Femba Flex
 

Hybrid on-campus & online — no need to be local

 

Since 2012 UCLA Anderson has proudly offered FEMBA Flex, an innovative, hybrid scheduling option that blends online and on-campus learning environments. Flex makes it easier for busy working professionals who want an MBA but can’t visit campus every week. Only four campus visits per quarter (one weekend every three weeks) are required. In between on campus weekends, learning takes place via Flex’s online platform—an effective, easy-access solution designed for students with considerable career and/or personal commitments or lengthy commutes.

 

Hybrid Schedule

 

4 weekend visits to UCLA per quarter
Saturday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

All FEMBA Flex core courses blend on-campus immersion with online lectures, interactive group work and web-assisted study tools. Classes consist of four weekend visits per quarter, Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

"I chose Flex because it allowed me to stay in the Silicon Valley while exposing me to others who have a diverse range of perspectives and experiences. FEMBA has taught me that you will always feel like you don't have enough time, so you need to make the most of the time you have. Prioritize what's important to you and your goals and the rest will fall into place."

Jane Sohn, FEMBA ('19)

Weekend Warrior

Flex allows students living outside of the Los Angeles area to travel to campus on Saturday morning and return to their homes on Sunday evening. Flex students currently commute from eight different states and two countries outside the US, as well as across California.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT IS FEMBA FLEX?

FEMBA Flex is a hybrid scheduling option for the Fully Employed MBA Program (FEMBA). Core courses in the FEMBA Flex section (excluding Leadership Foundations and GAP) consist of on-campus and online instruction. Students in the FEMBA Flex section attend campus four weekends per quarter while studying and completing assignments online in the intervening weeks. In most other respects, the FEMBA Flex section will be equivalent to other FEMBA sections.

IS THE DEGREE THE SAME?

Yes. FEMBA Flex students take the same core courses, receive instruction from the same world-class faculty and obtain the same degree as UCLA Anderson’s other acclaimed MBA programs.

WILL I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE GLOBAL ACCESS PROGRAM OR BUSINESS CREATION OPTION (CAPSTONE PROJECT)?

Yes. FEMBA Flex students participate fully in GAP.

DO I STILL DO LEADERSHIP FOUNDATIONS (THE KICKOFF)?

Yes. Leadership Foundations (MGMT 414A) is the first core course of the program and is typically held during the last week of August. All students are required to attend, no exceptions.

AM I GETTING THE SAME IMPACT AS THE TRADITIONAL FEMBA PROGRAM?

Yes. FEMBA Flex students have access to all of the same resources and faculty support as traditional FEMBA sections, including opportunities to network, collaborate and get the most out of the MBA experience on-campus and online.

DO I HAVE TO STAY IN FLEX THE WHOLE TIME? CAN I CHANGE TO AN ON-CAMPUS SECTION?

For maximum networking benefits, we recommend that all students stay with their original section during core courses. If your circumstances change and a section adjustment is required, we will do our best to accommodate your needs, subject to availability. Upon completion of the core courses, students can choose any schedule depending on elective course availability.

CAN I FAST-TRACK DURING MY STUDIES AND COMPLETE THE PROGRAM IN LESS THAN 3 YEARS?

Yes. Students may choose to complete FEMBA early by taking extra electives once they have completed their core courses. The program can be completed in as few as 27 months, graduating at the end of the fall quarter of the third year. Not all elective courses will be available in the hybrid format, so schedules may vary in the second and third year of the program.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT FEES FOR FLEX?

No. All FEMBAs in any given entering year pay the same fees, regardless of schedule. There are no out-of-state fees for FEMBA.

CAN I STILL GET FINANCIAL AID?

Yes. The Professional MBA Programs at UCLA Anderson offer low-interest government Stafford loans and Grad PLUS loans to United States citizens and individuals with permanent resident status. Non U.S. citizens (on an H-1 visa) with a credit history may apply for private loans. Financial aid is available throughout the 33 months of the program. For more information please visit financial aid.

IF I DON’T WANT FEMBA PARKING, CAN I GET A REFUND?

Yes. By signing a parking waiver, FEMBA Flex students can opt out of campus parking.

HOW OFTEN WILL I BE REQUIRED TO BE ON-CAMPUS?

During core classes, the FEMBA Flex section meets on campus four times per quarter on Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. Certain classes may not require an in-person final exam and may only meet three weekends during the quarter. Not all elective courses will be available in the hybrid format, so your schedule may vary in your second and third academic years.

CAN I CHOOSE WHICH WEEKENDS I COME TO CAMPUS?

No. Campus weekends for FEMBA Flex are scheduled in advance.

ARE EXAMS ONLINE OR ON-CAMPUS?

Final exams are held during the last on-campus weekend scheduled for that quarter, unless otherwise indicated.

WHAT IF I’M SICK FOR ONE OF THE MANDATORY WEEKENDS? CAN I MAKE IT UP ONLINE?

Fewer on-campus sessions means that your attendance is critical. However, all on-campus classes are recorded and attendance may be made up by viewing the session online but is at the discretion and approval by the faculty.

WILL I HAVE TO LOG IN AT SPECIFIC TIMES?

It varies. Online instruction will consist of a mix of asynchronous and synchronous activities. Although there are fixed deadlines for assignments and communication, most online activities may be done on your own time. Your professor will inform you when you may need to be online for a live class event. All online class participation is recorded and monitored by the Online Learning Management System.

IF I DON'T DO FEMBA FLEX, CAN I TAKE FLEX ELECTIVES IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE PROGRAM?

Yes, but first-priority access to hybrid Flex electives is given to FEMBA Flex students. Other FEMBA students may sign up for hybrid elective courses subject to availability.

DOES FLEX USE THE SAME APPLICATION?

Yes. There is no separate application for FEMBA Flex. After you are admitted you will have a chance to state your preference for the FEMBA Flex section.

DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE GMAT (OR GRE)?

Yes. Either the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all applicants. There is no minimum score requirement for application to the FEMBA program—the FEMBA Admissions Committee considers a number of factors in selecting candidates for the program.

IS MY ADMITTANCE DEPENDENT ON/INFLUENCED BY MY SECTION PREFERENCE?

No. Admissions decisions are not dependent on section preference, but there is no guarantee you will be placed in your first-choice section.

WHO GETS PRIORITY TO BE IN THE FLEX SECTION? HOW IS THAT ALLOCATED? IS THERE A MAXIMUM NUMBER?

Space is limited in the FEMBA Flex section. If you are interested in FEMBA Flex, please indicate your preference and explain why the Flex section is your first choice. Top priority will be given to applicants with the perceived greatest need based on geographic or scheduling constraints.

CAN I JUST APPLY TO THE FLEX SECTION?

No. Admissions decisions are given for the overall FEMBA Program and are not made by section. If you are only interested in the Flex section, please state your preference and your reasons to the Admissions department.

ARE THERE MATHEMATICS AND/OR COMPUTER PREREQUISITES?

No. However, all prospective students should have a working knowledge of algebra and differential calculus before beginning their coursework. Admitted students must also have a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; workshops are available at UCLA Anderson and students are advised to achieve competency before beginning graduate study.

Academic work involves accessing UCLA Anderson's electronic network, therefore each student is required to have an appropriately configured laptop computer. Admitted students will receive computer purchasing information and necessary laptop configuration details with their orientation materials.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM AN ONLINE DEGREE?

FEMBA Flex courses combine equal parts on-campus learning with online tools and activities. On-campus classes, interactions and activities are critical to the online sessions, and vice-versa. The full UCLA Anderson student experience and network are also important benefits—your time spent on campus helps establish a lasting professional network with peers and faculty.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ONLINE PLATFORMS?

UCLA Anderson hybrid classes use Moodle for class webpages, Mediasite for videos and Blackboard Collaborate for live online interactions. All platforms will run on any modern computer.

HOW ARE ASSIGNMENTS TURNED IN?

Assignments will be submitted both in-person and online via a digital dropbox.

IS THE FACULTY THE SAME?

Yes. FEMBA Flex sections have the same world-class faculty as the school’s other acclaimed MBA programs.

HOW MUCH GROUP-WORK CAN I EXPECT?

FEMBA Flex courses engage in the same amount of group-work as traditional FEMBA sections. Flex section groups typically spend more time meeting online than other sections.

WHAT ARE THE ELECTIVE OPTIONS?

There will be a limited number of hybrid electives offered each quarter in the FLEX format. After completing their core courses, FEMBA Flex students may continue to take hybrid electives or select from any of the other available electives in the traditional on-campus format. Not all elective courses will be available in the hybrid format, so schedules may vary in the second and third year of the program.

CAN I TAKE INTERNATIONAL-STUDY TRAVEL ELECTIVES?

Yes. The International Studies and Exchange Program is expanding rapidly and FEMBA Flex students are free to apply to any of the destinations. In 2012, FEMBAs chose from twelve different country options.

CAN I MEET WITH MY PROFESSOR IN PERSON, ON THE PHONE OR ONLINE?

Yes. All of these options are available, depending on your professor’s schedule.

IF I AM IN AN ON-CAMPUS SECTION AND I MISS A LECTURE, CAN I MAKE IT UP BY ACCESSING THE FLEX COURSES ONLINE?

No. The presentation and pace of instruction in the Flex section is different enough to prevent crossover between sections.

CAN I COME TO CAMPUS ON MY "NON-FLEX" WEEKENDS, FOR CLUBS, SPEAKERS, EVENTS AND SOCIAL EVENTS?

Absolutely! We encourage FEMBA Flex students to come to campus for workshops, social functions and any other events as often as their schedules allow. Many events are streamed and/or posted online for those who cannot attend.

HOW WILL I GET MY BOOKS?

Textbooks are available for purchase on campus and online for mail delivery.

ARE ACCOMMODATIONS PROVIDED FOR SATURDAY NIGHTS?

No. Currently, all FEMBA Flex students are responsible for arranging their own lodging.

CAN I USE ON-CAMPUS RECRUITING SERVICES?

FEMBA Flex students have access to the same Career Services staff, resources and events enjoyed by all FEMBA students.

CAN I STILL JOIN CLUBS?

Yes. There are no limits to the number of clubs, teams and committees that you can join as a student in FEMBA Flex.

HOW WILL I NETWORK WITH MY FELLOW FEMBAS? WILL IT BE WEEKEND-ONLY?

You will have many opportunities to interact with your classmates both online and during weekend activities. You may participate in all FEMBA networking events, but be aware that they may not necessarily fall on weekends that coincide with your scheduled classes. FEMBA Flex students and grads have full access to the UCLA Anderson MBA alumni network and contact database.