Business Administration (Executive)

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies.

Criteria for evaluating applicants include professional and academic accomplishments, recommendations, and personal data from application forms that provide indications of future academic and professional accomplishment. Applications for the Executive M.B.A. degree are only accepted for Fall semester admission.

Degree Requirements

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies.

The EMBA program consists of two distinct portions:

  1. preprogram competency expectations, including accounting, mathematics, and statistics; and
  2. a minimum of 40 credits at the 400, 500, or 800 levels, and a minimum of 18 credits at the 500 or 800 level, with at least 6 credits at the 500 level.

Of the minimum 40 credits, 28 credits are required core courses:

Required Courses
BA 512Quantitative Analysis for Managerial Decision Making2
BA 533Economics for Managers2
BA 800Marketing Management2
BA 801Management2
BA 802Team Process and Performance1
BA 804Ethical Leadership2
BA 805Negotiation Theory and Skills1
BA 810Supply Chain and Operations Management2
BA 811Financial Accounting2
BA 815Business Statistics for Contemporary Decision Making2
BA 817Communication Skills for Management2
BA 821Foundation in Managerial Accounting2
BA 831Foundations in Finance2
BA 832Global Business Environment1
BA 835Global Perspectives1
Select 12 Concentration Elective credits 112
Culminating Experience
BA 571Strategic Management (Capstone Course) 22
Total Credits40

Twelve concentration elective credits must be chosen from a list of approved elective courses maintained by the graduate program office. An example of electives is shown below.

Concentration Elective Credits

Strategy Elective (e.g., Strategy Implementation)2
Management Elective (e.g., Management and Change)2
Finance Elective (e.g., Global Finance)2
Marketing Elective (e.g., Marketing Comm. and Brand Mgt)2
Supply Chain Elective (e.g., Supply Chain for the C-suite)2
Capstone Elective (e.g., Strategic Leadership)2
Total Credits12
In addition to 12 concentration electives, students may be offered optional electives. An example of optional electives is shown below.

Optional Elective Credits

Global Immersion3

Student Aid

Refer to the Tuition & Funding section of The Graduate School’s website. Students in this program are not eligible for graduate assistantships.


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.

Business Administration (BA) Course List


Campus University Park
Graduate Program Head Brian Harold Cameron
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Louis Gattis
Program Contact

Teresa Avery
220 Business Building
University Park PA 16802
(814) 863-1460

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