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The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg will join the lineup of business schools offering an AACSB-accredited online MBA program beginning in Fall 2013.

The new FlexMBA program combines online classes and in-person sessions for a 32- month, part-time MBA program. The seven-week mini semesters will comprise of online courses held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and students will convene at regional campus sites for ”Access Weekends” one weekend every five weeks.

The “Access Weekends” will feature lectures, testing, group development and presentations, career services, and access to alumni and corporate programs from within the region.


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“Access Weekends will be an important channel to provide students with direct interaction with faculty, alumni, personal leadership coaches, career services and each other. Rotating the location of these weekends to different geographic areas also allows us to involve different alumni and industries and to further create a unique and valuable student experience,” Michael Trick, senior associate dean for education at the Tepper School, said in a press release.

MBA concentrations include accounting, communications, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics and social responsibility, finance, information systems, international business, marketing, operations management, operations research/statistics, organizational behavior, and strategy. According to the website, traditional on-campus MBA students typically 3-4 concentrations.

FlexMBA courses are kept small with only 20-30 students to encourage greater interaction between students and professors. Students admitted to the competitive program have an average GPA of 3.35, a GMAT score of 685 and 2 to 8 years of experience.

Prospective students can learn more about the FlexMBA program at a webinar from 4-5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Dec. 20.

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