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.

The Bard Difference

The Bard MBA in Sustainability program is a full 60-credit experience, with the same number of contact hours as a conventional two-year residential program, only better organized. It is not an executive MBA, or an “MBA light.” The teaching and learning advantages outlined below complement Bard’s unique focus on business with purpose: building new organizations and transforming existing businesses for social good. 

Low-Residency Structure

Online Courses

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.

In-Person 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.

+ Advantages of the low-residence program structure: