Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration, MBA

Location(s): Online


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The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program gives tomorrow’s leaders the vision and tools needed to solve organizational challenges in the near term while advancing their capacity to manage efficiently and wisely in the long term. The MBA curriculum breaks down disciplinary silos by integrating information, concepts, and tools to create and implement ethical and financially sound decisions; and to assess the prospective impact of those decisions on stakeholders at all levels. The program emphasizes the collaborative, integrated assessment and problem-solving skills demanded of ethical leaders, effective managers, and informed citizens in an ever-changing world.

MBA candidates can choose to complete one of three concentrations (Finance, Healthcare Management or Management) or can choose to replace the MBA concentration with a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting Essentials, Applied Economics, or Business Analytics. Any of these options allow the MBA learner to build specialized knowledge to advance their career in some of today’s most in-demand fields.  The MBA without a concentration is available on the Edinboro campus.

The MBA can also be combined with other master’s degrees, including the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master of Social Work (MSW). Students completing the MBA as a second master’s degree may be able to apply as many as 12 credits from their first master’s degree to the MBA requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes


MBA Program Level Outcomes

  • Solve organizational challenges in an uncertain, interdependent world by selecting and integrating business concepts.  
  • Leverage a variety of quantitative, qualitative, and technological business tools to inform evidence-based, ethical, and financially sound decisions.  
  • Assess the impact of business processes and decisions on the enterprise and its people, the community, broader society, and the environment as a whole.  
  • Set workable strategic goals, negotiate alternatives, and formulate ethical implementations through collaborative leadership and teamwork.  
  • Craft and present evidence, processes, and decisions through effective oral, visual, and written communications to a variety of stakeholders.  
  • Develop a personal plan to become an ethical leader, effective manager, and informed global citizen in an ever-changing world. 

Finance Concentration Outcomes

  • Maximize efficienty of available resources through effective source selection, allocation, and management of capital.
  • Make effective financing and investment decisions to maximize stakeholder value.
  • Develop and communicate solutions through an analysis of financial information and markets to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

Healthcare Concentration Outcomes

  • Solve organizational challenges in a healthcare setting by selecting and integrating concepts from management, economics, law, and information systems.
  • Assess the impact of the healthcare industry and its processes on the delivery of medical care and society.
  • Develop solutions and formulate ethical implementations to meet organizational objectives in the healthcare industry.

Management Concentration Outcomes

  • Enhance personal leadership and management competencies.
  • Refine organizational problem-solving and results-generating skills.
  • Develop ethical organizational leadership, management, and followership competencies.

Admissions Requirements


  • Regionally Accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of a 2.99-2.70 will be conditionally admitted with the stipulation of earning a 3.0 GPA in the first term
    • Regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.69 and below will be reviewed for a decision once the following documentation has been received:
      • Those that have graduated 20+ years ago and are working in a related field, may submit their resume for review.  Those that have not, must complete the GMAT with a 550 or better for consideration.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Core Credits Required: 21


Required Advanced


MBA Finance Concentration


The MBA Finance concentration prepares students with more advanced coursework in investments, portfolio management, financial forecasting and modeling, corporate finance, risk management, and international finance. Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in banking, financial planning, corporate finance, and investing.

Concentration Credits Required: 12


MBA Healthcare Management Concentration


The healthcare management concentration of the MBA program focuses on business management skills that are relevant to professionals in medical and healthcare organizations. Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in healthcare administration, medical entrepreneurship, and healthcare systems management.

Concentration Credits Required: 12


MBA Management Concentration


The Management concentration helps learners enhance their personal leadership competencies and refine their organizational problem-solving and results-generating skills. Importantly, the concentration emphasizes ethical management as well as the ability to follow and lead collaboratively in dynamic situations. Learners within the Management concentration can apply these skills across disciplines and within many organizational settings. The program provides a well-rounded degree that serves professional goals by building upon undergraduate foundations from any discipline, as well as the MBA core. 

Concentration Credits Required: 12


Related Electives


Total Elective Credits Required: 3


Total Number of Credits to Complete the Program: 36


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