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

Download: Class of 2025 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 six to 12 credits, 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.