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Earn Your MBA While Working

Part-Time Flex MBA

100% Online, In Person or Hybrid

The St. Thomas Part-time Flex MBA Program is designed for working professionals looking for a highly flexible, personalized program. You’ll join a collaborative community that will challenge and empower you to grow as an ethical business leader, ready to make an impact.

What’s unique about our part-time program? Maximum flexibility.

  • Take courses in any format – 100% online, in-person, or a combination of both. Choose the format that works best for you.
  • Choose your own pace: Finish in as little as 2 years or take longer to learn at a pace that fits your life.
  • Customize your education: Design your own degree with electives and/or graduate certificates, building the MBA that matches your career goals
  • Gain practical experience: Our expert, dedicated faculty use a real-world approach to help you develop your creative problem-solving skills, giving you practical knowledge you can apply at work the next day.

MBA Customizations and Specialization

Our 45-credit program allows you to create a curriculum that fits your life. You’ll learn the foundations of business while having the option of tailoring your education beyond core with electives and graduate certificates.

Core Courses

22.5 credits

11 required courses in fundamentals of business: leadership, ethics, operations, finance, marketing, and other foundational business elements.

Elective Courses

22.5 credits

50+ elective options

50% of your MBA credits are electives so you can pursue the topics that suit your career path.

Graduate Certificates

Similar to a concentration, a graduate certificate allows you to specialize in a specific area while earning an additional credential.

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60%

60% of graduates received a promotion between the time they started the program and graduation day.

34%

34% is the average increase in salary for Part-time Flex MBA students between program start and completion.

#2

Best Part-time MBA in Minnesota

U.S. News & World Report, 2023

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Program Overview

  • Pace and Format
  • Applicable and Flexible Curriculum
  • Classroom Experience
  • Admissions Requirements
  • Networking & Career Support
  • Pace and Format

    You Control Your Pace

    • Flexible duration: Finish in 2 years or take up to 7 while you balance your professional and personal life
    • Average years to complete: 3 years
    • Courses scheduled across 4 terms (Fall, J-Term, Spring, and Summer)
    • Weeknight classes: typically, Monday-Thursday, 6 pm – 9 pm

    You Choose Your Format

    Having the flexibility to choose your preferred learning format as you go will help you earn your MBA in the way that works best for you.

    • 100% Online
    • In-person
    • Hybrid

    Applicable and Flexible Curriculum

    Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, our customizable curriculum reflects current and emerging topics to equip you with skills to apply in the real world. You can take core and elective courses in any sequence.

    Required Core Courses

    In 11 required core courses (half of your curriculum), you’ll study leadership, ethics, operations, finance, marketing, and other foundational business elements. These courses will give you a solid base for any direction your career takes you.

    Electives to Customize your MBA

    The other half of your curriculum is made up of elective courses – the classes you choose based on your interests and career goals. Electives such as Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship, Omnichannel Execution, Data Analytics & Visualization, and Project Management allow you to explore a variety of disciplines while broadening your understanding of the field of business.

    Optional Graduate Certificates

    Create a truly customized MBA by aligning your electives with a graduate certificate. You can earn your graduate certificate while pursuing your MBA, which allows you to not only to develop specialized expertise but also an additional credential.

    Part-time Flex MBA Curriculum

    Classroom Experience

    Small-sized Classes

    Most classes have 20-30 students, allowing you to have direct interaction with faculty and a more personalized learning experience. The Part-time Flex MBA is a supportive community that will help you grow academically and personally. Connecting before and after class is the norm, both for in-person and online courses.

    Collaborative Learning

    You’ll learn in a variety of ways. From class discussions, case studies and hands-on group projects, you’ll work with your classmates from different backgrounds and industries to share insights and new perspectives. You’ll benefit from each other’s expertise and build a strong support network during your program and beyond.

    Learning by Doing

    From group projects, case studies, pitching an idea at a business plan competition or managing an investment fund of over $6 million, you’ll learn to apply theory to real-world scenarios. You'll graduate with the ability to confidently manage a team and solve business problems for your organization.

    Admissions Requirements

    It’s OK if you don’t know Business

    Our Part-time Flex MBA students come from a wide variety of professions and the majority did not major in business for their undergraduate degree. We value diverse opinions and experiences in our MBA program.

    Some Work Experience is Ideal

    We are seeking candidates with at least 2 years of work experience. Prior experience allows you to connect the business concepts discussed in class with real-life scenarios you have been involved with professionally. You’ll also benefit from practical experiences of your classmates and participate in classroom discussions and case studies.

    Test options; GMAT/GRE, MBA Math or Exam Waiver

    We do require some proof that you will be able to follow the coursework, using one of these three options or by requesting an exam waiver:

    • GMAT standardized test; or
    • GRE standardized test; or
    • MBA Math, a self-paced, online preparatory course or
    • Request an exam waiver – schedule a 1:1 to see if you qualify

    Application items

    Via our Online Applicational portal, you will submit:

    • Current resume with at least two years of work experience
    • Answers to three essay questions
    • Official Transcript(s) from your undergraduate and other graduate degrees
    • Two Letters of Recommendation

    The Part-time Flex MBA welcomes new students at the start of Fall, Spring and Summer semester.

    Admissions Process, Requirements, and Tuition

    Networking & Career Support

    Academic Advisors

    Whether you are looking to advance in your current role or change direction, you’ll receive guidance and support from our academic advisors who are committed to helping you reach your goals. These dedicated advisors will partner with you to develop an individualized plan of study and guide every stage of your MBA journey.

    Career Development

    You’ll have access to tools and resources to support your career development, including career webinars, written best practices, and 1-on-1 advice from a career educator.

    Networking

    In addition to forging meaningful connections with your classmates and professors, you’ll join a powerful network of connections with Opus College alumni. 19,000+ talented and loyal graduates are ready to help you thrive and succeed in your career. From networking conversations to mentoring and career advice, once you’re an MBA student you become a part of the Tommie Network.

    Career and Networking Support

    Pace and Format

    You Control Your Pace

    • Flexible duration: Finish in 2 years or take up to 7 while you balance your professional and personal life
    • Average years to complete: 3 years
    • Courses scheduled across 4 terms (Fall, J-Term, Spring, and Summer)
    • Weeknight classes: typically, Monday-Thursday, 6 pm – 9 pm

    You Choose Your Format

    Having the flexibility to choose your preferred learning format as you go will help you earn your MBA in the way that works best for you.

    • 100% Online
    • In-person
    • Hybrid

    Applicable and Flexible Curriculum

    Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, our customizable curriculum reflects current and emerging topics to equip you with skills to apply in the real world. You can take core and elective courses in any sequence.

    Required Core Courses

    In 11 required core courses (half of your curriculum), you’ll study leadership, ethics, operations, finance, marketing, and other foundational business elements. These courses will give you a solid base for any direction your career takes you.

    Electives to Customize your MBA

    The other half of your curriculum is made up of elective courses – the classes you choose based on your interests and career goals. Electives such as Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship, Omnichannel Execution, Data Analytics & Visualization, and Project Management allow you to explore a variety of disciplines while broadening your understanding of the field of business.

    Optional Graduate Certificates

    Create a truly customized MBA by aligning your electives with a graduate certificate. You can earn your graduate certificate while pursuing your MBA, which allows you to not only to develop specialized expertise but also an additional credential.

    Part-time Flex MBA Curriculum

    Classroom Experience

    Small-sized Classes

    Most classes have 20-30 students, allowing you to have direct interaction with faculty and a more personalized learning experience. The Part-time Flex MBA is a supportive community that will help you grow academically and personally. Connecting before and after class is the norm, both for in-person and online courses.

    Collaborative Learning

    You’ll learn in a variety of ways. From class discussions, case studies and hands-on group projects, you’ll work with your classmates from different backgrounds and industries to share insights and new perspectives. You’ll benefit from each other’s expertise and build a strong support network during your program and beyond.

    Learning by Doing

    From group projects, case studies, pitching an idea at a business plan competition or managing an investment fund of over $6 million, you’ll learn to apply theory to real-world scenarios. You'll graduate with the ability to confidently manage a team and solve business problems for your organization.

    Admissions Requirements

    It’s OK if you don’t know Business

    Our Part-time Flex MBA students come from a wide variety of professions and the majority did not major in business for their undergraduate degree. We value diverse opinions and experiences in our MBA program.

    Some Work Experience is Ideal

    We are seeking candidates with at least 2 years of work experience. Prior experience allows you to connect the business concepts discussed in class with real-life scenarios you have been involved with professionally. You’ll also benefit from practical experiences of your classmates and participate in classroom discussions and case studies.

    Test options; GMAT/GRE, MBA Math or Exam Waiver

    We do require some proof that you will be able to follow the coursework, using one of these three options or by requesting an exam waiver:

    • GMAT standardized test; or
    • GRE standardized test; or
    • MBA Math, a self-paced, online preparatory course or
    • Request an exam waiver – schedule a 1:1 to see if you qualify

    Application items

    Via our Online Applicational portal, you will submit:

    • Current resume with at least two years of work experience
    • Answers to three essay questions
    • Official Transcript(s) from your undergraduate and other graduate degrees
    • Two Letters of Recommendation

    The Part-time Flex MBA welcomes new students at the start of Fall, Spring and Summer semester.

    Admissions Process, Requirements, and Tuition

    Networking & Career Support

    Academic Advisors

    Whether you are looking to advance in your current role or change direction, you’ll receive guidance and support from our academic advisors who are committed to helping you reach your goals. These dedicated advisors will partner with you to develop an individualized plan of study and guide every stage of your MBA journey.

    Career Development

    You’ll have access to tools and resources to support your career development, including career webinars, written best practices, and 1-on-1 advice from a career educator.

    Networking

    In addition to forging meaningful connections with your classmates and professors, you’ll join a powerful network of connections with Opus College alumni. 19,000+ talented and loyal graduates are ready to help you thrive and succeed in your career. From networking conversations to mentoring and career advice, once you’re an MBA student you become a part of the Tommie Network.

    Career and Networking Support

    How Long Will It Take?

    Use these sample degree plans to get an idea of the pace that works best for you. Click here to find the Academic Calendar.

    Year 1: 15 Credits

    Fall term
    Leading Self & Others
    Statistical Methods for Decision-Making

    J-term
    Elective

    Spring term
    Competitive Strategy
    Business Ethics

    Summer term
    Financial Accounting

    Year 2: 15 Credits

    Fall term
    Marketing Frameworks
    Managerial Economics
    Entrepreneurial Thinking

    J-term
    Global Elective or Study Abroad Program

    Spring term
    Operations Strategy
    Elective

    Summer term
    Elective

    Year 3: 15 Credits

    Fall term
    Financial Management
    Elective
    Elective

    J-term
    Elective

    Spring term
    Legal Strategy
    Elective

    Year 1: 15 Credits

    Fall term
    Leading Self & Others
    Statistical Methods for Decision-Making

    J-term
    Elective

    Spring term
    Competitive Strategy
    Business Ethics

    Summer term
    Financial Accounting

    Year 2: 15 Credits

    Fall term
    Marketing Frameworks
    Managerial Economics
    Entrepreneurial Thinking

    J-term
    Global Elective or Study Abroad Program

    Spring term
    Operations Strategy
    Elective

    Summer term
    Elective

    Year 3: 15 Credits

    Fall term
    Financial Management
    Elective
    Elective

    J-term
    Elective

    Spring term
    Legal Strategy
    Elective

    Year 1: 22.5 Credits

    Fall term
    Leading Self & Others
    Statistical Methods for Decision-Making
    Marketing Frameworks

    J-term
    Elective

    Spring term
    Competitive Strategy
    Business Ethics
    Financial Accounting

    Summer term
    Managerial Economics
    Operations Strategy
    Elective

    Year 2: 22.5 Credits

    Fall term
    Financial Management
    Elective
    Elective

    J-term
    Global Elective or Study Abroad Program

    Spring term
    Entrepreneurial Thinking
    Legal Strategy
    Elective

    Summer term
    Elective
    Elective

    Year 1: 22.5 Credits

    Fall term
    Leading Self & Others
    Statistical Methods for Decision-Making
    Marketing Frameworks

    J-term
    Elective

    Spring term
    Competitive Strategy
    Business Ethics
    Financial Accounting

    Summer term
    Managerial Economics
    Operations Strategy
    Elective

    Year 2: 22.5 Credits

    Fall term
    Financial Management
    Elective
    Elective

    J-term
    Global Elective or Study Abroad Program

    Spring term
    Entrepreneurial Thinking
    Legal Strategy
    Elective

    Summer term
    Elective
    Elective

    Year 1: 12 Credits

    Fall term
    Leading Self & Others
    Statistical Methods for Decision-Making

    Spring term
    Competitive Strategy
    Business Ethics
    Financial Accounting

    Year 2: 12 Credits

    Fall term
    Marketing Frameworks
    Managerial Economics
    Elective

    Spring term
    Financial Management
    Elective
    Elective

    Year 3: 12 Credits

    Fall term
    Entrepreneurial Thinking
    Operations Strategy
    Elective

    Spring term
    Legal Strategy
    Global Elective/Study Abroad
    Elective

    Year 4: 9 Credits

    Fall term
    Elective
    Elective

    Spring term
    Elective
    Elective

    Year 1: 12 Credits

    Fall term
    Leading Self & Others
    Statistical Methods for Decision-Making

    Spring term
    Competitive Strategy
    Business Ethics
    Financial Accounting

    Year 2: 12 Credits

    Fall term
    Marketing Frameworks
    Managerial Economics
    Elective

    Spring term
    Financial Management
    Elective
    Elective

    Year 3: 12 Credits

    Fall term
    Entrepreneurial Thinking
    Operations Strategy
    Elective

    Spring term
    Legal Strategy
    Global Elective/Study Abroad
    Elective

    Year 4: 9 Credits

    Fall term
    Elective
    Elective

    Spring term
    Elective
    Elective

    St. Thomas MBA Experience

    Hands-On Learning

    Experiential learning is an integral part of the St. Thomas MBA experience. Real-world case studies and consulting projects will allow you to practice the application of theory and apply your new knowledge to real-world scenarios.

    Prof + Prof

    Professor + Professional (Prof + Prof) is an innovative course delivery model that pairs a professor with an experienced business professional, so you learn how to apply classroom concepts to real-world challenges.

    Prof + Prof

    Global Experience

    Enrich your educational experience and gain global perspectives in a faculty-led study abroad program. Through company visits, meetings with local organizations and cultural activities, you’ll develop skills needed to succeed in a global economy.

    Exceptional Faculty

    Known for creating an engaging community of learning, our faculty are thought leaders, researchers and mentors. Because many of them have industry experience, they know how to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

    Lisa Abendroth

    Lisa Abendroth, PhD

    Associate Professor, Marketing

    Dr. Abendroth teaches Modern Business Mindset, Emerging Technology in Business, international marketing courses and often leads study abroad classes to emerging markets.

    Lisa Abendroth Bio
    Kyle Goldschmidt

    Kyle Goldschmidt, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Operations and Supply Management

    Dr. Goldschmidt teaches courses in decision sciences, operations management and quality management. His innovative teaching practices have been featured in the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education.

    Kyle Goldschmidt Bio
    Mary Slack

    Mary Slack, EdD

    Clinical Faculty, Management

    Dr. Slack creates learning opportunities that allow students to challenge themselves to make projects applicable to their professional or personal life. Her leadership and project management classes give students practical tools to apply in their jobs.

    Mary Slack Bio

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