The altMBA application takes intention and consideration.
We recommend setting aside an hour to complete it.
Session duration: Monday, July 10th – Thursday, August 10th
Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 28th at 11:59 PM EST (First Priority Decision)
Duration: 31 days
Hourly commitment: 20 hours per week (including live calls)
Main Schedule (Eastern, Central, Pacific, and GMT Times)
Below is the recurring weekly learning cycle. Timing is based on the time zone a student selects. For example, if a student opts for the Eastern time zone, they will meet with their learning group on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 PM – 9 PM and Sundays from 9 AM – 5 PM based in the Eastern Time Zone (New York).
AEST/AEDT (Sydney) Schedule
Below is the recurring weekly learning cycle. Timing is based in AEST/AEDT (Sydney time zone). Students in the AEST/AEDT cohort will meet with their learning group on Wednesdays & Fridays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, and Sundays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Sydney Time).
It’s important to know the altMBA was designed for leaders working full-time with busy schedules. That said, it’s a commitment. Real change takes time, effort, and a willingness to show up. This time is for you.
There are live Zoom learning group meetings 3 times per week and the rest of the week is dedicated to feedback and reflection. Please see the time zone schedules above for learning group meeting times.
Students are required to choose one of the five time zone options: Pacific (Los Angeles), Central (Chicago), Eastern (New York), GMT (London), or AEST/AEDT (Sydney Time). Students will not be able to change their time zone once the workshop begins.
There are 13 written prompts total. Each prompt will focus on a specific topic or skill that is critical to being a successful leader.
It’s important to know that each prompt is in written format. It will include context around a given subject and an action for students to complete. Most of the actions will allow students to specifically work on their real-life goals in the context of the prompt.
The outcome of the 31 days is that students create new habits and develop a new mindset to better manage a team, build a business, or make a career transition.
The cost of tuition is $4,950. This includes the workshop and course materials. There are not additional fees or taxes.
The altMBA workshop is offered in English-only. In order for students to get the most out of the experience, the ability to speak, write and read in English is mandatory.
Each session we get more qualified applicants than we have room for—so applying early is important, and it important for every applicant to find a way to stand out. With that aim in mind, we put together five pro-tips on what we’re looking for.
1. You’re more than a resume
Yes, your career trajectory tells us a little about you, but we want to know who you are beyond your professional goals and achievements. Consider telling us more about where you’ve been, where you’re going, what you’re passionate about, how you spend your free time, moments of change…
To go the extra mile, adding your personal website, blog, a special application video will help us add context to your written application. It’s not required, but that might be the point.
We can’t get to know the real you, but we can try.
2. Are you ready to show up?
The altMBA works because there are more than a hundred other people looking out for you, contributing to you, rooting for you. And we make that happen by selecting people who are eager to do that for others.
This is a commitment of time, money, and energy, so putting the effort into your application is a signal that you’re ready to show up for yourself and your classmates.
3. Is it a fit?
The altMBA is an intense 4-week sprint that requires commitment (we know you’ve heard it before) — you can consider it a passionate side hustle. It’s not only important for you to demonstrate why you would be a good fit for the workshop but why the altMBA is a good fit for you.
Communicating why the altMBA is critical to your journey will help us determine if we can help you make the change you’re looking to make.
4. Don’t wait
What do exceptional leaders have in common? They don’t wait. They ship and they ship often. The same applies to submitting your application.
Competition gets tougher as we near the final deadline for each session. There are only a limited number of seats per workshop and once we’re full, we’re full.
5. Spelling and grammar…
While the internet is a grammarian’s nightmare, in some places, a few extra minutes of attention to detail matter. The altMBA has a lot of written work so spelling and grammar make a difference. Articulation is critical and part of that is communicating in a clear, thoughtful way.
Take a minute to read over your application one more time before you hit submit. The extra polish you add doesn’t go unnoticed!
Mostly: apply. Simply apply. That’s the most important tip we can share.
To date, there have been more than 50 fully-enrolled sessions of the altMBA.
Our community has 5,000+ leaders from 90+ countries.