Frequently Asked Questions about the Tepper School Part-Time Online MBA

Find answers to the most commonly asked questions about our Part-Time Online Hybrid MBA.


How does the Part-Time Online Hybrid MBA format work?

Glad you asked! Classes in the Tepper Part-Time Online Hybrid 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.


What is an Access Weekend?

Access Weekends (AWs) times are when all students come together for a long weekend (Friday-Sunday) in Pittsburgh, D.C., Philadelphia or Silicon Valley. During AWs, students attend live classes, take exams, give presentations, visit corporations, and network with alumni and other current students. AWs give you the opportunity to meet faculty in person and build strong connections with your colleagues. 


What’s included in an Access Weekend?

You are responsible for getting to the AW and we cover the rest — hotel, meals and transport during the AW (including a bus back to the airport on Sunday).


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 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 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?

That depends on your comfort level with the material. Each class meets for 70 minutes every week and then you can expect that 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.


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.


Are career services available to online students?

Yes. Our online students have access to the same highly regarded Career Opportunities 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 online MBA format?

The application requirements for the online MBA are exactly the same as the full-time MBA requirements. See the application instructions for more information about the process.


Can I transfer into the full-time program if I want to?

Yes. Because the curriculum is 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. 

 

Find the answers to other frequently asked question in our Admissions FAQs.