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What to Expect

A Degree in Freedom

Nothing compares to Acton MBA immersive curriculum. Our nine-month program immediately puts you into real life business scenarios and forces you to make tough decisions on the fly.

Students begin the first semester with Pre-matriculation. During this initial four-month period, you’ll engage in a series of interactive online courses including cash and valuation, customers and operations to prepare you to step into the classroom in the second semester with a solid foundation in the tools and practical skills you’ll need to flourish as an entrepreneur.

Classroom work begins the second semester. Expect to spend between 80-100 hours a week participating in classes and Socratic discussions, working in study groups and preparing cases with some of the most determined students you will ever meet. With only five months of the program required in residence, students often continue working during the first semester, relocating to Austin only for the second and final semester.

A Typical Day:

Individual Preparation

Acton MBA entrepreneurship classes are focused on cases, each of which requires hours of individual concentration and preparation beforehand. Plan on devoting between five and eight hours of study to analyzing each case in depth. Any less and you’ll be left behind.

Study Groups

Study Groups are like prototypes for class. You’ll arrive at Study Group each morning fully prepared to stand in the shoes of the case’s entrepreneur. Your group will choose a peer to open the case, and for over an hour you’ll describe and defend your positions with them. If you haven’t prepared, it’ll show.


Classes begin with a “cold call,” a challenging question the teacher poses to a single student to open the case. What comes next is eighty furious minutes of analysis, argument, and fervent persuasion. Individual contribution is critical.

Your Typical Weekly Workload

Each week at Acton is intense and action-packed, delivering more than a traditional MBA program in less than half the time. Be prepared to work 20-25 hours a week in the first distance-learning semester and  between 80 and 100 hours a week when you’re on campus during the second semester.

Learn more about our  innovative curriculum and check out Frequently Asked Questions about our Acton MBA experience.

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