Integration, Collaboration, and Engagement

Penn State World Campus Residency Program

A defining component of the Penn State Online MBA is the required, five-day residency held at University Park, Pennsylvania, at the start of the program. Designed to provide information, introduce resources, and to foster valuable interactions with faculty and student peers, the residency helps to prepare students for a successful, integrative, collaborative, and engaging online learning experience.

During the residency you will be immersed in a team performance class, review key program components including: a core course overview, an introduction to the concentrations, and you will receive technical training on systems you will use as a student. You will also attend workshops outlining resources designed to enhance your online learning experience, including:  student advising services, career management, stress management, alumni relations, networking, and time management. By the end of the residency, you will have already earned credit towards the degree program.

Residency lodging, and meals during the residency are included in your tuition. Transportation to the residency is not included and is the responsibility of the student.

Residency Start Dates

(We strongly recommend that you arrive on Sunday, one day prior to the start of your residency.)

Semester of Matriculation Residency Dates
Spring 2018 January 8–12, 2018
Summer 2018 May 7–11, 2018
Fall 2018

August 13 - 17, 2018

Spring 2019 January 7 - 11, 2019
Summer 2019 May 6 - 10, 2019
Fall 2019 August 19 - 23, 2019
Spring 2020 January 6 - 10, 2020
Summer 2020 May 11 - 15, 2020
Fall 2020 August 17 - 21, 2020