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Olin Business School – Washington University in St. Louis - Professional MBA

Washington Olin Professional MBA Program Structure

The Washington Olin Professional MBA, also known as the WashU PMBA, can be taken in either a weekend or evening format. Core courses in the Evening PMBA takes 42 weeks to complete, which is slightly longer than the 37-weeks needed in the Weekend PMBA. However, Evening PMBA students begin the program in August, alongside most WashU MBA programs, while Weekend PMBA students begin in January.

Core classes for the Evening PMBA are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15-9:15 p.m., while Weekend PMBA core classes are more condensed, taking place only on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. However, the structure of the program is more flexible once the 24 credits worth of core classes are completed. After which, students can complete electives in either format of their choice. A total of 54 credits is required to complete the program, which can be completed in less than three years.


The program’s fundamental core courses are usually completed within the first four semesters of the program, including the summer, in common business fields such as marketing, accounting, finance, and strategy. Core classes are completed with the incoming cohort. However, individual students are paired into groups of four-to-five to help better compliment select students career interests.

A lengthy, flexible list of elective options are available to all PMBA students after the completion of the requisite core courses, which can be found here. Once students are in the elective portion of the program, the schedule becomes more flexible. Electives are offered Monday through Thursday nights, as well as Saturday mornings and afternoons. Students can also condense classes on the weekends (when core Weekend PMBA classes are not in session) or in-between semesters.

Part-Time MBA Rankings

• U.S. News & World Report: 17 (tie)

Class Profile

There are 89 Olin Professional MBA students that are, on average, 31-years old. They have around 6.5 years of work experience, a 3.27 undergraduate GPA, and an average GMAT of 602. Women make up about 33 percent of the class.

Career Statistics

PMBA graduates typically see a 41 percent increase in salary after completing the program, with 32 percent earning promotions. The school reports that 40 percent of graduates, five years after earning the PMBA degree, move into executive or C-Suite level positions.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Tuition for the Washington Olin Professional MBA program is $1,740 per credit hour. With a total of 54 required credits, the total comes to $93,960.

Unlike the school’s full-time MBA option, Washington Olin does not offer scholarships for PMBA students. However, private scholarship opportunities are still available through programs like the Fulbright Student Program and the Aga Khan Foundation.

U.S. applicants can help finance their education through Federal direct unsubsidized loans and graduates plus loans, as well as private loans. Eligibility requirements vary from student to student.


In order to apply to the Washington Olin full-time MBA program, applicants must submit:

• A completed online application
• Official transcripts
• A one-page résumé
• One essay question and an optional second essay
• A career plan (250 word limit)
• One letter of recommendation
• GMAT/GRE Scores
• TOEFL or IELTS scores (if necessary for non-native English speaking applicants)

Interviews may be conducted on an invite-only basis. There is no fee for applying to the program.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Spring 2022 – Application deadlines Due by Notification on or before
Round 1 October 12, 2021 November 10, 2021
Round 2 November 16, 2021 December 8, 2021
Round 3 December 4, 2021 January 5, 2022
Round 4 January 6, 2022 January 12, 2022
Fall 2022 – Application deadlines Due by Notification on or before
Round 1 November 16, 2021 December 8, 2021
Round 2 January 12, 2022 February 2, 2022
Round 3 March 16, 2022 April 6, 2022
Round 4 May 18, 2022 June 1, 2022
Round 5 June 15, 2022 July 6, 2022
Round 6 July 14, 2022 August 3, 2022

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