Business Administration (Intercollege)

Graduate Program HeadBrian Cameron
Program CodeMBADM
Campus(es)World Campus (M.B.A.)
Degrees ConferredMaster of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
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The Penn State Online Master of Business Administration, led by the Smeal College of Business, is an online degree program of:

  • Penn State Erie, The Behrend College;
  • Penn State Great Valley, The School of Graduate Professional Studies;
  • Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College;
  • and Penn State University Park, the Smeal College of Business.

The online M.B.A. curriculum emphasizes cross-functional organizational thinking; focuses on solving business problems; closely follows the quality guidelines for accreditation of AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the accrediting body affiliated with The International Association for Management Education; and uses cutting-edge instructional technology to transcend issues of time and space to support effective teaching and learning.

Within the context of these goals, the online M.B.A. curriculum was developed around core business skills. The skills the program helps to develop include "soft skills" such as managing and leading people and teams, analytical skills such as data analytic decision making, and integrative skills that allow students to understand, analyze, and suggest solutions to significant business problems that cross functional areas of business.

These different skills are integrated at the course level. Students apply knowledge developed in these areas to multidimensional problems and issues throughout the program. The program is offered online and includes a required one-week residency experience at the start of the program. The residency is offered virtually in fall and spring, and on-campus in summer.

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.

Exceptions to GCAC-305 will be considered by the program. Exceptions may or may not be granted by the Graduate School.

Admission is granted only to candidates who demonstrate high promise of success for graduate work. Applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE); the test may be waived for students with extensive experience or advanced degrees at the discretion of the program.

Admissions decisions are based on a review of a complete admission portfolio, including an application, a statement of intent, a current resume, official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, two letters of recommendation, and GMAT or GRE scores.

No specific prior course of study is required to be admitted. Applicants come from a wide range of backgrounds. Students entering the program are required to have a working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite.

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 online M.B.A. degree requires a minimum of 48 credits. At least 6 credits must be earned at the 500 level.

Required Courses
MBADM 810Team Performance3
MBADM 811Financial Accounting 13
MBADM 812Economics for Business Strategy 13
MBADM 813Data Analysis for Decision Making 13
MBADM 814Leadership Communications and Change Management3
MBADM 815Ethical and Responsible Business Leadership3
MBADM 816Managing and Leading People in Organizations3
MBADM 820Financial Management3
MBADM 821Marketing in a Global Environment3
MBADM 822Managing Supply Chains in Global Markets3
MBADM 531Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship3
MBADM 830Managing in the Digital Economy3
Electives
Select 9 elective credits 9
Culminating Experience
MBADM 571Global Strategic Management 2 3
Total Credits48

Attendance at a one-week Residency Experience at the start of the program is mandatory. Following the online MBA course schedule, which involves completing credits in six consecutive semesters, a student can complete the program in two years.

Other Relevant Information

The online MBA is an online graduate degree program delivered via World Campus. Students must be computer literate and have immediate, ready, and reliable access to a computer and the Internet. Although not all aspects of the course are delivered via electronic media, Internet access is required to successfully complete the course of instruction, as well as participate in online discussion groups. See World Campus Technical Requirements for the most current technical requirements.

Students are required to complete the one-week residency experience. No alternatives and substitutions are possible.

Students may spread out their studies over a longer period of time to accommodate their professional and personal commitments, but it is strongly recommended they complete the degree in five years or less.

Minor

A graduate minor is available in any approved graduate major or dual-title program. The default requirements for a graduate minor are stated in Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-600 Research Degree Policies and GCAC-700 Professional Degree Policies, depending on the type of degree the student is pursuing:

Student Aid

World Campus students in graduate degree programs may be eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Tuition and Financial Aid section of the World Campus website for more information.

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.

Master of Business Administration (MBADM) Course List

Contact

Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Brian Harold Cameron
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Janet Duck
Program Contact

Stacey Lynn Dorang Peeler
220 Business Building
University Park PA 16802
sld138@psu.edu
(814) 863-0474

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