Executive Coaching

An overview of the executive coaching program within the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia.

Executive coaching is an invaluable tool to aid your development as a leader. The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program in Philadelphia is proud of its longstanding and robust executive coaching offering. Each student is assigned a certified executive coach to work with in the first year of the program, first in completing and interpreting a 360 assessment and then in formulating a leadership development plan.


Students meet with their coaches twice monthly for the remainder of their time in the program to accomplish leadership development plan objectives as they pertain to personal, professional, or academic life. Continuous feedback allows your coach to adapt meetings to your growth, ensuring that you continue to work toward your goals.

Career Services

The Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program is one of the first in the region to offer complete access to the advising and placement services that are available to our on-campus MBA students—but tailored to an executive audience. For all students, this means you can work one-on-one with a career coach to set goals and outline strategies for achieving those goals. For students who are employer-sponsored, the focus is on achieving goals within their current firm.

"The career and executive coaching experience helped position me for a substantial promotion within my organization. The classroom education paired with the personal attention and help of my coach really makes a big difference."
- Brian Donaldson '07, General Partner U.K., Edward Jones Investments