Project-Based MBA

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Graduate Degree
Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
5 Semesters


The skills obtained with a MBA are crucial for achieving your career goals, but what happens when life and professional commitments get in the way? Westminster College's Project-based MBA program is designed for those who want to master the abilities executives need to become leaders in their respective fields from the comfort of their homes. In this program we understand that what you know is important but that what you can do with what you know is crucial to your success.

Who It's For

The Project-Based MBA is perfect for working professionals who are looking to take the next step in their career. Since the course is online, you can learn at the times that better accommodate to your schedule.

Key Benefits

  • Instead of taking courses, you will be requested to complete cross-disciplinary projects
  • Further enhance the abilities you already have
  • While working on a project, you will have a full-time Westminster College faculty member who will serve as your coach to help you build your knowledge
  • Learn using cutting-edge education technology

How Long It Takes

Students can complete the program in 18-24 months, depending on their availability, drive, and focus. Since you are moving at your own speed (within a semester), you have the option of moving faster through the projects.

"The MBA is about self-discovery, networking, and crafting a personal learning plan that makes sense for your career or entrepreneurial goals. Professors and business mentors at Westminster are ready and interested in helping craft this type of individualized learning. Westminster is the only school in the Intermountain West that provides this type of MBA. I was not interested in moving lockstep through a prescriptive program toward some uninteresting large-company job; I wanted a clear and high quality return on my investment shaped around my interests and career growth. Westminster created that experience."

Brian Wierman, '09

About the Program


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What You'll Learn

Being an executive is not just about business concepts, it's also about managing projects, leading teams, facilitation, negotiation, presentation ability, writing ability, and more. By completing projects you will build, learn and apply skills in different areas.

You complete the program by mastering program goals and related competencies, including:

  • Communication: Effectively communicate business concepts and analysis verbally and in writing to organizational stakeholders.
  • Ethics and social responsibility: Evaluate various ethical perspectives and use an ethical and legal framework for decision-making and social responsibility.
  • Critical, analytical and reflective thinking: Analyze and solve complex managerial and organizational problems incorporating reflective thinking on the implications of the outcomes of those decisions.
  • Leadership and teamwork: Lead and influence individuals and teams to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Organizational performance: Analyze and use accounting, financial, and operational information to measure and influence organizational performance.
  • Understanding markets: Identify and evaluate markets for an organization’s goods and services, articulate and influence the activities that make up the value chain for those goods and services, and use appropriate methodologies for ensuring product/service quality and speed to market.
  • Strategic and global thinking: Design a strategic planning process, formulate a strategy, and implement the strategy to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage for a firm.

Plan of Study

During the program, you are requested to complete 25 different projects. When you've completed these 25 projects, you will demonstrate your expertise on over 80 different business and executive skills, often multiple times. Since each project is directly connected to a subset of business/executive skills, you will have mastered everything a traditional MBA program student knows and far beyond.

The projects you are completing look just like the work executives do on a day-to-day basis:
  • External firm analysis
  • Segmenting and targeting markets
  • Industry financial analysis
  • Process review and revision
  • Corporate governance and fiduciary responsibility
  • Internal firm analysis
  • Developing and implementing strategy
  • Balanced Scorecard
  • Business Plan for a new product or service (for your firm or for a firm you'd like to start)
  • Financial pro-forma for new products/services

Start Date

May, August, and January

Sample Courses

Consumers in Markets:

Learners use quantitative tools to analyze markets, including price determination, consumer preferences, and other factors that influence markets and demand. Learners segment and target populations within markets.

Learners will:
  • Develop marketing plans for new products/services in new markets, analyzing both national and international factors.
  • Evaluate and develop customer relationship management programs for firms.
  • Create marketing dashboards to evaluate marketing effectiveness, establishing metrics and evaluating performance.
  • Lead teams, negotiate, manage projects, and facilitate meetings.
  • Present ideas to multiple audiences.

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Tuition and Fees

The price model of the Project-Based Master of Business Administration program ensures that you know the full price of the program at the beginning. All-inclusive pricing is fixed for 5 years once enrolled, as long as you stay active in the program. This includes all course materials and an international context tour.

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Financial Aid

Westminster works with all students to determine the financial aid opportunities available to them. Federal financial aid is available and will be awarded on an individual basis to students who have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Some federal financial aid programs require students to maintain the equivalent of full- or part-time enrollment. Westminster also offers scholarships for graduate students.


Students in the Master of Business Administration program who are Westminster bachelor of science, bachelor of arts, Bachelor of Business Administration program, or bachelor of fine arts alumni are eligible for the Westminster Alumni Scholarship. Project-Based Master of Business Administration program students are also eligible for the MBA Leadership Scholarship.


Graduate students are eligible for Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Direct (grad) PLUS loans through the U.S. Department of Education’s federal student loan program.

Federal Work Study

Federal Work Study is a federally funded program that provides job opportunities for students to earn money to help pay for college. Westminster employs hundreds of students each year in different areas.

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