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

Download: Class of 2023 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 and orientation occurs in early August.

  • Smeal EMBA classes meet on alternating weekends (Friday overnight to Saturday) at a hotel and conference center in the western Philadelphia suburbs.
  • There are two six-day residences at Penn State's University Park campus.
  • In May there is a three-day intensive weekend in Philadelphia, and the program's required coursework ends with a leadership retreat at University Park in December.

The program can be completed in as little as 17 months, however, you may add the global immersion and entrepreneurship options at no additional cost to complete the program in 22 months.

  • The optional Entrepreneurship experience provides students with the opportunity to develop an actual business plan for an entrepreneurial endeavor. Students will develop the skills to take their business idea from concept to reality.
  • The optional one-week Global Immersion experience explores business strategy and economic issues across countries, customs, currencies, and cultures.

Following graduation, students who desire further specialization have three years to complete a Smeal online graduate certificate, offered in partnership with Penn State World Campus.