The Kania School offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Other programs include internships and joint research. The strongest areas of study are finance, operations management, marketing, accounting, international business, management information systems, and enterprise management technology. The most popular course is in management information systems. Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus through the Henry George Lecture Series and an Executive-in-Residence program.
Thirty-six total credits are required to complete the MBA, including 12 elective credits. Required courses include:
- Accounting for Management
- Organizational Behavior
- Marketing Management
- Financial Management
- Managerial Economics
- Business Policy
- Operations Management
- Management Information Systems
Students may eliminate or substitute requirements by having certain prerequisite courses waived.
The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 6 years. For students attending part time, the maximum is 6 years.
In a recent year, there were 35 total full-time graduate business faculty, all of whom held a doctorate; there are 3 part-time faculty. Faculty salaries are rated above average for Category IIA institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of credit hours faculty teach is 9; average business class size is 17.
A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 2.75. Most important admissions factors are academic accomplishments and ability, GMAT results, and work experience. A strong mathematics background is required.
The number of applicants for the 2006-2007 class was 102; 95 were accepted; 24 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.2; average GMAT score was 555. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by direct mail and graduate education fairs.
Students may begin the MBA program in the fall, spring, and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, and 3 letters of recommendation. Students are notified 1 month after the completed application of the admissions decision. The latest acceptable test date for fall entry is March. Once accepted, students may defer admission for up to 2 years.
The GAPSFAS or FAFSA, and the previous year’s tax return are required. Check with the school for current application deadlines.
On-campus room and board costs approximately $10,000; books and supplies, $1300; personal expenses, $2350, for an estimated annual total of $29,150. Graduate student housing is limited on campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.
Thirty-five percent of a recent graduate business school class were enrolled full time; 70% had an average of 3 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school, a factor preferred by the school. The greatest percentage of students were from Pennsylvania (60%). Thirty-four percent were women, 2% were minorities, and 33% were foreign nationals. The average age at entrance was 29; ages ranged from 21 to 50. Twenty-five percent entered directly from undergraduate school; 5% already had a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 50%, business; 30%, liberal arts; 15%, engineering; and 5%, social sciences. About 10% of entering students leave by the end of the first year due to academic or personal reasons; 90% remain to receive their degree.