Evening UST MBA
Course Formats and Schedules
In the Evening UST MBA program, you will find that extensive discussion and collaboration are major parts of the classroom experience. This environment exemplifies the student-focused approach of St. Thomas while leveraging the experience and background of our graduate students.
During the 14-week fall and spring semesters, traditional Evening UST MBA classes usually meet once per week for three hours. Classes typically run from 6-9 p.m.
During the summer session, classroom courses typically meet for 10 weeks from late May to August, from 5:30 – 9:45 p.m. on weeknights.
Accelerated J-term classes typically meet one weeknight evening and all day Saturday throughout the month of January.
You can search class offerings and schedules for each term with the UST Class Finder search tool.
Already a pioneer of MBA programs for Twin Cities working professionals, the Opus College of Business is proud of its innovation with this unique course format. The blended model provides you with more flexibility as a busy student managing professional and personal obligations.
Designed to provide students with additional schedule flexibility while maintaining the high academic standards associated with the St. Thomas MBA, blended courses feature the latest online instructional technologies to complement less frequent classroom sessions on campus.
If enrolled in a blended format course, you will attend five, four-hour classroom meetings during the term, about half the classroom hours of a traditional format course. During the three weeks between on-campus meetings, you will still stay engaged with web-based presentations and interactions with peers and faculty, and upload required coursework.
For blended courses, you must have ready access to a computer with high-speed Internet services for online interactions with your instructor and classmates, and to access course materials and assignments. Blackboard, the UST learning management system, is the hub for the blended courses and certain online activities, but other web-based software may also be used for presentations, conferencing and collaboration.
Successful blended students enjoy connecting in person with fellow students, but also value the ability to learn and study independently on their own schedule. They are tech-savvy, comfortable with remote collaboration tools and able to self-direct portions of their learning experience.
Important things to consider when deciding if the blended learning format is appropriate for you:
- These courses will have the same content, rigor and academic expectations of those delivered in the traditional format. Fewer face-to-face hours do not mean reduced work, less challenge or lower student engagement.
- Given the limited amount of classroom hours, students are expected to attend every classroom session for the full period.
- Expect required regular activities, interactions and deliverables during the three to four weeks between classroom meetings. Students must stay engaged and current with the material and assignments between classroom sessions to be successful.
- Students must have reliable, high-speed Internet access, and should be comfortable with web-based technology, communication and content delivery.