Integration, Collaboration, and Engagement
A defining component of the program is the required Online MBA residency, which takes place 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 participate in 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 toward the degree program.
Virtual and On-Campus Formats Available
Virtual in Fall and Spring: Students who begin the program in the fall or spring semesters will participate in a three-day virtual residency. This option provides students with a 100% online experience from start to finish. There will be optional opportunities to visit campus throughout the course of the program, but they will never be required.
On Campus in Summer: Beginning in 2022, students who begin their program during the summer will attend a face-to-face residency. This opportunity is ideal for students who have more flexibility in their schedules, desire a higher level of engagement, and/or want to become more immersed in the Penn State community. This three-day event will be held at Penn State's main campus in University Park, Pennsylvania. During the summer on-campus residency, the program office will cover hotel expenses; however, all travel and other expenses are the responsibility of the student. Please contact the program office at [email protected] for updated information.
|Semester of Matriculation||Residency Dates|
|Summer 2021 (Virtual)||May 11–13, 2021|
|Fall 2021 (Virtual)||August 17–19, 2021|
|Spring 2022 (Virtual)||January 11–13, 2022|
|Summer 2022 (On-Campus)||May 10–12, 2022|
|Fall 2022 (Virtual)||August 16–18, 2022|