Cohort Structure

Distance Learning Executive MBA students will go through the entire program together as a cohort class. The cohort structure provides an excellent forum for networking and sharing experiences while fostering a collaborative learning environment.

Residence Weekend

An intensive five-day residential session consisting of day and evening classes are required for all newly admitted Distance Learning Executive MBA participants. To help participants focus on the initial course work, this intensive weekend is held at an off-campus location and is designed to enhance class cohesion and identity.

Residence Weekend is structured around a variety of critical management issues facing executives today. Through the study and analysis of these issues the business core curriculum is introduced.

Convenient Class Schedule

After the Residence Weekend, classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and alternating Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. online via distance learning technology. Over the 22-month period, there will be 14 Saturday classes (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Shidler College of Business, Executive Education Center classroom. For neighbor island students, a stipend will be provided for roundtrip airfare to Honolulu for scheduled Oahu classes.

This schedule allows participants to continue working and furthering their career while providing more time between classes to prepare and absorb the materials presented.