MBA for Professionals in Education

Program Overview

The Master of Business Administration is one of the most sought-after degrees across every industry. Its flexibility and cross-disciplinary courses in business allow graduates to learn and build knowledge on leadership, organizational structures, accounting, finance, strategy – and everything in between.

The MBA for Professionals in Education is an innovative and unique degree program designed for current and future leaders to make impactful and transformational change in education.

Whether you currently work or are aspiring to work in public, private or nonprofit educational organizations, one of the goals of the MBA for Professionals in Education program is to bring together cohorts of like-minded individuals hoping to make a difference in our New Mexico community.

During this two-year program, you will develop a deeper understanding of organizations, collaborate with colleagues, and grow as a professional to achieve positive transformation in schools, universities and nonprofit education organizations.

Program Changes

The start for the next class of students in this program is moving to Fall 2021 (previously a summer start). Students will focus on one or two classes at a time, attending class once or twice a month on weekday evenings.

This change allows us to integrate professionals pursuing their MBAs from industries such as health care and technology into core MBA coursework. It will provide students the opportunity to meet and learn from other professionals in New Mexico and share their expertise in education with others in the program.

Another new benefit is pairing students with an expert in education to help with guidance and mentorship throughout the program. This professional in education will connect the business language with the education language and support students’ career goals throughout the two-year program.

Student Experience

We understand that many of us live very busy lives. We’ve taken that into consideration and created a program that is structured for the busy professional.

Learning, knowledge, and ideas shared through a combination of on-campus and online classroom experiences enhance your educational experience.

Courses Offered in Hybrid Format

The hybrid model allows for true flexibility while maintaining focused education one class at a time. The cohort will meet online weekly and once a month on-campus. Each class is offered every 8 weeks.

Professional Development with Team Building Integration

We set you up in small teams within your cohort to be your support system throughout the program. We will pair you with a professional coach who is an expert in the field and will connect the business language with the education language to support your career goals. Career development workshops will help you take your career to the next level.


After graduating, you will meet the requirements for Educational Administration Licensure and School Business Official Licensure in New Mexico.


Information about the curriculum will be posted soon.

Program Perks

This program has elite perks that guide you through the program successfully.

Premier Service and Support

We provide a top notch service and support system for every student. We register you for classes, provide you with course materials, and support you with beverages and snacks in our Executive Lounge at no additional cost.

Academic Support. We offer tutors within the Anderson School of Management and UNM, for various subjects including statistics, accounting, and writing assignments.

Financial Aid support. We have an in-house financial aid representative. You no longer need to run around UNM. Everything is done in our office.

World-renowned Faculty

The faculty are some of the best and brightest in their field. Their expertise in business and organizations is transferred to the application in education. Be part of a new trend of leaders applying interdisciplinary practices to make impactful and positive changes across the education field.

Ease of Access

Classes meet in one of two buildings directly across the Yale Garage where you will be able to park. We made sure you’ll be in class within 5 minutes of where you park.


For a complete application, please submit all required materials.

Online Application

Click here to start your application.

Submit the following to the MBA for Professionals in Education office at or by mail to:

MBA for Professionals in Education
MSCO5 3090
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

3 Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required, including one from your immediate supervisor. The most meaningful evaluations come from people who have been responsible for evaluating your academic or managerial performance.

Provide a cover sheet with each letter.

Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent should be no longer than 500 words. You can use questions below to guide your response.

Why do you want to become an education leader and what is it about this particular program that most intrigues you? What do you believe are the 3-4 most important characteristics/traits/abilities of effective education leaders? What do you see as your greatest strengths relative to those characteristics and those areas in which you see yourself as being in greatest need of development and why?


Please submit a current resume detailing your work experience, management experience, and areas of responsibility. Your resume can be uploaded with your online application.


Send one official transcript from each institutions attended (except for UNM) for domestic applicants. Send electronic transcripts to Mailed transcripts must arrive enclosed in the original registrar's sealed envelope to the following address:

UNM Admissions
PO Box 4895
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4895

Domestic applicants with foreign transcripts must have those transcripts evaluated, even if they are in English. This must be a course by course evaluation that shows the foreign education level of study in comparison to the U.S. education level of study and the US education equivalent cumulative GPA. We recommend the following credential evaluators. Education Credential Evaluators (; National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (; World Education Services (


When your application is complete, you will participate in an interview to determine your eligibility.

Entrance Exam

The entrance exam is currently waived for the 2023 cohort.


NOW Accepting Applications for the Class of 2023

Best Consideration Date:
April 2, 2021

Program Start:
August 23, 2021