A new class of students officially begins in the Penn State Smeal Executive MBA Program in August of each year, although preparation and orientation sessions begin in July.
The program is divided into roughly four segments over a 21-month period, with each segment about 20 weeks in length. Classes meet on alternating weekends (Friday overnight to Saturday) at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill.
The first and third segments contain a six-day residence at Penn State's University Park campus. The final segment includes a global immersion experience exploring business strategy and economic issues across countries, customs, currencies, and cultures. In May, the program holds three-day (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) leadership retreats in Philadelphia.