ALFRED G. WARNER, Academic Director of the M.B.A. Program
Penn State Behrend
5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563
The Penn State Erie M.B.A. is a general degree emphasizing development of the planning and problem-solving skills crucial in middle and upper management. Course work emphasizes the integration of business functions and the practical application of theory in the business world, using cases, simulated problems and actual situations students are experiencing at work. Many students are fully employed professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. Both full-time and part-time study are possible and the program can be completed by attending evening and daytime classes.
Admission is granted only to candidates who demonstrate high promise of success for graduate work. Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.
Applicants are required to take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)* administered by the Pearson VUE on behalf of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).
Admission decisions are based on the following: undergraduate grade-point average; the degree of correspondence between the applicant's objectives and those of the program; three letters of reference; and GMAT score. Favorable consideration will be given to applicants who have significant work experience. A minimum GMAT score of 450 is required. However, admission is competitive and higher scores may be required, depending on the qualifications of the applicants. Admission is open during the fall and spring semesters, as well as during the summer session.
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in writing by having earned a grade of B or higher in a college English composition or writing course or by achieving a score of four or higher on the GMAT Analytical Writing Assessment. Students who fail to meet at least one of these two criteria must complete a college English composition or writing course and earn a grade of B or higher or retake the GMAT test and score four or higher on the Analytical Writing Assessment. This requirement must be satisfied during either the first semester or summer session of the student's matriculation.
*GMAT Waivers will be considered in the following circumstances:
- The applicant has a completed master's degree, MD, JD or Ph.D. form a regionally accredited institution
- The applicant has post-graduate full-time professional work experience of 7 years or more
- The applicant has post-graduate full-time work experience of 3 to 7 years and an Undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher
- The applicant has less than three years of post-graduate full time work experience and an Undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.
The Master of Business Administration degree program consists of two parts:
Demonstration of subject matter competence: Students are expected to demonstrate fundamental competence in accounting, finance, economics, management, marketing, operations management, and statistics prior to taking the Required Courses. Applicants who have, within seven years prior to the date of their admission to degree candidacy, completed a baccalaureate degree in business from a regionally accredited institution that includes introductory courses in these disciplines will be considered to have demonstrated competence as long as the previously completed courses carry grades of B or higher. An applicant who, within seven years prior to his or her admission to degree candidacy, completed a baccalaureate degree in a non-business field from a regionally accredited institution that includes equivalent undergraduate or graduate courses carrying a grade of B or higher will also be considered to have demonstrated competence. Applicants who attained currency of knowledge through relevant business experience or continuing professional education in one or more of the subject areas may demonstrate competence through examination.
Required Courses (21 credits): These courses provide greater depth of knowledge in the subject areas included. This component of the MBA program consists of seven 3-credit courses that cover advanced topics in cost management, managing effective organizations, quantitative methods for business, leadership and ethics, corporate finance, marketing strategy, and strategic management and business policy. The program capstone is B ADM 514 (3 credits), which is a semester long industry and business analysis problem, culminating in a final, integrated paper.
All students are required to complete the following courses: B ADM 510, B ADM 512, B ADM 513, B ADM 514, B ADM 526, B ADM 532 and B ADM 554 unless they can demonstrate advanced knowledge of the course subject matter through prior course work, extensive experience and/or advanced professional education. Students who believe they have knowledge of a required course must submit a written request and documentation describing their knowledge of the course subject matter. If approved, the student will substitute an additional elective course for the required course.
Elective Courses (9 credits): All students are required to take 9 credits of elective courses covering advanced topics of their choice. MBA students may apply a maximum of 6 credits of approved 400-level course work toward elective requirements. Course work at the 400 level must be approved by the director of the MBA program and cannot have been used for another degree.
Transfer Credits: Students may transfer a maximum of 10 credits from another regionally accredited graduate program or recognized degree-granting institution to fulfill elective and/or required courses. Application of transfer credits to the student's academic program must be approved by the director of the MBA program and be in compliance with Graduate School requirements described in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.
Graduate assistantships and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2016
Blue Sheet Item #: 44-07-000
Review Date: 06/28/2016
Faculty linked: 8/14/14