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University Bulletin
Graduate Degree Programs

Business Administration (BADMN)

Program Home Page

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 M.B.A. 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. Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission.

The admission decision is based on the applicant's entire admission portfolio consisting of undergraduate degree, post baccalaureate course work, either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, 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 accredited U.S. schools.
  • 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 accredited U.S. schools.

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

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

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

For complete admission information and the latest updates on admission requirements and procedures, please consult the Penn State Harrisburg website.

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, must 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

Credits obtained to fulfill program preparation and foundation courses cannot be applied towards the requirements for the degree.

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 M.B.A. 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 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, the required 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 courses required for each track and additional approved elective courses 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 transferable), and must appear on an official transcript of a regionally accredited U.S. institution or recognized degree-granting international institution.

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.) granted by the Penn State Dickinson Law and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) 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

Applicants to the joint degree program must apply and be admitted first to Dickinson Law. Subsequently, the student is recommended for and applies for admission to the Graduate School for the Master of Business Administration graduate program. Admissions requirements and applications for admission for Dickinson Law are listed in the J.D. Admissions section of the Dickinson Law website. The admission requirements for the Master of Business Administration are listed above.

Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill all requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree, subject to the double-counting of credits as outlined below. Degree requirements for the J.D. program are listed on the Penn State Dickinson Law website. Degree requirements for the M.B.A. degree are listed in the Degree Requirements section above. Nine credits of course work at The Dickinson School of Law may be double-counted 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 double-counted 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 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.

Integrated B.S. in Accounting/M.B.A. Program

The School of Business Administration offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science in Accounting candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the Master of Business Administration. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the students to earn both degrees in five years. Specifically, as many as twelve of the credits required for the master’s degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

If for any reason students admitted to the IUG program are unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree, the students will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree assuming all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

Admission Requirements

 Students apply to the program via the Graduate School application for admission, and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the admission requirements for the M.B.A., listed above. Students should mention in the notes section that the application is for the IUG program in Business Administration. Students must submit a resume, a personal statement including career goals and how the M.B.A. will enhance their career goals, official transcripts of all post-secondary courses taken outside Penn State, two letters of recommendation, with at least one from the School of Business Administration faculty, and a plan of study that integrates both undergraduate and graduate requirements. The plan should cover the entire time period of the integrated program, and it should be reviewed periodically with an adviser as the student advances through the program. A graduate faculty adviser in collaboration with the Director of M.B.A. Program will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the program; however, if students are interested in a graduate assistantship, GMAT or GRE scores must be submitted by the end of the eighth semester.

The number of openings in the IUG program is limited. Applicants to the IUG program must have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Students must be admitted to an IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree. In addition, the applicants must earn a minimum of cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete the following Entry to Major courses or equivalent: ACCTG 211 [4], ECON 102 [3], ENGL 015 or 030 [3], FIN 301 [3], MATH 110 or 140 [4], MGMT 301 [3], MKTG 301 [3] and STAT 200 [4] or SCM 200 [4].

Student applications will be evaluated based on their overall portfolio, in addition to the above requirements. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee in Business Administration.

Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill all requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree, subject to the double-counting of credits as outlined below. Degree requirements for the B.S. in Accounting are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Degree requirements for the M.B.A. degree are listed above. Up to 12 credits may be double-counted towards the degree requirements for both the graduate and undergraduate degrees. All courses counted for both degrees must be at the 500- or 800-level. Credits associated with culminating experience for the graduate degree cannot be double-counted. The M.B.A. courses that could possibly be double-counted include ACCT 504, ACCT 510, ACCT 532, ACCT 545, ACCT 561, ACCT 571, ACCT 572, ACCT 573, and FINAN 521.

Integrated B.S. in Finance/M.B.A. Program

The School of Business Administration offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science in Finance candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Finance and the Master of Business Administration. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the students to earn both degrees in five years. Specifically, as many as twelve of the credits required for the master’s degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

If for any reason students admitted to the IUG program are unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree, the students will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science in Finance degree assuming all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

Admission Requirements

Students apply to the program via the Graduate School application for admission, and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the admission requirements for the M.B.A., listed above. Students should mention in the notes section that the application is for the IUG program in Business Administration. Students must submit a resume, a personal statement including career goals and how the M.B.A. will enhance their career goals, official transcripts of all post-secondary courses taken outside Penn State, two letters of recommendation, with at least one from the School of Business Administration faculty, and a plan of study that integrates both undergraduate and graduate requirements. The plan should cover the entire time period of the integrated program, and it should be reviewed periodically with an adviser as the student advances through the program. A graduate faculty adviser in collaboration with the Director of M.B.A. Program will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the program; however, if students are interested in a graduate assistantship, GMAT or GRE scores must be submitted by the end of the eighth semester.

The number of openings in the IUG program is limited. Applicants to the IUG program must have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Students must be admitted to an IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree. In addition, the applicants must earn a minimum of cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete the following Entry to Major courses or equivalent: ACCTG 211 [4], ECON 102 [3], ENGL 015 or 030 [3], FIN 301 [3], MATH 110 or 140 [4], MGMT 301 [3], MKTG 301 [3] and STAT 200 [4] or SCM 200 [4].

Student applications will be evaluated based on their overall portfolio, in addition to the above requirements. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee in Business Administration.

Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill all requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree, subject to the double-counting of credits as outlined below. Degree requirements for the B.S. in Finance are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Degree requirements for the M.B.A. degree are listed above. Up to 12 credits may be double-counted towards the degree requirements for both the graduate and undergraduate degrees. All courses counted for both degrees must be at the 500- or 800-level. Credits associated with culminating experience for the graduate degree cannot be double-counted. The M.B.A. courses that could possibly be double-counted include ACCT 540, FINAN 518, FINAN 522, FINAN 523, FINAN 526, FINAN 527. FINAN 530, FINAN 531, and INFSY 540.

Integrated B.S. in Information Systems/M.B.A. Program

The School of Business Administration offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science in Information Systems candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and the Master of Business Administration. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the students to earn both degrees in five years. Specifically, as many as twelve of the credits required for the master’s degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

If for any reason students admitted to the IUG program are unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree, the students will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree assuming all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

Admission Requirements

Students apply to the program via the Graduate School application for admission, and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the admission requirements for the M.B.A., listed above. Students should mention in the notes section that the application is for the IUG program in Business Administration. Students must submit a resume, a personal statement including career goals and how the M.B.A. will enhance their career goals, official transcripts of all post-secondary courses taken outside Penn State, two letters of recommendation, with at least one from the School of Business Administration faculty, and a plan of study that integrates both undergraduate and graduate requirements. The plan should cover the entire time period of the integrated program, and it should be reviewed periodically with an adviser as the student advances through the program. A graduate faculty adviser in collaboration with the Director of M.B.A. Program will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the program; however, if students are interested in a graduate assistantship, GMAT or GRE scores must be submitted by the end of the eighth semester.

The number of openings in the IUG program is limited. Applicants to the IUG program must have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Students must be admitted to an IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree. In addition, the applicants must earn a minimum of cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete the following Entry to Major courses or equivalent: ACCTG 211 [4], ECON 102 [3], ENGL 015 or 030 [3], FIN 301 [3], MATH 110 or 140 [4], MGMT 301 [3], MKTG 301 [3] and STAT 200 [4] or SCM 200 [4].

Student applications will be evaluated based on their overall portfolio, in addition to the above requirements. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee in Business Administration.

Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill all requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree, subject to the double-counting of credits as outlined below. Degree requirements for the B.S. in Information Systems are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Degree requirements for the M.B.A. degree are listed above. Up to 12 credits may be double-counted towards the degree requirements for both the graduate and undergraduate degrees. All courses counted for both degrees must be at the 500- or 800-level. Credits associated with culminating experience for the graduate degree cannot be double-counted. The M.B.A. courses that could possibly be double-counted include FINAN 521, INFSY 540, INFSY 547, INFSY 555, INFSY 560, INFSY 565, INFSY 566, and INFSY 570.

Integrated B.S. in Management/M.B.A. Program

The School of Business Administration offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science in Management candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Management and the Master of Business Administration. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the students to earn both degrees in five years. Specifically, as many as twelve of the credits required for the master’s degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

If for any reason students admitted to the IUG program are unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree, the students will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science in Management degree assuming all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

Admission Requirements

Students apply to the program via the Graduate School application for admission, and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the admission requirements for the M.B.A., listed above. Students should mention in the notes section that the application is for the IUG program in Business Administration. Students must submit a resume, a personal statement including career goals and how the M.B.A. will enhance their career goals, official transcripts of all post-secondary courses taken outside Penn State, two letters of recommendation, with at least one from the School of Business Administration faculty, and a plan of study that integrates both undergraduate and graduate requirements. The plan should cover the entire time period of the integrated program, and it should be reviewed periodically with an adviser as the student advances through the program. A graduate faculty adviser in collaboration with the Director of M.B.A. Program will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the program, unless students have not completed 24 or more credits at Penn State, in which case they must take the GMAT and earn a score of at least 450. If students are interested in a graduate assistantship, GMAT or GRE scores must be submitted by the end of the eighth semester.

The number of openings in the IUG program is limited. Applicants to the IUG program must have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Students must be admitted to an IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree. In addition, the applicants must earn a minimum of cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete the following Entry to Major courses or equivalent: ACCTG 211 [4], ECON 102 [3], ENGL 015 or 030 [3], FIN 301 [3], MATH 110 or 140 [4], MGMT 301 [3], MKTG 301 [3] and STAT 200 [4] or SCM 200 [4].

Student applications will be evaluated based on their overall portfolio, in addition to the above requirements. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee in Business Administration.

Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill all requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree, subject to the double-counting of credits as outlined below. Degree requirements for the B.S. in Management are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Degree requirements for the M.B.A. degree are listed above. Up to 12 credits may be double-counted towards the degree requirements for both the graduate and undergraduate degrees. All courses counted for both degrees must be at the 500- or 800-level. Credits associated with culminating experience for the graduate degree cannot be double-counted. The M.B.A. courses that could possibly be double-counted include INFSY 540, MNGMT 505, MNGMT 514, MNGMT 515, MNGMT 520, MNGMT 570, MRKT 514, and MRKT 570.

Integrated B.S. in Marketing/M.B.A. Program

The School of Business Administration offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science in Marketing candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Marketing and the Master of Business Administration. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the students to earn both degrees in five years. Specifically, as many as twelve of the credits required for the master’s degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

If for any reason students admitted to the IUG program are unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree, the students will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science in Marketing degree assuming all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

Admission Requirements

Students apply to the program via the Graduate School application for admission, and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the admission requirements for the M.B.A., listed above. Students should mention in the notes section that the application is for the IUG program in Business Administration. Students must submit a resume, a personal statement including career goals and how the M.B.A. will enhance their career goals, official transcripts of all post-secondary courses taken outside Penn State, two letters of recommendation, with at least one from the School of Business Administration faculty, and a plan of study that integrates both undergraduate and graduate requirements. The plan should cover the entire time period of the integrated program, and it should be reviewed periodically with an adviser as the student advances through the program. A graduate faculty adviser in collaboration with the Director of M.B.A. Program will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the program; however, if students are interested in a graduate assistantship, GMAT or GRE scores must be submitted by the end of the eighth semester.

The number of openings in the IUG program is limited. Applicants to the IUG program must have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Students must be admitted to an IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree. In addition, the applicants must earn a minimum of cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete the following Entry to Major courses or equivalent: ACCTG 211 [4], ECON 102 [3], ENGL 015 or 030 [3], FIN 301 [3], MATH 110 or 140 [4], MGMT 301 [3], MKTG 301 [3] and STAT 200 [4] or SCM 200 [4].

Student applications will be evaluated based on their overall portfolio, in addition to the above requirements. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee in Business Administration.

Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill all requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree, subject to the double-counting of credits as outlined below. Degree requirements for the B.S. in Marketing are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Degree requirements for the M.B.A. degree are listed above. Up to 12 credits may be double-counted towards the degree requirements for both the graduate and undergraduate degrees. All courses counted for both degrees must be at the 500- or 800-level. Credits associated with culminating experience for the graduate degree cannot be double-counted. The M.B.A. courses that could possibly be double-counted include BUS 515, INFSY 540, MRKT 514, MRKT 571, MRKT 572, MRKT 585, and MRKT 587.

Integrated B.S. in Project and Supply Chain Management/M.B.A. Program

The School of Business Administration offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science in Project and Supply Chain Management candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Project and Supply Chain Management and the Master of Business Administration. The ability to coordinate as well as concurrently pursue the two degree programs enables the students to earn both degrees in five years. Specifically, as many as twelve of the credits required for the master’s degree may be applied to both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

If for any reason students admitted to the IUG program are unable to complete the requirements for the Master of Business Administration degree, the students will be permitted to receive the Bachelor of Science in Project and Supply Chain Management degree assuming all the undergraduate degree requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

Admission Requirements

Students apply to the program via the Graduate School application for admission, and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, as well as the admission requirements for the M.B.A., listed above. Students should mention in the notes section that the application is for the IUG program in Business Administration. Students must submit a resume, a personal statement including career goals and how the M.B.A. will enhance their career goals, official transcripts of all post-secondary courses taken outside Penn State, two letters of recommendation, with at least one from the School of Business Administration faculty, and a plan of study that integrates both undergraduate and graduate requirements. The plan should cover the entire time period of the integrated program, and it should be reviewed periodically with an adviser as the student advances through the program. A graduate faculty adviser in collaboration with the Director of M.B.A. Program will help undergraduate candidates determine a sequence of courses that will prepare them for acceptance into the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) degree program.

The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission into the program; however, if students are interested in a graduate assistantship, GMAT or GRE scores must be submitted by the end of the eighth semester.

The number of openings in the IUG program is limited. Applicants to the IUG program must have completed a minimum of 60 credits. Students must be admitted to an IUG program no earlier than the beginning of the third semester of undergraduate study at Penn State (regardless of transfer or AP credits accumulated prior to enrollment) and no later than the end of the second week of the semester preceding the semester of expected conferral of the undergraduate degree. In addition, the applicants must earn a minimum of cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and complete the following Entry to Major courses or equivalent: ACCTG 211 [4], ECON 102 [3], ENGL 015 or 030 [3], FIN 301 [3], MATH 110 or 140 [4], MGMT 301 [3], MKTG 301 [3] and STAT 200 [4] or SCM 200 [4].

Student applications will be evaluated based on their overall portfolio, in addition to the above requirements. In all cases, admission to the program will be at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee in Business Administration.

Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill all requirements for each degree in order to be awarded that degree, subject to the double-counting of credits as outlined below. Degree requirements for the B.S. in Project and Supply Chain Management are listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Degree requirements for the M.B.A. degree are listed above. Up to 12 credits may be double-counted towards the degree requirements for both the graduate and undergraduate degrees. All courses counted for both degrees must be at the 500- or 800-level. Credits associated with culminating experience for the graduate degree cannot be double-counted. The M.B.A. courses that could possibly be double-counted include ACCT 540; FINAN 530; INFSY 540; SCIS 525, SCIS 540, SCIS 546, SCIS 565 and SCIS 570.

Student Aid

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.

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 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 Admissions test, or similar examinations by the deadline.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 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.

 


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 2017

Review Date: 8/22/2017

Editorial changes completed: 3/4/2013

Faculty linked: 8/14/14

 

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