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Graduate Degree Programs

Business Administration (BADMN)

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RICHARD YOUNG, Graduate Program Director
Penn State Harrisburg, School of Business Administration
777 West 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

Students served by the M.B.A. program are, primarily, nontraditional and reside in south-central Pennsylvania. With the exception of a small percentage of students who are full-time, they are employees of area businesses, state and local governments, and not-for-profit organizations, who study on a part-time basis. In order to accommodate both full- and part-time students, courses are offered primarily in the late afternoon and evening--with occasional offerings on weekends.

The program is intended not only to satisfy current individual needs for professional growth, but also to foster lifelong learning. As an outcome of the program, students may expect to gain participative strengths, problem solving and critical thinking skills, technical expertise, and desirable attitudes and values, particularly ethical values needed in the conduct of business.

To strengthen the educational experience, the Program places high priority on teaching and currency of curriculum, with an emphasis on oral and written communication, research, and cross-functional integration of concepts.

Locations

The degree is offered in its entirety on the Penn State Harrisburg campus located in Middletown, PA. In addition some graduate business courses are offered each semester at the extension center in Lancaster on the campus of the centrally located Franklin and Marshall College. The offerings at Lancaster are limited and potential students will be required to take courses at the Middletown campus in order to complete the degree.  Students should contact the program office for information on specific semester course offerings.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Decisions are based primarily on undergraduate junior/senior grade-point average and scores from either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

(Please visit www.mba.com/ (Opens New Window) for more information about the GMAT) or www.ets.org/gre for information about the GRE). Postbaccalaureate course work, professional experience, and the statements provided in the application are also taken into account.

Students are also required to submit:

  • --a completed online application form with application fee
  • --two copies of 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

For complete admission information, on-line application, and the latest updates on admission requirements and procedures, please consult the College Web page at www.hbg.psu.edu/ (Opens New Window).

International Students

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores fro the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the papaer-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the Internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires completion of specified remedial English courses ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) and attainment of a grade of B or higher. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

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 July 18 for admission to the fall semester, November 18 for the spring semester, and April 18 for admission to the summer session.

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

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 college-level courses in calculus and statistics such as QUANT 310 or MATH 110, plus STAT 200; or (2) by successful completion of proficiency examinations in calculus and statistics 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 microcomputer applications. This requirement can be satisfied through of a college-level microcomputer 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 microcomputer course such as MIS 103 or COMPSC 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) 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 BUS 500 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 tertiary (post-secondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. 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 30-credit M.B.A. Program. 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 500, BUS 505, BUSEC 502, BUSEC 503, MNGMT 511; either MNGMT 522 or MNGMT 523; and MRKT 513.

Degree Requirements

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

Prescribed Courses: 18 credits, aimed at developing general competence for overall management. ACCT 540, BUS 515, BUS 588, BUS 589, FINAN 521, INFSY 540, MNGMT 514, MKTG 514.

Elective Courses/Tracks: 12 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 five areas: (1) the E-business Track is intended to provide competencies enabling managers to develop and implement a global marketing strategy using Internet-based technology; (2) the Human Resource Management Track is intended to provide competencies enabling managers to organize and operate high performing work organizations that are both efficient and human; (3) the Financial Analysis Track provides competencies needed to control competitive performance, and to develop improvement and innovation in all parts of the organization; (4) the Accounting Track is designed to offer those additional courses for students having prior academic preparation in accounting to enable them to take the Certified Public Accountant examination; and (5) 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.

Tracks:
E-business: The objective of this Track is to examine and apply concepts, models, and techniques from the fields of business and information technology for value chain management and support of the domestic and global strategy of the business enterprise. Internet technologies that enable opportunities in marketing, sales, research and development, promotion, procurement, inventory control, manufacturing, supply chain management, order status checking, and payment systems are examined.

Required Courses (6 credits):

  • INFSY 543 Foundations of E-business (3)
  • MRKT 586 Internet Marketing (3)

Electives (6 credits):
Select 6 credits from INFSY 544(3); MRKT 587(3); or, in consultation with an adviser, from courses in such areas as supply chain management; research and development; promotion; inventory control; procurement; international finance; and international management to meet the objectives of the Track.

Human Resource Management: The objective of this Track is to examine and apply models and techniques from human resources management, labor relations, and behavioral science for the planning and organization of work and work systems to promote cooperation and collaboration, individual and group initiative, innovation, motivation, and flexibility. Also examined are techniques and mechanisms used to develop and maintain a work environment and work climate supportive of performance excellence, full participation, employee well-being and satisfaction, and personal and organizational learning and growth.

Required Courses (9 credits):

  • MNGMT 505 Managing Human Resources(3)
  • MNGMT 515 Labor Management Relations(3)
  • MNGMT 545 Employment Law for Business(3)

Electives ( 3 credits):
Select 3 credits from MNGMT 520(3); MNGMT 570(3); or, in consultation with an adviser, from courses in such areas as human resources management; labor relations; behavioral science; and international management to meet the objectives of the Track.

Accounting: The objective of this track is to provide the student, when combined with an undergraduate degree in accounting or sufficient additional coursework, with the stipulated number of academic credits to meet the education requirements of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants for taking the C.P.A. examination. Emphasis is placed on advanced level accounting skills including auditing, financial reporting, and taxation.

In consultation with their adviser, a student shall select 12 credits from the following:

  • ACCT 504 Auditing Theory and Practice (3)
  • ACCT 510 Business Tax Planning: Theory and Practice (3)
  • ACCT 545 Strategic Cost Management (3)
  • ACCT 572 Financial Reporting I (3)
  • ACCT 573 Financial Reporting II (3)

Financial Analysis: The objective of this Track is to examine and apply models and techniques from finance and accounting for the planning, analysis, control, and improvement of competitive performance, organizational health, ethical business practices, performance capabilities, and progress toward key business results, strategic objectives, and changing organizational goals. Particular emphasis is placed on approaches for translating those analyses into priorities for improvement and opportunities for innovation at all levels, and in all parts of the organization.

Required Courses (6 credits):

  • FINAN 531 Managing Financial Operations(3)
  • ACCT 561 Financial Statement Analysis II(3)

Electives ( 6 credits):
Select 6 graduate credits in Accounting and/or Finance, in consultation with an adviser, to meet the objectives of the Track.

General Business: The objective of this Track is to allow students to select graduate courses that meet their personal and professional goals.

Select 12 credits:
Select 12 graduate credits, in consultation with an adviser, to meet the objectives of the Track. With Program approval, a maximum of 6 graduate credits may be selected in courses outside of the School of Business Administration.

Transfer Credit and Course Substitutions

Transfer Credits: Up to 10 transfer credits may be applied toward the degree. However, credits used to complete a previous degree may not be applied. Transfer credits must have been completed within the past five years, appear on a graduate transcript, and have been passed with a B grade or higher and been earned in an equivalent graduate-level program at a regionally accredited, college-level institution. It must be the opinion of the reviewing faculty that these courses are equivalent in quality to those offered at Penn State Harrisburg.

Course substitutions: Some students enter the Program with advanced coursework in one or more subject areas (e.g., a degree in accounting plus a C.P.A.) making some prescribed coursework redundant. Except for BUS 588 and BUS 589, both of 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 at a regionally accredited institution within the past five years and have earned a grade of B or higher.

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.

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, 717-948-6307.

Graduate Assistantships

Full-time graduate students who are interested in an assistantship should contact the graduate program coordinator. Students must be nominated for an assistantship by their program coordinator.

Students applying for an assistantship should submit scores from the Graduate Management Admissions test, or similar examinations by January 30.

Joint Degree Offering with the Penn State Dickinson School of Law

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

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

Joint Degree Programs

The Dickinson School of Law and the School of Business Administration of Penn State Harrisburg offer cooperative programs leading to the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.) to be granted by the Dickinson School of 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 The Dickinson School of Law. Subsequently, the student is recommended for and applies for admission to the Graduate School for the Penn State Harrisburg M.B.A. Program.

The following are required for applicants:

The Dickinson School of Law: Completed Law School application; Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score; Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) report; one page personal statement; employment record since high school; two letters of recommendation.

M.B.A. Program: Completed Graduate School application; Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE); letter of recommendation from the Associate Dean of the Dickinson School of Law; evidence of proficiency in analytic skills through college-level calculus and statistics demonstrated either by completion of courses or successful completion of proficiency examinations approved by the M.B.A. Program; evidence of proficiency in microcomputer applications skills; proficiency in writing evidenced by a score of "4" or higher on the Analytical Writing Assessment portion of the GMAT or GRE; evidence of proficiency in the academic disciplines of accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management and information sciences equivalent to that provided by completion of an integrated four-year business program, or completion of additional course work at the graduate level. Each course must have been completed with a grade of B or higher within seven years prior to admission to the M.B.A. program. The School of Business Administration will review the applicant's transcripts for acceptability of the courses.

No courses from the M.B.A. program may count toward the J.D. program until the student is matriculated at The Dickinson School of Law. However, graduate-level courses taken in the M.B.A. program at Penn State Harrisburg, or at another regionally accredited graduate-level institution may be applied to the M.B.A. in accordance with the transfer policies of Graduate Council.

Transfer of Credits

Nine credits of course work at The Dickinson School of Law may be transferred toward the M.B.A. degree, subject to Program approval. Students must obtain a grade satisfactory to the M.B.A. program in order for the credits to be transferable. Nine credits of M.B.A. courses may be transferred for credit toward the J.D. degree at The Dickinson School of 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 The Dickinson School of 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.

Tuition

The Dickinson School of 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, call the Law school at 717-240-5207 or 800-840-1122, or visit the Law School and Penn State Harrisburg web sites at:
Law.psu.edu/
www.hbg.psu.edu/

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 Programs

The Penn State College of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences program, and the School of Business Administration of Penn State Harrisburg, The Capital College offer cooperative programs leading to the degrees of doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biomedical Sciences to be granted by the College of Medicine, and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Business Administration to be 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 programs require that the student first be admitted to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. Subsequently, the student is recommended for and applies for admission to the Graduate School for the Penn State Harrisburg M.B.A. program.

The following are required for applicants:

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program: Completed application; Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score; a bachelor's degree reflecting a reasonable background in zoology or biology, mathematics and chemistry; a minimum junior/senior grade point average of 3.00 and with appropriate course backgrounds; two letters of recommendation; a curriculum vitae; a description of career goals. Reading knowledge of one or two foreign languages is recommended.

M.B.A. Program: Completed Graduate School application; Graduate Management Admission test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score; letter of recommendation from the department chair of the Biomedical Sciences Program; evidence of proficiency in analytic skills through college-level calculus and statistics demonstrated either by completion of course or successful completion of a mathematics proficiency examination approved by the program; evidence of proficiency in microcomputer applications skills; proficiency in writing evidenced by a score of "4" or higher on the Writing Assessment portion of the GMAT or GRE; evidence of proficiency in the academic disciplines of accounting, finance, economics, marketing, management and information sciences equivalent to that provided by completion of an integrated four-year business program, or completion of additional course work at the graduate level. Each course must have been completed with a grade of B or higher within seven years prior to admission to the M.B.A. program. The School of Business Administration will review the applicant's transcripts for acceptability of the courses.

No courses from the M.B.A. program may count toward the Ph.D. until the student is admitted to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. However, graduate-level courses taken in the M.B.A. program at Penn State Harrisburg, or at another graduate-level institution, may be applied to the M.B.A. in accordance with the transfer policies of Graduate Council.

Transfer of Credits

Nine credits of course work in biomedical sciences may be transferred toward the M.B.A., subject to program approval. Students must obtain a grade satisfactory to the M.B.A. program in order for the credits to be transferable. Nine credits of M.B.A. coursework may be transferred 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.

The Course Matrix

For more information and the latest updates on the concurrent programs, call the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at 717-531-1045 or visit the websites at:
www.http://med.psu.edu/web/biomedical-sciences/home
www.hbg.psu.edu/programs/master-business-administration (Opens New Window)


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

 

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Review Date: 11/19/2013

Editorial changes completed: 3/4/2013

Faculty linked: 8/14/14