The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA

An overview of the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA 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 in Philadelphia. 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.

  • Flexible: The Smeal EMBA offers a flexible learning environment while maintaining academic rigor, which now includes limited remote attendance. Students may attend up to 50 percent of each class remotely with the remaining half in person. Students also have the opportunity to take optional course modules in entrepreneurship/business plan creation, as well as to engage in a week-long international immersion experience. After graduation, students can further personalize their learning by completing an online graduate certificate from Smeal – with up to three years for completion. 

  • 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 Union League Liberty Hill in Lafayette Hill, Philadelphia. 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.