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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.

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 recommentation, 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.

Stadnardized 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 waiver for applicants seeking graduate assistantships.

Please visit www.mba.com for more information about the GMAT or www.ets.org/gre for information about the GRE).

The candidate must 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
  • a copy of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (official transcripts will be required after being admitted to the program)
  • GMAT or GRE test scores (the test must have been taken within the past five years)
  • two letters of recommendation
  • resume (optional)

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

As English is the language of instruction, English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) may be required. Please see the English Proficiency requirements listed in the Graduate Bulletin.

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 proficiency examination inmathematics 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 of 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 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, ACCT 540, BUS 510, BUS 515, BUS 588, either FINAN 521, or FINAN 530, INFSY 540, MRKT 514. The prescribed courses develop key competencies in functional areas of business and BUS 588, a capstone course, integrates knowledge from all funcational 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 mangers to synthesize data to make strategic decisions; (3) the Finance Track provides advanced corporate finance and investment knowledge enabling mangers to apply various financial tools in decision making; (4) the Information Systems Track is designed to provide competencies enavling 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.

Tracks:
Accounting: The objective of this Track is to provide the student, when combined with an undergraduate degree in accounting or comparable additional coursework, with the stipulated number of academic credits to satisfy the educational requirements for CPA licensure in Pennsylvania and most other states. Emphasis is placed on advanced level accounting skills including auditing, financial reporting, and taxation.

In consultation with their adviser, a student shall select 9 credits from the following:

  • ACCT 504 Auditing Theory and Practice (3)
  • ACCT 510 Business Tax Planning: Theory and Practice (3)
  • ACCT 532 Accounting Information and Decision Systems (3)
  • ACCT 545 Strategic Cost Management (3)
  • ACCT 561 Financial Statement Analysis II (3)
  • ACCT 572 Financial Reporting I (3)
  • ACCT 573 Financial Reporting II (3)
  • ACCT 590 or 890 Colloquium (1-3)
  • ACCT 596 or 896 Individual Studies (1-9)
  • ACCT 597 or 897 Special Topics (1-9)
  • BUS 554 Master's Project (3)*

Business Analytics: The objective of this Track is to provide the student with data analytical skills that enable them to gain data insights and transform data into strategic decisions.

In consultation with their adviser, a student shall select 9 credits from the following:

BUS554 Master's Project (3)*
INFSY 535 Object-Oriented Design and Program Development in Business (3)
INFSY 555 Data Management Systems (3)
INFSY 565 Intelligent Systems in Business (3)
INFSY 566 Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (3)
INFSY 896 Individual Studies (1-9)*
MRKT 572 Marketing Research (3)
SC&IS 570 Supply Chain Engineering (3)

Note that a student should take INFSY 535 as their first elective if planning to select INFSY 565 as another elective.

Finance: The objective of this Track is to examine and apply complex economic and financial models and techniques in decision making. Electives for the Finance Track cover four areas: corporate finance, investment, financial institution, and international finance. This Track also assists the student in preparation for the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) exam.

In consultation with their adviser, a student shall select 9 credits from the following:

ACCT 572 Financial Reporting I or ACCT 573 Financial Reporting II (3)
BUS 554 Master's Project (3)*
FINAN 518 Financial Markets and the Economy (3)
FINAN 522 Investment and Portfolio Management (3)
FINAN 523 Risk Management of Modern Financial Institutions (3)
FINAN 526 International Finance (3)
FINAN 527 Derivative Securities (3)
FINAN 530 Advanced Corporate Finance (3)**
FINAN 531 Manageing Financial Operations (3)
FINAN 590 or 890 Colloquium (1-3)
FINAN 596 or 896 Individual Studies (1-9)
FINAN 597 or 897 Special Topics (1-9)

Information Systems: The objective of this Track is to develop a comprehensive understanding of information technology management and the software development competencies and tools that facilitate better business decisions. The required course for this track provides knowledge of object-oriented software development. Electives cover both information technology areas such as database management, web development and data mining, and management of information technology areas such as e-commerce, software engineering and global information technology.

Required Course (3 credits):

INFSY 535 Object-Oriented Design and Program Development in Business (3)

Note that a student should take the required course before taking other electives.

Electives (6 credits):

In consultation with their adviser, a student shall select 6 credits form the following:

BUS 554 Master's Project (3)*
INFSY 547 WEB Enabled Technologies (3)
INFSY 555 Data Management Systems (3)
INFSY 560 Data Communications Systems and Networks (3)
INFSY 565 Intelligent Systems in Business (3)
INFSY 566 Data Mining and knowledge Discovery (3)
INFSY 570 Software Engineering in the Analysis and Design of Information Systems (3)
INFSY 590 or 890 Colloquium (1-3)
INFSY 596 or 896 Individual Studies (1-9)
INFSY 597 or 897 Special Topics (1-9)

Strategic Leadership and Innovation: Modern businesses exist in an era of intense global competition and efficient management practices that result in the rapid standardization of even the most recently developed products and processes. In this environment, the ability to innovate is a critical organizational competency for crafting and maintaining competitive advantage. The Strategic Leadership and Innovation track provides students with the knowledge necessary for understanding the process of innovation and the organizational characteristics that facilitate the process. Upon completing the track, students will have the competencies necessary for leading the formulation and implementation of an entrepreneurial strategy.

In consultation with their adviser, a student shall select 9 credits from the following:

BUS 554 Master's Project (3)*
BUS 580 Sustainable Business Theory Functions & Strategy (3)
MRKT 570 Marketing Strategy and Planning (3)
MNGMT 505 Managing Human Resources (3)
MNGMT 514 Organizational Innovation and New Venture Development (3)
MNGMT 515 Labor Mangement Relations (3)
MNGMT 570 Leadership Development (3)
MNGMT 590 Colloquium (1-3)
MNGMT 596 Individual Studies (1-9)
MNGMT 597 Special Topics (1-9)

Supply Chain Management: The objective of this Track is to provide the competencies and tools for developing the effective and efficient physical flow of goods as well as the information and financial flows necessary to effect them. Emphasis is both on organizations needing to design, maintain, and optimize their supply chains, and those that provide the requisite enabling services such as those engaged in transportation, warehousing, information intermediaries, and third-party combinations.

In consultation with their adviser, a student shall select 9 credits from the following:

BUS 554 Master’s Project (3)*
MNGMT 523 Service Operations Management (3)**
SC&IS 540 Transportation and Distribution Management (3)
SC&IS 546 Procurement and Supply Management (3)
SC&IS 565 Supply Chain Strategy (3)
SC&IS 570 Supply Chain Engineering (3)
SC&IS 590 Colloquium (1-3)
SC&IS 596 Individual Studies (1-9)
SC&IS 597 Special Topics (1-9)

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

Select 9 graduate credits, in consultation with an adviser, to meet the objectives of the Track.
Individual Studies (1-9) and Master's Project (3) can be used to satisfy elective credits. With program approval, a maximum of 6 graduate credits may be selected in courses outside of the School of Business Administration.

*Providing that the project or the study is relevant to the Track.

**Cannot be used to satisfy elective credits taken as part of Foundation or Prescribed Courses.

Transfer Credit and Course Substitutions

Transfer Credits: Penn State allows a maximum of 10 transfer credits of high-quality work to be applieed 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 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 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.

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 program director. Students must be nominated for an assistantship by their program director. Students on graduate assistansthips 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.

Joint Degree Offering with the Penn State Dickinson School of 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

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

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 mathematics course demonstrated either by completion of a course or successful completion of a mathematics proficiency examination approved by the M.B.A. program; evidence of proficiency in computer 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 policies of Graduate Council.

Degree Requirements

To earn the M.B.A. degree, students in the joint degree program must complete all of the course degree requirements for the M.B.A. degree described 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 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. The 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

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 the M.B.A. program at Penn State Harrisburg web sites at:
Law.psu.edu/
Harrisburg.psu.edu/mba

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 Penn State Harrisburg M.B.A. program by completing a Concurrent Graduate Degree Programs Plan of Study.

The following are required for applicants:

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program: Completed Graduate School 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 concurrent degree form; 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 a college-level mathematics course demonstrated either by completion of course or successful completion of a mathematics proficiency examination approved by the program; evidence of proficiency in computer 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.

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 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. coursework 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. The sstudents 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.

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:
http://www2.med.psu.edu/
Harrisburg.psu.edu/mba


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: Spring Semester 2016

Review Date: 1/12/2016

Editorial changes completed: 3/4/2013

Faculty linked: 8/14/14