in Orrville, Ohio.

Robert M. Patterson chairman, president and CEO
PolyOne Corporation, the world’s premier provider of specialty polymer materials
based in Avon Lake, Ohio

Tricia Griffith, President and CEO
Progressive Insurance
based in Cleveland, Ohio

Richard J. Kramer, Chairman, President and CEO
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
based in Akron, Ohio

Michael N. Parks, Regional CEO
the American Red Cross of Northeast Ohio
based in Cleveland.

David Lingafelter, CEO
Moen Incorporated
based in Cleveland Ohio


Read an Alumni Success Story

Working in Boler Connects Graduate Assistant With Purpose

Ariana Carver was a driven professional searching for the right career path.  Between her graduate assistantship at John Carroll and internship experience at Eaton Corporation, she feels confident and prepared as she starts her career in human resources.

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We would like to speak with you directly about your interest in the Boler Professional MBA program. We invite you to contact us to discuss the program and whether it’s the best fit for your goals and current career/life situation.

Telephone: (216) 397-1970


Boler Professional MBA At A Glance

DELIVERY: Evenings (Monday - Thursday courses)

CREDITS: 33-credit hour program (45 if all Foundation Courses required)

Model: Cohort

TIME FRAME: Two-to-three years (summers included)

Testing: GMAT or GRE (optional)

Application deadlines: 
Fall: August 1
Spring: December  1
Assistantships: February 15
Summer: April 1


Scholarships: Graduate Boler Magis and Presidential Scholarships

Assistantships: Limited number (tuition waiver up to 15 credit hours per year and stipend) - February 15 Application Deadline                                     

Employer Reimbursement: Accepted

DEGREE CONFERRED: Master of Business Administration

Accreditation: Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Boler College of Business holds dual AACSB accreditation (school and accounting program), placing it among only 4 percent of top business schools worldwide.

Jesuit MBA network: JEBNET, the network of Jesuit MBA programs, linking 25 AACSB-accredited Jesuit colleges and universities by means of an articulation agreement. If you move or are transferred, you can rest assured that your credits will be accepted at one of our Jesuit network institutions.

Boler Professional MBA Curriculum

Our 33-credit hour program (45 if all Foundation Courses are required) is designed to be completed in two to three years. The course schedule for the Professional MBA program (excluding any business foundational courses) is as follows:



Course Name


ONE Fall Inspired Business Forum 0
  Fall Leadership Lab 3
  Fall Analytics-Driven Business Insights 2
  Fall CEO Insights 0
  Spring Managerial Accounting 3
  Spring Organizational and Team Leadership 1
  Spring Marketing Strategy 3
  Spring CEO Insights  
  Summer Elective Course 1 3
  Summer Ethics and Social Responsibility 3
TWO Fall Financial Strategy 3
  Fall Executive Communication 1
  Fall Implementation & Key Performance Assessment 3
  Fall CEO Insights 0
  Spring Strategy 3
  Spring Elective Course 2 3
  Spring Executive Leadership 1
  Spring CEO Insights 1

Students must complete two elective courses; one global elective is recommended. Students may create a concentration by choosing both electives in the same area.

Boler Professional MBA Admissions

Information about admissions into the Boler Professional MBA program may be found on the Boler website Professional MBA Admissions.

Boler College of Business is an essential source of talent, economic investment and ideas for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Alumni, faculty and corporate partners continue to renew that partnership in various industries like biomedicine, social innovation and manufacturing.

Professional MBA Advisory Committee & Boler Ambassadors

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