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.
How does the Part-Time Accelerated MBA format work?
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.
How is the Part-Time Accelerated program different from the other Tepper part-time MBA programs?
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 10 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 significant 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.
What's included in an Access Weekend?
To create an immersive experience, we cover the cost of a hotel near campus on Friday and Saturday night so that you can focus on your studies. Meals and transportation during the Access Weekend are also on us.
What is an Access Weekend?
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.
How do weekly classes work?
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.
What does the offline content look 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.
Will I be able to handle the challenge of a Tepper MBA program while working full-time?
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.
How much time should I expect to spend on school work each week?
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.
Are career services available to online students?
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.
Can I utilize the Accelerate Leadership Center as an online student?
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).
Will I be able to build a strong connection with my classmates if I’m taking classes online?
Definitely. Between Access Weekends, weekly discussion sessions, and group assignments, our students make friends and professional connections that last a lifetime.
Can I apply my company tuition benefits at the Tepper School?
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.
What are the application requirements for the Part-Time Accelerated MBA program?
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.