Professional MBA

Professional Weekend MBA

The newly re-designed Professional Weekend MBA optimizes a balance between flexibility and engagement. Using a hybrid format, students meet for classes one Saturday per month at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. In addition to live class, these sessions feature valuable engagement opportunities through networking lunches, workshops, and featured speaker events. In-between class sessions, students benefit from asynchronous learning, allowing them to choose when and where to participate in online coursework.

What does hybrid mean?

Courses that use hybrid learning feature a mix of live, classroom based learning and online learning. In this program, the online components of hybrid courses are always asynchronous. Many professors teaching hybrid format courses choose a “flipped classroom” model where content that would traditionally be delivered in a classroom lecture is instead delivered in asynchronous online components. This approach saves the limited classroom time for the most valuable peer-to-peer and peer-to-faculty engagement opportunities like case discussions, simulations, etc.

What does asynchronous mean?

Asynchronous learning simply means that the learner has control over when and where they participate in the course. Deadlines for deliverables still apply, but they are not required to appear in person or live online at a specific time or place for asynchronous components.

The Professional Weekend MBA is best suited for professionals that want to limit their required time on campus, while continuously building valuable relationships with peers and faculty.

Sample Professional Weekend MBA Schedule
Date 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
8/27 Concurrent Morning Classes Lunch | Student Services Exhibit | MBA Ambassadors Concurrent Afternoon Classes Semester Kick-Off Reception
9/10 Concurrent Morning Classes Lunch Concurrent Afternoon Classes Happy Hour
10/1 Concurrent Morning Classes Lunch | Optimizing LinkedIn Workshop Concurrent Afternoon Classes Happy Hour
11/5 Concurrent Morning Classes Lunch | Guest Lecture Concurrent Afternoon Classes Happy Hour
12/3 Concurrent Morning Classes Lunch | Networking with Employers | MBA Ambassadors Concurrent Afternoon Classes End of Semester Reception