A master of business administration (MBA) is an invaluable degree that allows graduates to pursue career advancement and change. It’s a major educational accomplishment that stands out in a competitive market. Choosing the right MBA program that complements your capacity and talent requires a huge investment of time, focus and energy — but it’s a wise decision nevertheless.

The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) serves as a resource for postgraduates who are interested in taking the next career step and are considering an MBA degree. They’re committed to the development of educational and economic growth for African American professionals, have chapters all over the country and are having their 33rd Annual Conference and Exhibition in Atlanta Oct. 4–8, 2011.

Membership provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and a large network of employers who actively recruit MBA graduates. It opens the doors in the corporate, government, nonprofit and small-business sectors, making the pursuit of an MBA more attractive.

A part-time MBA program may prove to be the best option for you if you determine that you don’t want to interrupt your current lifestyle and are seeking to maintain your livelihood.

We’ve identified 10 leading part-time MBA programs around the country and top executives who graduated from these academic institutions. —yvette caslin

Georgia State University
J. Mack Robinson College of Business
Flex and Professional MBA Programs
35 Broad St.
Atlanta, Ga. 30302
robinson.gsu.edu

Prominent B-School Alums:
Kenneth D. Lewis, former chairman and CEO, Bank of America Corp.
Richard H. Lenny, former chairman, president and CEO, The Hershey Co.
Bradford W. Ferrer, executive vice president, finance and administration, CNN Worldwide
E. Vachel Pennebaker, president of Sears, Roebuck and Company

DePaul University
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 7900
Chicago, Ill. 60604
kellstadt.depaul.edu/

Prominent B-School Alums:
Jim Jenness, chairman of the Board, Kellogg Company
Diane M. Pearse, SVP-Finance, RedBox
William M. Rudolphsen, SVP and CFO, Walgreens Co.
Brooks Boyer, vice president of marketing, Chicago White Sox

Wayne State University
School of Business Administration
5201 Cass Ave.
Room 200 Prentis Building
Detroit, Mich. 48202
business.wayne.edu

Prominent B-School Alums:
Mark Bertolini, president, Aetna Health Insurance
Sandra Peirce, president and CEO, Charter One Bank
James Vandenberghe, former vice chair, Lear Corp.

New York University
Leonard N. Stern School of Business
40 West Fourth St.
Tisch Hall, Suite 600
New York, N.Y. 10012
stern.nyu.edu

Prominent B-School Alums:
John A. Paulson, president, Paulson & Co. Inc.
Leonard N. Stern, chairman and CEO, The Hartz Group
Dr. Alan Greenspan, former Federal Reserve chairman; president, Greenspan Associates LLC
Katharine Culbert Lyall, president, University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Houston
C. T. Bauer College of Business
334 Melcher Hall
Room 262
Houston, Texas 77204-6021
bauer.uh.edu

Prominent B-School Alums:
Jack Moore, president and CEO, Cameron
Fran Keeth, retired CEO, Shell Chemicals Inc.
Richard Rawson, president, Administaff
Karen Katz, president and CEO, Neiman Marcus

University of Southern California
USC Marshall School of Business
630 Childs Way
Popovich Hall 308
Los Angeles, Calif.  90089
marshall.usc.edu

Prominent B-School Alums:
Marc Benioff, founder and CEO, Salesforce.com
Robert McKnight, chairman and CEO, Quiksilver
Dan Bane, chairman and CEO of Trader Joe’s
Michele Tafova, ESPN sportscaster

Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057
msb.georgetown.edu

Prominent B-School Alums:
Robert Steers, co-chairman and co-CEO, Cohen & Steers
Michael Todman, president, Whirlpool International
Joe Amato, president and chief investment officer, Neuberger Berman
Former President Bill Clinton
Ann M. Sarnoff, president, Dow Jones Ventures

University of Texas at Dallas
UT Dallas – School of Management
800 West Campbell Road
SM 40
Richardson, Texas 75080
som.utdallas.edu

Prominent B-School Alums:
Joe Davis, EVP and general counsel, Crosstex Energy LP
Daniel McAuliffe, president, Texas Operations, The Allan Group
Bonnie Looper, founder, Merit Energy

Temple University
Fox School of Business and Management
1810 Liacouras Walk
Alter Hall (006-22)
Philadelphia, Pa. 19122
fox.temple.edu

Prominent B-School Alums:
Larry G. Miller, president, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA Franchise
Norman Braman, president and CEO, Braman Management; owner; Philadelphia Eagles
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, chairman, Dubai Ports World; Nakheel executive chairman

University of Maryland
Robert H. Smith School of Business
2308 Van Munching Hall
College Park, Md. 20742

rhsmith.umd.edu/

Prominent B-School Alums:
Bob Basham, co-founder, Outback
Chris Kubasik, president and COO, Lockheed Martin
Kevin Plank, CEO and chairman of board, Under Armour
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google
Robert D. Briskman, co-founder of Sirius Satellite Radio
Carly Fiorina, former chair and CEO of Hewlett-Packard