|Graduate Program Head||Brian Cameron|
|Campus(es)||University Park (M.B.A.)|
|Degrees Conferred||Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)|
|The Graduate Faculty|
The Smeal Executive MBA program provides a concentration in Strategic Leadership and can be completed in as little as 17 months on alternating Friday afternoons and Saturdays at The Chubb Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, PA, complemented with two residence weeks on the University Park campus. In addition, every graduate has the option to complete one of Penn State Smeal’s online graduate certificates following commencement. This allows all students to receive the Strategic Leadership concentration through the EMBA curriculum while allowing each individual to choose an area of specialization. Students must formally apply and be admitted into the certificate program, and online graduate certificates must be completed within three years of graduation.
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 General Admissions Standards.
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.
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-700 Professional Degree Requirements.
The EMBA program consists of two distinct portions:
- preprogram competency expectations, including accounting, mathematics, and statistics; and
- 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:
|BA 512||Quantitative Analysis for Managerial Decision Making||2|
|BA 533||Economics for Managers||2|
|BA 800||Marketing Management||2|
|BA 802||Team Process and Performance||1|
|BA 804||Ethical Leadership||2|
|BA 805||Negotiation Theory and Skills||1|
|BA 810||Supply Chain and Operations Management||2|
|BA 811||Financial Accounting||2|
|BA 815||Business Statistics for Contemporary Decision Making||2|
|BA 817||Communication Skills for Management||2|
|BA 821||Foundation in Managerial Accounting||2|
|BA 831||Foundations in Finance||2|
|BA 832||Global Business Environment||1|
|BA 835||Global Perspectives||1|
|Select 12 Concentration Elective credits 1||12|
|BA 571||Strategic Management (Capstone Course) 2||2|
The 12 elective credits must be chosen from a list of approved concentration elective courses maintained by the graduate program office.
The culminating experience for the M.B.A. is the capstone course BA 571. This course is designed to bring together the many functional areas previously studied and integrate them into a strategic analysis of the firm.
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|
Optional Elective Credits
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.
Graduate Program Head: Brian Cameron
Director of Graduate Studies/Professor-in-Charge: Louis Gattis
Primary Program Contact: Teresa Avery
Mailing Address: 220 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 863-0476
Program Website: Smeal Executive M.B.A. Program