Program FAQ

From Acton MBA - UFM

Can you enroll in Acton without any previous work experience?

Acton accepts a reduced number of students a year who apply directly after college. For these select students, there is an even greater emphasis on college scores, history of leadership positions, community involvement, internships, after-school jobs, etc., to make up for the lack of work experience.

How long is the Acton program?

The Acton program begins with Pre-Matriculation in the trimester you set to begin classes, which prepares you to step into the classroom with some basic knowledge. The first trimester begins in January and runs through April, the second begins in May and runs through August, the third begins in September and runs through December. You may decide to take one, two, or up to three courses per cycle. This will depend on how quickly you are set to finish the program and how you can accommodate your work demands.

What does Pre-Matriculation entail?

You will be doing work in Cash & Valuation, Life of Meaning, Operations and Customers. Pre-Mat is delivered to you through email, so you can work on it as soon as you gain admission into the program.

Does Acton have a part-time program?

Yes. You may take the UFM Acton MBA program in an executive format, and enroll in one, two, up to three courses per cycle. However, you still need to consider the heavily-packed weeks you will be having. You must learn how to administer your time to keep up with the demands of our program.

Am I able to work while enrolled in Acton?

Yes. If you enroll in our part-time format you may work and do Acton at the same time.

What is the usual class size?

The classroom will accommodate 15-30 students.

Is the program going to be in English?

All the materials and books are in English and whenever we have a guest teacher from the U.S. the class will be dictated in English. In cases when the teacher and the students all speak native Spanish, the class may be in Spanish. However, as a student you must be fluent in speaking, reading, and writing in English to be able to participate in the program.

How much time will I need to prepare for each class?

For both the Entrepreneurial Journey and the Operations Courses, every case requires 4 to 7 hours of preparation. For the Life of Meaning Course, it will take you between 2 to 5 hours of preparation for every case. When you attend class, you must be able to make a clear presentation of what you would do if you were in the shoes of the entrepreneur of the case. This presentation often involves making financial projections and strategic decisions about customers, operations, and cash management. For each of the courses, you will typically prepare 2 cases each week.

What happens if I miss a class?

If you can’t make it to a class, you should inform the UFM staff. It is your responsability to provide valid proof for your absence. You will also be required to submit a write-up of the case for that session. If you miss more than 3 case discussions, even if justified, the Acton Committee may ask you to drop the course.

How will I be graded?

Grades are based on class participation and two exams, one in the middle of each course and another at the end. Exams require the student to analyze a real life case and present a written proposal to confront the challenges presented in the case.

Do I have to purchase any books?

No, all materials will be provided at the beginning of the course. The materials are made up of Harvard Cases and Notes that will be used for class discussions.

When and where are the in-person classes held?

In person classes are held at Universidad Francisco Marroquín campus located in Guatemala City.

Is Acton accredited?

Acton is a program of Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

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