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

Download: Class of 2024 Executive MBA Calendar PDF

A new class of students officially begins in the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA in August of each year, although preparation begins in July.

  • For the first 13 months, Smeal EMBA classes meet on alternating weekends (Friday overnight to Saturday) at Union League Liberty Hill in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania – just outside of Philadelphia. For the last two to four courses, students will complete coursework online. 
  • There are two weeklong residences at Penn State's University Park campus that take place at The Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center. Just down the road from Beaver Stadium, the Penn Stater is a premier conference center with on-site dining, guest rooms and other comfortable amenities.
  • In May there is a three-day intensive weekend in Philadelphia.

The program can be completed in as little as 17 months, however, students may choose to stay through 23 months to increase their learning options.

  • Global Immersion
    • For a tuition add-on of $2,750, students may choose to participate in our optional Global Immersion experience. This includes a weeklong global immersion trip to apply the global business skills learned throughout the curriculum. Past destinations include Brazil, the Czech Republic, Peru, South Africa, China and Turkey.
  • Online Graduate Certificate from Penn State Smeal
    • For a tuition add-on of $5,000, Executive MBA students may choose to earn a second online specialty graduate certification from Smeal.
  • Online Specialty Master’s Degree from Penn State Smeal
    • For a tuition add-on of $15,000, Executive MBA students may choose to earn one of five available online specialty master’s from Smeal.
      • Master’s in Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship
      • Master’s in Strategic Management & Executive Leadership
      • Master’s in Marketing Analytics & Insights
      • Master of Supply Chain Management
      • Master’s in Taxation