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Graduate Degree Programs

Business Administration (BADMN)

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Oranee Tawatnuntachai, Director
Penn State Harrisburg, School of Business Administration
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
E-355 Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
717-948-6140
mbahbg@psu.edu

Degree Conferred:

M.B.A.

The Graduate Faculty

The Program

The MBA program is intended to provide graduates with a foundation for personal and professional growth and lifelong learning; a firm grounding in the academic disciplines underlying the field of business; participative strengths; and decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Major emphasis is placed on the social, legal, and ethical context of business—particularly ethical values needed in the conduct of business. Program faculty place high value on teaching and currency of curriculum, an emphasis on oral and written communication, collaborative learning, and cross-functional integration of concepts.

Locations

The degree is offered in its entirety on the Penn State Harrisburg campus located in Middletown, PA. To provide flexibility for students, some courses are also offered online or in a hybrid format (i.e., a blend of resident instruction and online). Students should contact the program office for information on specific semester course offerings.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

The admission decision is based on the applicant's entire admission portfolio consisting of undergraduate degree, post baccalaureate course work, scores from either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE), professional experience, letters of recommendation, and statements provided in the application. An applicant with significant work experience may be admitted with a lower GMAT or GRE score, while an applicant with limited work experience may be admitted with a higher GMAT or GRE score and an outstanding undergraduate background.

Standardized Test Requirements Waiver: The GMAT or GRE requirement may be waived for the following applicants:

  • Graduates from business, engineering, science or related fields with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • Members of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honors society.
  • Ph.D., J.D., M.D., or Master's degree holders in business, engineering, science or related fields from a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

Please note that there is no GMAT/GRE waiver for applicants seeking graduate assistantships.

Please visit the GMAT website or the GRE website for information about these examinations.

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. The candidate is required to submit:

  • a completed online application form with application fee
  • official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • GMAT or GRE test scores (the test must have been taken within the past five years)
  • two letters of recommendation
  • resume

International Students

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) may be required for international applicants. Consult the English Proficiency section of the Graduate Bulletin Application and Admission Procedures page for more information.


Application Dates

Candidates may enter the program at the beginning of the fall or spring semester, or the summer session. To allow time for applications to be processed, all information, including the GMAT or GRE score, should be received by the admissions office no later than:

  • Fall Semester - July 18
  • Spring Semester - November 18
  • Summer Session - April 18

Applicants from outside the United States must follow the early admission dates in order to allow the necessary clearances and paperwork to be processed in time. International application deadline dates are:

  • Fall Semester--May 31
  • Spring Semester--September 30
  • Summer Session--February 28

To be considered for a graduate assistantship, applicants must submit a complete application by March 1. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load policy listed in the Bulletin.

Preparation for the Program

Analytic Skills Requirement: Students must demonstrate competence in analytic skills. This requirement can be satisfied in one of two ways: (1) by satisfactory completion of a college-level mathematics course; or (2) by successful completion of a proficiency examination in mathematics approved by the M.B.A. program. This requirement must be satisfied by the first semester or summer session of the student's matriculation, and completed with a grade of C or higher.

Computer Skills Requirement: Students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of computer applications. This requirement can be satisfied through a college-level computer applications course within the past five years with a grade of a B or higher, or by documented, significant, computer-related work experience. If this requirement has not been met prior to admission, a college-level computer course such as MIS 204 or CMPSC 203 is required. Course work must be completed by the first semester or summer session of the student's matriculation with a grade of B or higher.

Communications Skills Requirement: Successful completion of the M.B.A. program requires the ability to think clearly, and to write and speak persuasively. Part of this requirement can be satisfied by achieving a score of "4" or higher on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Analytical Writing Assessment. If this score is not achieved, students must satisfy this requirement through additional course work in writing skills such as ENGL 202D or other work developed in consultation with the M.B.A. program. This requirement must be satisfied by the first semester or summer session of the student's matriculation. All courses taken must be completed with a grade of B or higher. The speech component of this requirement is satisfied through individual and group presentations in MNGMT 511 and other courses in the M.B.A. program.

Foundation Courses:
The MBA program is grounded in the academic disciplines of accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management, and information sciences, among others, in order to provide students with the conceptual foundation required for competent pursuit of more advanced studies in business administration as well as the ethical and legal management of profit and non-profit organizations. This background can be provided by course work taken at the graduate level or as part of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. All courses must have been completed with a grade of B or higher, within seven years prior to admission to the M.B.A. program. Course work not meeting the tests of relevancy, quality, or currency must be taken at the graduate level prior to starting the relevant prescribed courses and electives. Time limits may be waived by the M.B.A. program on the basis of post-graduation training or current and relevant work experience. Courses available at Penn State Harrisburg that provide the necessary foundation for graduate business study include: ACCT 501, BUS 505, BUSEC 502, MNGMT 511; either MNGMT 522 or MNGMT 523; and MRKT 513.

Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

The M.B.A. degree requires 30 credits of course work at the graduate level (500- or 800-level). These credits are distributed over two clusters of courses: Prescribed Courses and Elective Courses/Tracks.

Prescribed Courses: 21 credits in ACCT 540, BUS 510, BUS 515, BUS 588, either FINAN 521, or FINAN 530, INFSY 540, and MRKT 514. The prescribed courses develop key competencies in functional areas of business and BUS 588, a capstone course, integrates knowledge from all functional areas. The capstone project, completed while the student is enrolled in BUS 588, is a feasibility study incorporating firm-level business strategies leading to sustainable competitive advantage.

Elective Courses/Tracks: 9 credits. Students may elect courses in clusters of "Tracks" organized around a common theme designed to be integrative and cohesive. The Tracks provide competencies and skill sets for decision making in seven areas: (1) The Accounting Track is designed to offer additional courses for students having prior academic preparation in accounting to enable them to satisfy the educational requirements for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure in Pennsylvania and most other states; (2) the Business Analytics Track is intended to enhance data analytical skills enabling managers to synthesize data to make strategic decisions; (3) the Finance Track provides advanced corporate finance and investment knowledge enabling managers to apply various financial tools in decision making; (4) the Information Systems Track is designed to provide competencies enabling managers to develop and implement information technology; (5) the Strategic Leadership and Innovation Track is intended to further sharpen leadership and management skills; (6) the Supply Chain Management Track provides competencies needed to develop improvement and innovation in organizational supply chains; and (7) the General Business Track is provided for students who wish to develop a broad generalist program, or who have a particular personal or professional goals not met by one of the other tracks. The list of approved courses that will satisfy these tracks is maintained by the graduate program office.

Transfer Credit and Course Substitutions

Transfer Credits: Penn State allows a maximum of 10 transfer credits of high-quality work to be applied toward the requirements for a graduate degree, subject to restrictions outlined in the Transfer Courses section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Course substitutions: Some students enter the program with advanced course work in one or more subject areas (e.g., a degree in accounting plus a C.P.A.) making some prescribed course work redundant. Except for BUS 588 which must be taken at Penn State Harrisburg, students may petition or be advised by the program to replace up to 6 credits in Prescribed Courses with an equivalent number of credits of more advanced graduate courses in the same subject area. Courses must have been completed within five years prior to the date of first degree registration at the Graduate School of Penn State, must be of at least B quality (grades of B- are not acceptable), and must appear on an official transcript of a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an officially recognized degree-granting international institution.

Grade-point Average and Time Limit

A 3.00 (out of 4.00) minimum grade-point average is required for the M.B.A. degree. All course work must be completed within six years, or seven consecutive summers of matriculation.

Joint Degree Offering with the Penn State Dickinson Law

Penn State Harrisburg, The Capital College, School of Business Administration
Penn State Dickinson School of Law

Degrees Conferred:
J.D. (Dickinson Law)
M.B.A. (The Capital College)

Joint Degree Programs

Penn State Dickinson Law and the School of Business Administration at Penn State Harrisburg offer cooperative programs leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.) to be granted by the Dickinson Law and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) to be granted by Penn State Harrisburg, The Capital College. This joint degree opportunity facilitates the completion of both a law degree and a professional master's degree in business administration.

Admission Requirements

The joint programs require that the student first be admitted to Penn State Dickinson Law. Subsequently, the student is recommended for and applies for admission to the Graduate School for the Penn State Harrisburg M.B.A. program. Students must apply to and meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, as well as those listed in the “Admissions Requirements” section above. Admissions requirements and applications for Penn State Dickinson Law are available at the Admissions & Aid section of its website.

Degree Requirements

To earn the M.B.A. degree, students in the joint degree program must complete all of the degree requirements for the M.B.A. degree described above. Nine credits of course work at Penn State Dickinson Law may be double-counted toward the M.B.A. degree, subject to Business Administration program approval. Students must obtain a grade satisfactory to the M.B.A. program in order for the credits to be double-counted. Nine credits of M.B.A. course work may be double-counted toward the J.D. degree at the Penn State Dickinson Law, subject to the approval of the School of Law.

Advising of Students

All students in the joint degree program have two advisers, one in the School of Business Administration and one from the faculty at Penn State Dickinson Law. Because the joint degree program is designed to be taken in synchrony with the objective that both degrees will be earned simultaneously, students who do not demonstrate progress toward completion of both degrees may be denied continuation in the joint degree program. Such a decision will rest jointly with the faculties of the M.B.A. program and the J.D. program. Students can graduate with one degree before the other as long as they have completed all of the requirements for the degree. If students accepted into the joint degree program are unable to complete the J.D. degree, they are still eligible to receive the M.B.A. degree if all the M.B.A. degree requirements have been satisfied.

Tuition

Penn State Dickinson Law and Penn State Harrisburg will each charge their own tuition to students in the joint degree program.

Additional Information

For more information and the latest updates on the joint degree program, contact Penn State Dickinson Law or the M.B.A. program at Penn State Harrisburg.

Concurrent Degree Offering with the Penn State College of Medicine Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Penn State Harrisburg, The Capital College, School of Business Administration
Penn State College of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Degrees Conferred:
Ph.D. (College of Medicine)
M.B.A. (The Capital College)

Concurrent Degree Program

The Penn State College of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences program, and the School of Business Administration of Penn State Harrisburg, The Capital College, offer a cooperative program leading to the degrees of doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Sciences granted by the College of Medicine, and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Business Administration granted by The Capital College. This concurrent degree opportunity facilitates the completion of both a doctorate in biomedical sciences and a professional master's degree in business administration. The program is designed primarily for students interested in pursuing a career involving high-quality independent research and positions of management responsibility within the biomedical sciences community.

Admission Requirements:
The concurrent program requires that the student first be admitted to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Subsequently, the student is recommended for and applies for admission to the Penn State Harrisburg M.B.A. program by completing a Concurrent Graduate Degree Programs Plan of Study form.

Applicants to the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program must meet all admissions requirements listed on the Biomedical Sciences Bulletin page. Applicants to the Penn State Harrisburg M.B.A. program must meet all admissions requirements for the Harrisburg M.B.A. program, described in the “Admissions Requirements” section above.

Degree Requirements

To earn the M.B.A. degree, students in the concurrent degree program must complete all of the degree requirements for the M.B.A. degree, described above. Nine credits of course work in biomedical sciences may be double-counted toward the M.B.A., subject to Business Administration program approval. Students must obtain a grade satisfactory to the M.B.A. program in order for the credits to be double-counted. Nine credits of M.B.A. course work may be double-counted for credit toward the Ph.D. degree, subject to the approval of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.

Advising of Students

All students in the concurrent program have two advisers, one in the School of Business Administration, and one from the faculty in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Because the concurrent program is designed to be taken in synchrony with the objective that both degrees will be earned simultaneously, students who do not demonstrate progress toward completion of both degrees may be denied continuation in the concurrent program. Such a decision will rest jointly with the faculties of the M.B.A. and the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. programs. Students can graduate with one degree before the other as long as they have completed all of the requirements for that degree. If students accepted into the concurrent degree program are unable to complete the Ph.D. degree, they are still eligible to receive the M.B.A. degree if all the M.B.A. degree requirements have been satisfied.

Additional Information

For more information and the latest updates on the concurrent program, contact the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program or the M.B.A. program at Penn State Harrisburg


Financial Aid

A limited number of scholarships, fellowships, and research grants are available, as well as several graduate assistantships. For more information on these, contact the School of Business Administration.

Many students work full-time and take classes part-time. In many cases, employers have a tuition-reimbursement plan paying for partial or full tuition. To find other options available to you, contact the Financial Aid Office.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Student Aid section of the Graduate Bulletin. Full-time graduate students who are interested in an assistantship should contact the program director. Students must be nominated for an assistantship by their program director. Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load policy listed in the Bulletin.

Students applying for an assistantship should submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) by the deadline.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. For more information, see the Graduate Credits section of the Graduate Bulletin.

 


ACCOUNTING (ACCT) course list

BUSINESS (BUS) course list

FINANCIAL ANALYSIS (FINAN) course list

INFORMATION SYSTEMS (INFSY) course list

MANAGEMENT (MNGMT) course list

MARKETING (MRKT) course list

SUPPLY CHAIN (SC&IS) course list

 

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Review Date: 10/4/2016

Editorial changes completed: 3/4/2013

Faculty linked: 8/14/14

 

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