The MBA Program offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Other programs include 3-credit internships and a 1-year accelerated MBA. The strongest areas of study are management, international business, and management information systems. The most popular courses are Management of Information Systems and Strategic Planning Concepts. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus. The MBA Luncheon Speakers Program brings distinguished business leaders to campus to lecture during the lunch break in the Saturday MBA program approximately 4 times a year.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Accounting for Managers
- Global Environment of Business
- Legal Environment of Business
- Statistical Technology and Marketing Research
- Corporate Finance
- Organizational Behavior
- Quantitative Methods
- Managerial Economics
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements. Students can transfer up to 9 credits of previous graduate course work.
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 2 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 6 years.
In a recent year, there were 10 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 60% held a doctorate; there are 17 part-time faculty, of whom 13% held a doctorate. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 12; average business class size is 14.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, letters of recommendation, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is not required.
The number of applicants for a recent class was 197; 161 were accepted; 122 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.1. Transfers are accepted.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, a nonrefundable application fee of $30, and 2 letters of recommendation. The application deadlines are open for fall entry; open, spring; open, summer. Students are notified of the admissions decision as soon as the admission application file is complete. Once accepted, students may defer admission for 1 year.
In a recent year, about 55% of graduate business school students received financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $16,475 annually; maximum $30,725. The FAFSA, the previous year’s tax return, and the PHEAA are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
Tuition for all students is $515 per credit, or $9000 per year. On-campus room and board costs approximately $7500; books and supplies, $1000; personal expenses, $2000; and other fees, $270, for an estimated annual total of $19,770. Graduate student housing consists of residence halls.
Forty-eight percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time. The greatest percentage of students were from Pennsylvania (93%). Forty-nine percent were women and 25% were minorities. The average age at entrance was 32; ages ranged from 21 to 58. About 11% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 71% remain to receive their degree. In a recent year, 127 graduate business degrees were awarded.