Bard MBA: In-Person and Online Learning
The Bard MBA’s low-residency, technology-enabled structure models the future of graduate business education. The program combines intensive face-to-face interaction, community building, and career networking through in-person Residencies with the advantages of online distance learning enabled by constantly improving webinar technology. We think of our MBA as 20 four-day retreats, spread out over two years, and tied together by weekly on-line, live interaction between students and professors. This powerful combination allows students to continue working; supports a world-class faculty of active practitioner-teachers; and enables students to attend the program from across the US.
Between Weekend Residencies, students attend online classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The online courses are live and interactive. Faculty use this class time to deliver course content through lecture and discussion. The online courses are extensions of the same courses the students attend during the Weekend Residencies.
Students gather once monthly for Weekend Residencies over the course of two or three years. The retreats are powerful learning environments where students and faculty put aside distractions and are intensely together for 40 hours of focused class and community engagement. During residencies, students work in teams, interact with guest speakers, make connections across classes, and give presentations.