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 in University Park, Pennsylvania, at the start of the program. Designed to provide information, introduce resources, and 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 and an introduction to the concentrations; and 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 2020 January 6–10, 2020
Summer 2020 May 11–15, 2020
Fall 2020 August 17–21, 2020
Spring 2021 January 11–15, 2021
Summer 2021 May 17–21, 2021
Fall 2021 August 23–27, 2021
Spring 2022 January 10–14, 2022
Summer 2022 May 16–20, 2022
Fall 2022 August 22–26, 2022