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The Residency Experience

The William & Mary Online MBA residency is a unique and defining element of the program that allows you to expand your knowledge and grow your professional network in a new environment. You and your classmates will have the opportunity to meet each other and your faculty on the historic William & Mary campus in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Held twice a year, these Friday-Sunday events include speakers, experiential activities and networking events for an intensive face-to-face experience with your classmates. You’ll also have the chance to meet with our Executive Partners (EPs), a select group of retired professionals who volunteer their time and mentorship advice to all Mason School students. The conference-style residencies cover core business topics such as leadership, finance and marketing, as well as current events and global issues. As a student, you are invited to attend all residency offerings, though you only need to attend one to meet the one-credit program requirement.

At a Glance

During your residency experience, you can expect to:

  • Experience a number of William & Mary traditions firsthand
  • Meet your program classmates and faculty members face to face
  • Learn from guest speakers as they share their expertise on a variety of relevant business issues
  • Attend workshops, panel discussions and case studies designed to enhance your online learning experience
  • Participate in engaging dialogue with industry leaders on topics that reach beyond what’s covered in the classroom (crisis communications, ethics in business, etc.)
  • Strengthen your relationships with your classmates through valuable in-person interaction and collaboration
  • Expand your network by forming connections with accomplished business professionals throughout the residency period

Residency Weekend Snapshot

Here’s an example agenda of an Online MBA residency weekend:


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