Zach Feldman: I took two modules Module 100: General Management, Leadership, and Strategy and Module 200: Operations Management. I believe I took approximately 1 month to read through each module (so 2 months total). The work consisted of simply reading through the modules, which are basically textbooks, and taking practices quizzes that prepared me for the final exam. There was one final exam covering both modules, so the work for each module overlapped over the 2 months. I probably did approximately 1 hour of reading a night for 5 or 6 days each week

Zach completed Modules 100 and 200 in 2016. Matriculated at Penn State.


Brett Tucker: After significant research, I selected the Penn State BADM program partially based on the flexibility in meeting the prerequisite requirements.  As an engineer, I had only my career experience to rely upon for understanding elementary business practices.  The MBA IQ program promised flexibility, but the magnitude of the content was unknown until I entered the program and explored the material.  Do not get overwhelmed.  I decomposed the material by module and subject matter area and initially allocated about a month of time for completion of each of the three modules.  I found that 45 days or so was a reasonable goal provided that you maintain a steady strain of study every day with moderately increased effort on the weekends. I would approximate 16 hours of diligent study per week will get you through all three modules in about 4 months. 

I quickly learned that I was not going to be able to read straight through the material. I also struggled to focus on subject matter areas that I had familiarity.  For example, I have a Project Management Professional certification, so I knew that I wanted to either omit or skim that section.  I recommend that you use the “flash cards” to gain a sense for the topics covered in each section.  If you find that you know the material found in the flashcards, it is relatively safe to focus your energy on other sections.  You are allowed to take the practice tests as often as you like.  I would strongly recommend taking the practice tests regularly to get used to the nature of the questions being asked and gage the depth of your study for each section. 

Brett completed Modules 100 and 200 in 2016. Matriculated at Penn State.


Nathan Koble: I did all of the modules and can speak to them from two perspectives: (1) as someone whose previous academic work was not in business and (2) as someone who was out of the classroom for several years.  As someone whose previous academic degrees are in communications, I felt these modules helped lay the groundwork for the program.  This groundwork was most helpful for Cost Management and Corporate Finance, two classes for which some prior topical understanding was most helpful in getting the most out of the courses.  I would also say the modules served as a "spring training" of sorts getting me back in the routine of spending time studying before and after work and on the weekends. 

Brett completed Modules 100 and 200 in 2016. Matriculated at Penn State.


Matt McCambridge: The modules provided a very comprehensive review set of an undergraduate and MBA entry-level education.  I completed all three modules over the course of 2 months with a newborn infant taking up a majority of my time.  I worked through the modules mostly at night, probably for a total of 10 hours per week reading and taking notes.  The module quizzes and final review quizzes were extremely helpful to prepare for the final exam.  If anything, I would caution that the modules are not of equal length and I recall them to be front-loaded.

Matt completed Modules 100, 200, and 300 in 2017. Matriculated at Penn State.


Based on conversations with previous registrants, the best chance of success is to plan on investing approximately 10 hours of effort each week for 2-3 months in order to complete all three modules.