Washburn MBA Program

Today's business world is highly competitive. Move ahead of the field by earning an MBA through Washburn University in only 12 months! Our program develops leaders with excellent business skills and expanded career opportunities. Our MBA courses are taught by professors with real-world business experience and professional connections within their field. The program is accredited by AACSB, a designation shared by only the top five percent of business schools worldwide. Attend classes either on campus or virtually – from anywhere. Choose between a part-time schedule or attend full-time and complete your degree in one year for, in most cases, less than $20,000. It's a short-term investment that pays a lifetime of benefits.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $65,000on campusonlinehybrid
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Master of Business Administration

Washburn's MBA program is designed for the working professional and can be tailored to fit your needs. Students, who prefer a traditional experience, may attend classes on campus. Or, if virtual learning is a better option for you, join the live classroom through Zoom while remaining at home or anywhere else you choose. Students can pursue a fast-track option and complete the degree in just 12 months or move at a slower pace and attend part-time. Each course is scheduled one time a week from 5:30 until 8:15 p.m. It is up to you!

While delivery and schedule may differ for each student, the program's high quality remains the same. At graduation, 87 percent of Washburn MBA graduates have either secured a job or continued to higher-level education.

  • Quality of Program: Accreditation by AACSB, a distinction bestowed upon only the top 5% of business schools nationwide
  • Quality of Faculty: Highly-qualified, experienced faculty provide valuable tools to compete in a real-world business environment. Meet the faculty.
  • Quality of Connections: Students can interact in the classroom with other professionals from top companies in the area.
  • Quality of Students: In the last five years, Washburn MBA students have consistently scored at or above the 80th percentile on the national standardized Major Field Test for the MBA degree.
  • Quality You Can Afford: Most students can complete this degree for less than $20,000. Contact MBA Director Danny Funk to learn more about the value of a Washburn MBA.


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  • What makes a good MBA candidate? Learn about our admissions process and get started today! Graduate entrance exams such as the GRE or GMAT are not required.
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    Early Admission: 3+2 Program

    • The Washburn MBA program offers qualified undergraduate Business students an early MBA program admission and completion option. 3+2 MBA students are permitted to take graduate-level MBA courses while completing the final undergraduate BBA requirements during their senior year.
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    • Learn about the admission requirements for international students. A bachelor's degree and high level of language proficiency are among those requirements.
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    • Washburn's MBA program offers a dual degree program with Washburn University School of Law. Students are able to reduce their total credit hours by 12 compared to completing both programs separately.
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    International Connections

    With the International Business and Entrepreneurial Experience, the world is your classroom. The course offers a unique international offering that combines a hands-on business education with a multi-cultural study abroad experience.  Washburn students work in teams with students in Asia, South America and Europe to solve business problems for companies in the U.S. and overseas.

    The Washburn MBA partners with the entrepreneurial MBA program at ASEBUSS University in Romania. This experience provides students with a unique learning opportunity as students from both universities collaborate on a project in the MBA Capstone course.


    The admission decision is evaluated holistically and takes into consideration a candidate's undergraduate career, statement of interest in obtaining the Washburn MBA and recommendation letters. Application priority deadlines are as follows:
    U.S. students:
    • Summer semester - May 1
    • Fall semester - July 31
    • Spring semester - December 1
    International students:
    • Summer semester - April 1
    • Fall semester - June 15
    • Spring semester - November 15

    Before the start of the fall semester, all students admitted for the previous spring or summer and current fall semesters are required to attend the MBA Program Orientation.  

    During orientation you will:

    • Learn what is expected of you and what you can expect of the faculty
    • Interact with other MBA students and faculty members by participating in a set of specially designed exercises
    • Learn the importance of the academic portfolio and how it will be used to assess your performance
    • Understand how the academic portfolio relates to the closure experience
    • Begin building your portfolio by completing the first entry, your written expectations of the MBA program
    • Understand how Washburn School of Business uses the MBA Major Field Test to assess the effectiveness of the program
    • Discover the advantages of participating in the MBA student organization – Washburn MBA Association (WMBAA)

    Washburn MBA curriculum will enhance your skill in the areas of communication, quantitative analysis, computer technology and teamwork along with accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing, legal and ethical issues and production and operations in the context of domestic and global environments of business.

    If you do not have a business degree:

    • Our objective is to be sure that your experience in the Washburn MBA program will be a success. Based on each applicant's skill set and background, we will work with you to determine the most efficient path to graduation.
    • The 30-hour Washburn MBA experience, plus select foundational courses that may or may not be needed, will complete your degree requirements. 

    If you have a bachelor’s degree in a business field:

    • Your degree will be recognized as proof of competency in quantitative methods and the core areas of business.
    • You will be required to take 30 semester hours of upper-level required and elective MBA coursework.

    All Students

    If you’re planning to take classes before applying to the MBA program, work with an MBA advisor to make sure those courses will satisfy requirements. An advisor works with all students to determine what foundational course work will be necessary.

    Required Upper-Level Courses

    EC 652 Managerial Economics
    AC 654 Management Accounting Analysis
    BU 655 Financial Strategies
    BU 656 Strategic Information Systems
    BU 657 Strategic Marketing Management
    BU 658 Managerial Skills and Professional Experience
    BU 659 Strategic Analysis
    Elective in Global Business1 (BU 674 or BU 678) 

    Upper-Level Elective Courses (choose two)

    BU 616 Commercial Transactions
    BU 630 Entrepreneurship and Creativity
    BU 653 Product Systems
    1BU 674 International Business
    1BU 678 International Marketing
    BU 679 Investments
    BU 683 Venture Creation
    BU 685 Business Intelligence Systems
    BU 696 Research Project in Business
    BU 698 Special Topics in Business 
    AC 630 Advanced Accounting Information Solutions

    More MBA Course Details

    The Washburn MBA closure experience takes place in the capstone course, BU 659 Strategic Analysis.  The course focuses on strategic decision making within a simulated business environment.  Students are required to produce both written and oral presentations utilizing the content of their prior MBA course work to explain the strategic decisions made throughout the simulation.  

    Major Field Test for Master of Business Administration (MFT-MBA)

    The MFT-MBA exam is a standardized exam taken by over 300 schools that offer the MBA degree.  The exam is used to provide information to both the MBA faculty and students on their level of academic achievement relative to the other MBA degree granting schools that participate in the MFT-MBA exam.

    Reflective Essay

    The reflective essay is a response to a series of questions in which you’ll be asked to evaluate and explain how well you achieved each of the MBA program’s goals. All students are asked to complete the essay during finals week of the graduating semester.

    Use of Reflective Essays

    The MBA Director will aggregate the reflective essays and report these results to the MBA faculty.  The director and faculty use these results to assess the effectiveness of the MBA curriculum.

    WMBAA exists to improve the Washburn University experience by adding value to the education of MBA students through extracurricular community, corporate, organizational and student activities. This organization was formed to promote an association between faculty members and MBA students, to develop relationships shared by professionals in the business world and MBA students, and to enhance social interactions among faculty, alumni, and MBA students.

    Current Officers

    • President: Alex Salomon
    • Vice President: Bradley Crenshaw
    • Treasurer: Ryan Broxterman

    To receive updates about WMBAA events, tips, job opportunities and more, Like us on Facebook and join our LinkedIn group.

    By the Numbers

    CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
    Employment opportunities for management professionals are expected to grow by 5% from 2019-2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This rate is greater than the average for all occupations.

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    Nationwide Average


    (BLS: U.S. Mgt. Positions)

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    (of all business schools)

    How to Apply

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants can expect an admissions decision to be made within ten business days. Requirements include a bachelor's degree, official transcripts and two letters of reference. For more information about the program, contact Danny Funk, MBA Director, at 785.670.2047 or mba@washburn.edu.

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