Professional MBA Flex
FIU Business graduates first Downtown Professional MBA Flex class
August, 2013 marked the first graduating class of the Professional MBA Flex program of Florida International University’s (FIU) College of Business.
Thirty-three students were in this hallmark class for summer commencement; 12 additional students in the same cohort are completing their final courses for the degree.
FIU Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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A crowd of more than 145 students, faculty, alumni and representatives of the business community convened at Florida International University (FIU) on October 27, 2011 to hear Bernardo Hees, chief executive officer, Burger King Corporation, talk about leadership
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Professional MBA Flex Program
Chart your own path for business success
The Professional MBA Flex provides an MBA program that suits your busy schedule, and lets you balance the demands of work, family and school. Through an innovative “blended-learning” format that alternates online and in-person classes, students meet in a classroom setting just once a week. It’s the ideal program that combines the flexibility you need with reputation that only an FIU MBA can provide.
Taught at FIU Downtown on Brickell, a new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Miami’s financial district.
The Professional MBA Flex also gives you the option of a specialization in:
- Human Resource Management
- International Business
- Leadership & Entrepreneurship
- Management Information Systems
- Real Estate
Classes will be offered in a "blended-learning" format, where half of each course is taught face-to-face in a classroom setting, and half is taught online, allowing for an engaging learning experience, applying theory to practice with peers.
As a student in the Professional MBA program, you’ll attend one of the top MBA schools in Florida and in the U.S., and enjoy a unique learning environment that enables you to:
- Starts each August and January
- In-person class sessions and online format
- Once per week, evening-only classes at our Downtown campus on Brickell, in the heart of Miami’s financial district
- Learn in the company of other upwardly mobile professionals
- Have access to our popular Career Services to assist you in growing your soft skills and securing new career opportunities
- Acquire critical skills in communication, teambuilding, and professional skills that will distinguish you as a serious professional
- Receive a high level of personal service, including course registration, course materials, light meals and parking.
- Completion time is approximately 24 months
Q. What are the minimum requirements to apply?
The minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for admission to the MBA program are as follows:
- Completion of an undergraduate program in an accredited U.S. college or its equivalent in another country
- Submission of the FIU Graduate Admissions application
- Satisfied all listed application requirements as outlined on the respective program website:
Q. What is considered professional experience?
A. Professional experience is determined on a case-by-case basis using a resume, and any requested supporting documents. Our admissions committee evaluates an individual’s accomplishments, roles, and responsibilities to determine the total number of years of professional experience. We consider the individual's position responsibilities, managerial roles if applicable, core competencies exercised and longevity in each position. For our purposes, professional experience generally begins at the point of graduation.
Q. Do I meet the professional experience criteria?
A. In order to know which program best suits your needs, we need to view a copy of your professional resume to determine your level of professional experience. Please send us your resume at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an evaluation. Please keep in mind that admission into the program is on competitive basis, and meeting the minimum criteria does not guarantee admission.
Q. I have professional experience in another country, does this count?
A. Yes. We will need to view your resume to determine if the nature of the experience is professional, but we certainly count professional experience obtained in another country or state.
Q. Do I have to take the GMAT/GRE?
A. The GMAT or GRE is not required if you are able to demonstrate 4 years of professional full-time work experience. If you have less than four years of professional work experience, a GMAT or GRE is required.
Q. Which exam is better? Should I take the GMAT or the GRE?
A. We do not treat the exams differently, and applicants may elect to take either exam. You may visit MBA.com for more information on the GMAT, including sample questions and information on test registration. You may visit GRE.com for more information on the GRE as well as test registration information.
Q. Are there any resources at FIU Business to assist me in preparing for the GMAT or GRE?
A. The Chapman Graduate School of Business offers special GMAT or GRE preparation courses throughout the year.
Q. Who should recommendations come from?
A. The Admissions Committee requires that of the two recommendations, at least one comes from a professional reference. The second letter may be from a professional or academic reference. The most useful recommendations are those from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional and/or academic achievements and potential.
Q. What is the process for recommenders?
A. Candidates may either submit electronic recommendations or formal letters.
To use the online form, the candidate will enter recommenders' names and email addresses into their online application. Recommenders then receive an email with a link to their recommendation. The recommendations are submitted separately from the candidates' application and will automatically be included in the application upon submission.
Q. What is the recommended format for the recommendation letter? Should it be in letterhead?
A. For the recommendation letters, we require the recommender’s company logo, signature, contact and information. We reserve the right to contact recommenders. Letters may be directed to us at:
The Professional MBA
Florida International University
1101 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Q. Does the program require a writing sample or only an essay/personal statement? What do I write about?
A. The Professional MBA programs require an essay/personal statement, but we do not require a supplemental writing sample. The applicant may write about the importance of pursuing an MBA at FIU, and how their past experiences have prepared them to succeed in the MBA classroom.
Q. Is the $46,000/50,000(out of state) cost for the entire program?
A. The cost of the program for 42 credits is $46,000 for in-state residents and $50,000 for out-of-state residents. Students who opt to pursue a concentration or a second specialization need to complete six additional credits (48 credits total). The cost of tuition for the two additional courses are approximately $6,571.42 for in-state residents and $7,142.84 for out-of-state residents. This cost includes books, materials, parking, professional development seminars, and a financial calculator. International students will be required to complete a concentration in order to meet the minimum credit requirement for an F-1 visa.
Q. What happens if my GPA is below 3.0? Can I still apply?
A. We require a minimum 3.0 GPA, however if the applicant does not meet this criteria he or she can still apply. University Graduate School provisions for a limited number of admissions for individuals who do not meet specified criteria. The Admissions Committee will evaluate the candidate files holistically reviewing all documents submitted (resume, working experience, letters of recommendation etc.) Admission under this provision on a competitive basis and admission into the program for the selected term cannot be guaranteed. The Admissions Committee takes into account a myriad of factors, including work experience and professional responsibilities, writing ability, strength of recommendations, undergraduate performance, exam scores and performance in any graduate-level courses.
Q. What is the next step after applying to the program? Where do I send my resume?
A. Once you have applied to Professional MBA Program, please send supporting materials such as your resume and statement of purpose to the respective program email as outlined below. Please include your Panther ID and date of application in your email.
Q. Can I waive the TOEFL/IELTS?
A. International students may waive the TOEFL exam only if they have earned a high school diploma, undergraduate or master's degree in a TOEFL-exempt country. Visit the UGS website to view TOEFL-exempt countries.
Q. Is an applicant at a disadvantage without previous course work in business?
A. No. Many students in our program have not had business courses prior to entering the program. Generally, 50% of our class is made up of students with liberal arts backgrounds. The program does require strong quantitative skills, but is designed to be accessible with study and dedication.
Q. What are the first steps in the financial aid application process?
A. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to apply for federal student loans. To expedite the processing of federal loan applications, we recommend that you complete the FAFSA as early as possible. Please visit the U.S. Department of Education homepage for more information on the FAFSA, or write to:
FAFSA Information Center
P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044
Q. What types of financial aid are available from FIU?
A. Financial aid for MBA students is primarily in the form of loans, either from government programs, or through an alternative loan source. To receive financial assistance you must be fully admitted to an FIU degree program or be enrolled in a qualified certificate program. We do offer limited program based scholarships of $5,000. To apply for our scholarships click on the Scholarship application link under your respective Professional MBA Program.
Q. What financial resources are available outside of FIU?
A. Opportunities for funding do exist outside FIU. Potential students should begin researching other sources of financial aid as early as possible.
Q. Will the program provide feedback for students who have not been accepted?
A. Due to the large number of applications we receive each year, we cannot accommodate requests for personalized feedback on your application. Also, please understand that the decision of the Admissions Board is final, and we cannot advise you on whether or not you should reapply in the future. Please contact the Recruiting office for any questions regarding your application.
Students complete twelve (12) core classes in progressive sequence. Each class builds and prepares students for the next set of courses. To complete the required 42 credits, The Professional MBA Flex now allows students to select a specialization and tailor their MBA experience by choosing two (2) classes from one of the following disciplines: Marketing, International Business, Finance, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, Real Estate and others. In addition, students can augment their specialty, by choosing an extra two (2) classes for a total of four (4) electives to complete a concentration.
Students enrolling in the Professional MBA Flex program will be required to take prerequisite online courses for the following Quarter 1 classes. The Pre-requisite courses are an instrumental part of the program and do not fall outside of student tuition requirements. Online access will be granted once students confirm their admission.
QMB6357C – Business Analysis & Decision Making
- HBP – Quantitative Methods Online Course
- HBP – Spreadsheet Modeling Online Course
In addition to participating in the mandatory Professional Development Seminars, students will also be required to attend Accounting Bootcamps prior to the first day of classes. The bootcamps will introduce basic accounting concepts, and will serve as good refresher courses.
Accounting for Managers
Business Analysis and Decision Making
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Legal Environment of Business
Organization Information Systems
Professional Development Seminars
Click here to view course descriptions for the program curriculum.
Two elective courses are required. They can be taken from any of the Chapman School academic disciplines. For a concentration, four elective courses are required.
Click here to view the Student Learning and Program Outcomes.
To be eligible for admission to the Professional MBA Flex Program, prospective students must:
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and be in good standing with all previously attended colleges and universities
- Have four years of demonstrated professional work experience OR two years of demonstrated professional work experience AND
- A minimum score of 500 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or 1000 a combination of verbal and quantitative on the GRE score.
- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- If applicant is an international student whose native language is other than English, he/she also must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or an equivalent score on a comparable examination
The program admits students every fall and spring. Applications and supporting documents should be sent as early as possible to allow enough time for processing. We will evaluate applications on a rolling basis.
For fall consideration:
March 1 – notified by March 31
June 1 – notified by June 30
After June 1 – on a space available basis
For spring consideration:
June 1 – notified by July 2
Sept 1 - notified by September 30
October 1- notified by October 31
after October 1- on a space available basis
To be considered, you must submit an online application, have submitted all supporting documents and appropriate test scores, and have attended an information session by that date. After June 1, applications will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications submitted between the first and second round will be reviewed on a rolling basis -- we will continue to evaluate completed files as they are submitted, and return admissions decisions as available. Admissions decisions are awarded on a competitive basis, and meeting minimum criteria is not a guarantee of admission.
To apply for the program:
- Please click here to initiate your graduate application. Select on “Create a new user Account”
- Enter the program name FLEX:MBA in the text box for Academic Plan (Major) in the online admission form.
- There is a non refundable application fee of US$30.00.
Only those applicants who have submitted complete application packets will be considered. Meeting the minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admissions. Students do not need to wait until they have all of the materials together to apply. Submit your online application now and the rest of the materials as you complete them.
- Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges and/or universities. Transcripts must be sent directly to:
FIU – Professional MBA Flex Program
Florida International University
1101 Brickell Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
If the official transcripts are not in English, a second copy of the transcript must be evaluated by an official translation agency and sent to our mailing address above. Visit the University Graduate School’s website for more information.
Official proof of degree: A notarized copy of the original diploma is required if the degree is not posted on the official transcript
- Current Resume: detailing your chronological professional experience, and dates of earned degrees.
- Statement of Purpose: A document of no more than two pages outlining your objectives for pursuing this graduate degree program
- Two Recommendation Letters from employers, faculty or professional associates
- Employment verification letters must be sent if applicant is claiming four or more years of professional experience.
- Official GMAT must be sent by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) if applicant has less than four years of professional experience. FIU’s University code is 5206
- Official TOEFL scores should be sent to directly to us by the Educational Testing Service, (ETS). FIU’s University code is 5206.
- Applicants must attend an MBA information session prior to Admissions consideration.
- Please submit citizenship and immigration document to our offices as outlined below:
Type of Citizenship/Residency Status
Native-born U.S. Citizen
No residency documents required
Naturalized U.S. Citizen
Copy of passport
Lawful Permanent U.S. Resident
Copy of permanent resident card
Resident or Citizen of any other Country
Please see our international students section below, and the International Student Services office (ISSS)
- Prospective students claiming Florida residency for the purposes of tuition must complete the Initial Residency Classification Form and submit appropriate supporting documents prior to an admissions decision. If you have not submitted valid and complete documentation prior to admission, you will be classified as out-of-state during the admissions process.
Prospective students claiming residency must submit two (2) forms of evidence to substantiate the Initial Residency Classification Form. Each form must not be expired, and must demonstrate one full year of Florida residency prior to the beginning of your intended first term. Accepted documents include:
- Driver’s license (or DMV report if license has been renewed)
- Voter’s registration card
- Motor vehicle registration (If renewed, submit current and previous registrations)
- Letter of full-time Employment in Florida with W2s
- Declaration of domicile in Florida (Issue date is the date filed in the State of Florida)
- Mortgage, warranty deed, or homestead exemption
- Lease for an apartment or house
- Florida occupational or professional License
- Membership in a Florida organization
- State, federal, or court documents evidencing legal ties to Florida
- Benefit histories from Florida agencies or public assistance programs
If you do not have two of the listed items, please visit Enrollment Services’ website to find alternate forms of accepted evidence. For more information of establishing Florida residency for tuition purposes, follow this link.
Modesto Maidique Campus
Office of Graduate Admissions
Location: PC 231
In addition to the 42 required program credits, international students (on a visa) must pursue a program concentration to satisfy visa enrollment requirements. The concentration requires six additional credits, for a total of 48 credits in total. The cost of tuition for the two additional courses are approximately $7,142.84 for out-of-state residents.
Please familiarize yourself with the requirements of the University Graduate School and the Office of International Students and Scholar Services. You are responsible for compliance with any and all University requirements. For more information on studying in the United States as an International or Foreign student, please visit the State Department website.
Your academic records must be sent directly to us by your previous educational institution(s). Required academic records include:
- Transcripts: Yearly or semester records that indicate the number of lecture and/or laboratory hours and the grade or mark received in each course.
- Diplomas: for all degrees you have received, with the title of degree and date conferred.
If the language of instruction at your institution was not English, then you must provide the original-language copies of all transcripts and diplomas as described above AND:
- A separate English-language translation of all academic records. The translation should either come from a professional, certified translator. It must contain all information shown on the original-language documents and “mirror” them as precisely as possible.
Please note that FIU accepts transcript and diploma translations only, and all evaluations of official academic records are to be performed by FIU staff only. Some suggested agencies are found on the University Graduate School website.
Demonstration of English Proficiency
The TOEFL or IELTS is required of all applicants whose native language is not English – a University list of exemptions is available here. These tests are given worldwide. There is a fee for the examination. The minimum scores for all accepted exams are as follows:
- IELTS: 6.5
- TOEFL (Institution code: 5206):
- Paper-based: 550
- Computer-based: 213
- Internet-based(iBT): 80
Applicants who hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution within the United States or other English-speaking countries do not need to take an exam to demonstrate proficiency.
Declaration and Certification of Finances & Required Documentation
International applications who require an F-1 Visa will be required to submit the following documents to complete their application package:
- Bank Letter
- Sponsor Letter (Waived if applicant is sponsoring self)
- DCF form
- F1 Transfer Form (If needed)
The Declaration and Certification of Finances must be completed and returned to Graduate Admissions. Students with Internet access can complete the DCF form online. Once completed please print it and return it.
A Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Students (Form I-20) will be issued once the applicant has been found admissible to the University and the Declaration and Certification of Finances has been approved. The University is required by immigration authorities to check carefully the financial resources of each applicant prior to issuing the Form I-20. Therefore, it is important that you be aware of the cost of participating in the program and have the necessary support and funding for your period of enrollment. The total funds available for the entire program must equal the total estimate of institutional costs and living expenses for the duration of the program (Estimate of $72,233 for the 2013-2014 academic year). Please make sure that you provide us with sufficient proof of funds for at least this amount.
International students must have an I-20 in order to secure F-1 status and participate in the program. Students must secure an F-1 Visa from the U.S. consular in their home country in order to enter the U.S.
Proof of Medical Insurance
By Board of Trustees and university rule, all international students at FIU in F-1 and J-1 status are required to have medical insurance prior to registration. Proof must be submitted to the Health Compliance Office at University Health Services. Students will NOT be allowed to register for classes without complying with the medical insurance requirement, and will receive a hold on their registration.
The medical insurance requirement can be met in one of two ways:
- By purchasing the University-approved policy
- By submitting an International Student Health Insurance Compliance Form completed by your current insurance company and approved by UHS
The cost of this insurance is not covered by the program’s tuition and fees. For information on program coverage and alternate compliance, please visit the University Health Services Medical Insurance Policy for International Students page.
F-1 students transferring from another institution in the United States must provide a copy of the F-1 Student Transfer Form with a suitable release date from his/her current institution.
Fees & Financing
Tuition for the Professional MBA Flex program is tentatively $46,000 for Florida residents and $50,000 for non-residents.
Students pay for courses at the beginning of each semester. All fees are subject to change. A $500 nonrefundable professional development seminar fee is due upon acceptance into the program. The remaining balance is payable on a semester basis. Payments are due the first class day of each semester. Those who leave the program receive no refunds.
Professional MBA Flex tuition covers:
- all books and materials
- university fees
- parking pass at the Brickell facility
- meals on class days
- professional development seminars
- special events
Because state law prohibits the university from extending credit, fee payment cannot be delayed beyond the start of classes or financed by the Professional MBA Flex program or the university. An exception to the advance payment policy will be made only for those who have been awarded financial aid by the university (scholarship, fellowship, loan) and granted a deferment. To find information on scholarships and aid, please visit our financial aid page.
If you expect to receive aid from other sources, for all or part of the program, but will not receive aid in time to meet the advance payment deadline, you should arrange for financing through a bank or other financial institution to ensure that your program fees are paid on a timely basis.
All fees are subject to change.
GENERAL APPLICATION PROCEDURES
To receive financial assistance you must be fully admitted to an FIU degree program or be enrolled in a qualified certificate program.
To receive need-based assistance you must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Completing the FAFSA correctly and submitting any requested document(s) by the annual priority deadline date, March 1st, increases your potential to receive the maximum financial aid for which you are eligible.
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The financial assistance offered through the University requires USA citizenship or permanent USA residency to qualify for any federal or state aid. Need-based federal and state assistance is not available to international or ineligible non-citizens.
Recipients of federal loans must meet the following criteria:
- Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application for each academic year
- Demonstrate financial need;
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
- Be registered with Selective Service, if required;
- Admitted to a degree seeking program or an eligible certificate program;
- Be enrolled at least half time (6 credits/undergraduates-5 credits/graduates) when loan proceeds are received;
- Not be in default on a previous student loan or owe a repayment on a previous federal financial aid award received at any institution;
- Applicant cannot have an adverse credit history (for Graduate Plus loans only).
Additional requirements may apply depending on the aid programs awarded to you.
Unsubsidized – a student does not have to demonstrate financial need to receive this loan. You may borrow the cost of attendance minus all financial aid awarded and based on your academic level (see chart below). Interest payments on this loan are not subsidized by the government. You can choose to pay the interest while you are enrolled fulltime or it can be accrued and added to the part of the principal of the loan that you owe. You begin repayment six months after you graduate or stop attending at least half-time.
Graduate Plus - Graduate students are now eligible to borrow under the PLUS loan program up to their cost of attendance minus other estimated financial assistance. Students need to first apply with the Department of Education to initiate the loan application process; the terms and conditions applicable to Parent Plus Loans also apply to Graduate Plus Loans. All Graduate Plus Loans are awarded to all graduate students who meet the eligibility requirement upon receipt of your financial aid award letter for each academic year. This loan is a credit-worthiness loan which will require a credit history approval. Interest Payments on this loan are not subsidized by the government.
Graduate Need Grant - awards based on financial need which do not have to be repaid.
- To be eligible applicant must have an EFC between 0 – 7500
- Must complete FAFSA by March 1st priority deadline
- Must be enrolled for at least 9 credits per semester for disbursement (Fall & Spring)
For additional information, please contact our office:
Phone: 855-FIU-PMBA / 855-348-7622