Students served by the MBA program are, primarily, nontraditional and reside in south-central Pennsylvania. With the exception of a small percentage of students who are full-time, they are employees of area businesses, state and local governments, and not-for-profit organizations, who study on a part-time basis. To accommodate both full-time and part-time students, courses are offered primarily in the evening.
The program is intended not only to satisfy current individual needs for professional growth, but also to foster lifelong learning. Students may expect to gain problem-solving skills as well as technical expertise, critical thinking skills, desirable attitudes and values, and participative strengths. Oral and written communication, research, integration of concepts throughout the curriculum and cross-functional approaches are emphasized.
Students may elect to take courses in “tracks” organized around a common theme and designed to be integrative and cohesive.
The tracks provide competencies and skill sets for decision making in four areas:
* E-business (INFSY 543, MRKT 586, INFSY 544, MRKT 587);
* Human Resource Management (MNGMT 505, MNGMT 515, MNGMT 545 and either MGNMT 520 or MNGMT 570);
* Financial Analysis (FINAN 531, ACCT 561, and 6 credits in graduate courses from Accounting and/or Finance);
* General Business (select 12 graduate credits in consultation with an adviser).