The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA

An overview of the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia with details on aspects such as qualifications, selectivity, and location.

Take the next step in your career with the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program. Our 17-month program on alternating weekends in metropolitan Philadelphia is designed to provide the learning, connections, resources, and experiences to change your business life and the business world. Discover how we can be part of your MBA future.

 Consider the following program requirements and details as you plan to take your next step:

  • Newly Redesigned: The Smeal EMBA Program was recently redesigned to offer more flexibility to students while maintaining its high academic standards. Changes include expanding the core curriculum, providing a concentration in Executive Leadership & Strategy, and offering two optional electives and the opportunity to pursue an online specialty certificate.

  • Qualifications: Successful applicants typically have at least six years of post-undergraduate work history and managerial or team leader experience. Less experienced candidates will be considered with a sponsorship letter from their organizations.
  • Selectivity: Admission is competitive, and class size is limited. Students will be selected based on their work experiences, academic backgrounds, and anticipated contributions to the learning environment.
  • Calendar: The program begins with a review session in July and orientation in early August. It spans 17 consecutive months from the official start date in late August before concluding in December.
  • Weekend Schedule: Typical alternating class weekends begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoons and conclude at 5:15 p.m. on Saturdays with an overnight stay in between.
  • Location: Typical classes are held at the Chubb Hotel & Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. The program also features two six-day residencies, each taking place at the start of the first and second year, as well as one 3-day weekend on the Penn State University Park campus.
  • Additional Options: In the spring of the second year, students will have the option to take part in an entrepreneurship elective and/or a weeklong overseas immersion. Following graduation, students who desire further specialization have three years to complete a Smeal online graduate certificate.