Pennsylvania State University

World Campus

Master of Business Administration



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Online

Program Description:

The Penn State Online MBA is designed for managers with work experience in fields such as business, engineering, health care, and technology, who seek to position themselves for growth in the global economic environment. The online MBA curriculum integrates cutting-edge business strategies and practical business knowledge — linking management, marketing, finance, accounting, and operations.

Developed by the internationally ranked Penn State Smeal College of Business (AACSB), this online degree program delivers the world class education that you might expect from an on-campus program. You will learn from the same accomplished faculty—experts who research and understand best practices in the fields of organizational management and change, business and marketing analytics, finance, supply chain management, and more.

The Penn State Online MBA incorporates a focus on business strategies, collaborative teamwork, strategic leadership, and an integrative and interactive curriculum across all functional areas of business. The curriculum begins with 39 credits in General Management. As a student, you will:

  • Learn about the principles and practices essential to modern management
  • Apply knowledge to solve real-world business problems
  • Gain an understanding of how successful businesses operate
  • Integrate knowledge across key functional areas of business
  • Learn how to lead and manage strategically in the future

Upon completion of the core requirements, you can choose from more than a dozen in-demand concentrations to gain greater depth of expertise in a particular functional area:

  • accounting foundations
  • advanced accounting
  • business analytics
  • business architecture
  • business sustainability strategy
  • corporate innovation and entrepreneurship
  • finance
  • general management
  • human resource management
  • management consulting
  • marketing analytics
  • negotiation and influence
  • project management
  • strategic leadership
  • supply chain management

Students have the option to take advantage of career services support, global immersion experiences, and networking opportunities.

A defining component of our program is the five-day Orientation Residency held at University Park, Pennsylvania, at the start of the program. Designed to acquaint you with aspects of the program in a face-to-face environment, the residency provides an opportunity to meet your instructors and student peers, immerse yourself in a team performance class, and attend workshops covering student advising services, career management, stress management, alumni relations and networking, time management, and online technology. By the end of the five-day residency, you will have already earned credit towards the degree program.

GRE/GMAT waivers are available for highly qualified candidates.

Penn State Online MBA is ranked a top ten Online MBA program by U.S. News and World Report. With the Penn State Online MBA, you can trust that you will earn a contemporary, relevant skillset from a highly respected institution.  

Approximately 1 in 5 online MBA students is an active or retired member of the military. As a military-friendly university, Penn State offers a dedicated support unit to assist military members in applying to a program, utilizing military benefits, making adjustments during deployments,providing dedicated career services, and achieving their unique career goals.



AACSB accredited

International Student Requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English or who have received a baccalaureate or master's degree from an institution in which the language of instruction is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please visit our website for language proficiency requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 48

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 40,000+

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