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MOD Live Sessions
Synchronous sessions are critical for both students and faculty as we develop relationships and our learning community. All types of synchronous sessions signal a clear commitment between faculty and students and will be scheduled far in advance for your planning, or when this is not possible, will allow for flexibility in scheduling and attendance.
MOD Live Sessions are held one day per week at two different times. In order to provide flexibility to our globally distributed cohort we will have a 7AM (EST) and then an 8PM (EST) session. MOD 1 Live Sessions will be on Thursday, but the day of the week may vary from MOD to MOD. These sessions will be 2 hours in duration and will be recorded so you can access the content if you had a disruption in your planned schedule to attend.
In MOD 1, at least five out of the 15 MOD Live Sessions will focus on TEAM outputs (e.g., synthesis of managerial trends, capstone assignments, etc.) where your TEAM will be on live to present your output during an assigned AM or PM session. At least five of these Live Sessions are required for all students to attend, and each student will be required to serve as their team spokesperson during one of these live sessions. For planning purposes, these dates are listed below. You will be receive a pre-enrollment survey a few weeks before the program starts to identify your AM or PM attendance preference. This information will help us form the PODS and, eventually, the TEAMS. All students will be accountable for the content covered in the live sessions with your teams and at other times with more formal knowledge check-ins. This helps to facilitate more stimulating engagement and learning with the faculty, learning facilitator and your peers.
Each MOD lasts for one semester (15 weeks), is team taught by 3 faculty, and features a fully integrated curriculum. This means that while you won’t be taking a specific accounting or operations course, all the necessary content will be integrated into the MODS and delivered in the context of examining business problems.
Each MOD will have a combination of individual and team assignments, and the OMBA curriculum relies heavily on peer to peer learning. That means that you’ll be interacting with your Team and MOD regularly and learning from each other as much as you learn from our faculty.
What is MOD 0?
Mod 0 is a required, pass/fail module designed specifically for the OMBA program to introduce stimulating course content and provide critical learner resources needed for success in the program. Full and active participation in Mod 0 is mandatory.
MOD 0 Session Dates – August 2021 entry (OMBA3)
August 1, 2021 – August 21, 2021
Mandatory Live sessions:
Thursday, August 5, 2021
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Thursday, August 19, 2021
MOD 0 Session Dates – January 2022 entry (OMBA4)
January 2, 2022 – January 22, 2022
Mandatory Live sessions:
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Each live session is 2 hours
Live sessions are offered at two times (same content): 7am ET and 8pm ET. You will be assigned to a morning OR an evening live session time slot.
Timed-release of course content and materials:
Each week course content/materials for the upcoming week is released on Sunday at 8 am (ET).
**You will need to check your BU email the Sunday before the first live session for MOD 0. This email will share the first week’s learning journey and information on how to access the technology and platforms**
MOD 1 will have week-1 materials available on Sunday, August 29 at 8am eastern time (ET). The MOD will conclude on December 18, 2021 at 8pm. There will be at least 5 required lives throughout the semester (see dates below). The first live, which is mandatory, will take place on Thursday, September 2.
Required live sessions for MOD 1 (OMBA3):
Thursday, September 2
Thursday, September 9
Thursday, December 2
Thursday, December 9
Thursday, December 16
Required live sessions for MOD 1 (OMBA4):
Thursday, January 27
Thursday, February 3
Thursday, April 12
Thursday, April 28
Thursday, May 5
The program aims to stay as close as possible to the BU Academic calendar, but OMBA is distinctive in its own creation and learning flow. Therefore, students should pay close attention to starting and end dates as they may differ from the BU Academic calendar.
The Weekly Learning Journey
Module Order and Offering Schedule
Modules are offered during the fall (September-December), spring (January-May), and summer (May-August) semesters. Taking the modules in six consecutive semesters allows you to complete your MBA in as few as 24 months while attending part-time. Students are encouraged to take the modules in sequential order. Upon starting the Online MBA program as a matriculated student, you will complete Module 0 and Module 1. After completing MOD 1, students may take MOD 2 and MOD 3 in any order. Modules 4, 5, and 6 may be taken in any order, but only after completing Modules 0-3.
|Mod 0 – MX 700 OMBA Launch||August, January|
|Mod 1 – MX 710 Creating Value for Business and Society||Fall, Spring|
|Mod 2 – MX 720 Managing Performance with Data||Spring, Summer|
|Mod 3 – MX 730 Leading with Integrity||Summer, Fall|
|Mod 4 – MX 740 Managing Risk||Fall, Spring|
|Mod 5 – MX 750 Leveraging Global Opportunities||Spring, Summer|
|Mod 6 – MX 760 Fostering an Innovative Mindset||Summer, Fall|