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Frequently Asked Questions About the Tepper Part-Time Accelerated MBA

You can find answers to the most commonly asked questions about our Part-Time Accelerated MBA here. Find the answers to other frequently asked questions in our application instructions.

Classes in the Tepper School's Part-Time Accelerated MBA format have three components: Access Weekends, live weekly classes with faculty, and offline content to supplement the weekly class sessions. Learn more about how it works.

Students in the Part-Time Accelerated MBA program complete the program on an expedited time frame by transferring credit for undergraduate coursework in accounting, finance, marketing, microeconomics, and operations.

Students must have received a B or higher in each of these courses and have taken the course within the last seven years from an accredited institution. Students must provide course descriptions, and if possible, syllabi, prior to admission to the program. These individuals are also expected to have three to seven years of relevant work experience before starting the program.

To ensure that Part-Time Accelerated MBA students are prepared for electives, they take 12 units of functional area refresher coursework in the first semester of the program.

Access Weekends are when students come together for a weekend to participate in various activities including classes, CMU speakers, professional development workshops, leadership development, career management, and extensive networking with other students. Access Weekends give you the opportunity to connect with faculty and build strong connections with your colleagues.

Two classes per mini will meet twice per week for 70 minutes in the evening (with both east and west coast time slots) via an online platform that allows you to see and interact with faculty and classmates. Visit a class to see what it's like.

Each class includes offline content in addition to the weekly class sessions that you complete at your own pace. This may include lectures recorded by professors, assignments, or group work to augment and reinforce the classroom learning.

Absolutely! We carefully review your application to ensure that you have the experience and aptitude to thrive at the Tepper School. Once you are admitted, we are confident that you will be successful in the program.

We are mindful of the fact that you are a working professional. Students take classes just twice a week for 70 minutes; each class includes additional offline content that you complete at your own pace. It’s a schedule that works for your busy, professional life.

It depends on your comfort level with the material. You will attend two 70-minute live class sessions every week and then you can expect about 3-5 hours of offline content, assignments, readings, and group projects that will require your attention. How long you spend per class will depend on your background. If this is the first time that you have ever seen accounting, you may find yourself at the higher end of the time range during that mini.

Yes. We offer exemption exams for most of our core classes. If you pass the exam, then you can take an elective in its place that will better fit your academic and career goals.

Yes. Our online students have access to the same highly regarded Masters Career Center that other Tepper MBA students have. That means you have access to industry-specific career coaches, career-related workshops, preparation programs, and on-campus recruiting.

Yes. Students in the online program have full access to the Accelerate Leadership Center, which includes leadership workshops, a certificate program, and leadership coaching (done virtually).

Definitely. Between Access Weekends, weekly discussion sessions, and group assignments, our students make friends and professional connections that last a lifetime.

Check with your benefits office, but many of our students take advantage of their company tuition remission program to help fund their education. Since our program covers three calendar years, you may be able to use three years of benefits to reduce your out-of-pocket costs. Our Financial Aid office is available to answer your financial aid questions.

The application requirements for the Part-Time Accelerated MBA are the same as the Full-Time MBA requirements with one additional requirement to provide course descriptions and syllabi, when available, for the required pre-requisite coursework. See the application instructions for more information about the process.