The MBA Program offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) as well as a joint degree in nursing (MSN/MBA). Other programs include internships and work-study programs. The strongest areas of study are finance, management, accounting, and management information systems. The most popular courses are Financial Statement Analysis and Management Skills Lab. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus, including the Executive-on-Campus Program, Economic Outlook, and Business Ethics Forum.
Thirty-three total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 4 elective credits. Required courses include:
- The Executive Communicator: Presentation Module
- Computer Literacy for the Contemporary Business Environment
- Mathematical Methods Module
- Business Economics
- Financial Accounting: A Customer Focus
- Statistical Thinking for Managers
- Effective and Efficient Management of Operations
- Financial Markets
- Creating Customers through Effective Marketing Management
- Financial Performance: Control and Measurement
- Managerial Accounting for Decision Making, Planning, and Control
- Self-Assessment for Leadership
- Information Technology for Decision Making
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Competing in a Global Market
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements for all 500-level, basic core courses.
Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 3 trimesters.
There are 35 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 85% hold a doctorate; there are 27 part-time faculty, of whom 25% hold a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average business class size is 22.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.0. The formula for using the GPA and GMAT scores is (200 x GPA) + GMAT. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, motivation, and management potential. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 342; 208 were accepted; 150 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.15. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by graduate programs in appropriate geographic locations.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, a nonrefundable application fee of $35, and a resume. The recommended application deadlines for the full-time MBA are July 15 for fall entry; November 15, spring; April 15, summer. Students are notified on a rolling basis of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is June. Once accepted, students may defer admission if the request is made in writing to keep the student’s folder active.
The FAFSA is required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for all students is $655 per credit. Graduate student housing is available on request. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Fourteen percent of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 92% have had an average of 7 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students are from Pennsylvania (82%). Forty-three percent are women, 17% are minorities, and 6% are foreign nationals. The average age at entrance is 27; ages range from 21 to 51. Five percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 60%, business and 40%, nonbusiness. About 4% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 78% remain to receive their degree. In 2006, 218 graduate business degrees were awarded.