Frequently Asked Questions About the Tepper School Part-Time Flex MBA
Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about our Part-Time Flex MBA. You can find the answers to other frequently asked questions in our application instructions.
How does the Part-Time Flex MBA format work?
The program is made up of Access Weekends, live weekly online classes with faculty, and offline content. Once you have finished the core courses, electives can be taken either on campus or online. Learn more about how it works.
What is an Access Weekend?
Access Weekends are opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the program through various activities which may include classes, CMU speakers, professional development workshops, leadership development, career management, and networking with other students. Access Weekends give you the opportunity to connect with the Tepper community, develop your skills, and build strong connections with your colleagues.
What's included in an Access Weekend?
When attending on-campus Access Weekends, we cover the cost of a hotel near campus so that you can focus on scheduled activities.
How do weekly classes work?
Students go to class for 75 minutes, two evenings a week 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 be videos, assignments, or group work to augment and reinforce the classroom learning.
Will I be able to handle the rigor 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 75 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 class and school work each week?
It depends on your comfort level with the material. You will attend two 75-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 particular course.
Can I waive any classes?
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.
What kind of professional development opportunities are available for part-time students?
You have access to the Tepper Roadmap, a professional development program designed specifically for part-time students with a focus on developing your leadership skills, choosing the courses that best support your professional goals, developing a strong network, and building career skills with resume reviews and interview preparation.
Are career services available to part-time students?
Yes. Our part-time students have access to the same highly regarded Masters Career Center as other Tepper MBA students. 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 a part-time student?
Yes. Students in the part-time programs have full access to the Accelerate Leadership Center, which includes leadership workshops, a certificate program, and leadership coaching (done virtually or in person).
Will I be able to build a strong connection with my classmates in a part-time program?
Definitely. Between Access Weekends, weekly discussion sessions, and group projects, our students make friends and professional connections that last a lifetime.
Can I apply my company tuition benefits at the Tepper School?
What are the application requirements for the part-time MBA format?
The application requirements for the Part-Time Flex MBA are exactly the same as the Full-Time MBA requirements. Attend an application workshop for more information about the process.
Can I transfer into the full-time program if I want to?
Yes. Because the curriculum requirements are exactly the same across all of our MBA formats, you can switch to full time for any reason and you won’t miss a beat in the transition. After finishing the first year of core classes, students may transfer to take advantage of an internship opportunity or to speed up the time to graduation.