The goal of the online MBA is to give you the decision-making tools to communicate, solve problems, and develop strategies across all functional areas of business. The online MBA curriculum focuses on the integral knowledge required to develop managers with the fundamental skills needed to be successful in high-performance organizations.
Operate at a Strategic Level
Penn State Graduate School faculty developed a curriculum relevant to today's competitive business environment. In the MBA courses you will integrate cross-functional skills across 6 business themes; upon leaving the program you should be able to evaluate and solve problems from multiple perspectives, making you more effective in your current role and preparing you for greater management responsibility.
The business themes are derived from the values and concepts found in the Criteria for Performance Excellence of the Baldrige National Quality Program and include:
- strategic planning
- customer and market
- information and analysis
- human resources
- process management
A Typical iMBA Course
As a student in the iMBA program, you will be able to work through the course content at a time and place that are convenient for you. Typically, a course is divided into lessons, with one lesson being assigned per week. You will be responsible for meeting due dates for activities assigned in any lesson. Sometimes an activity requires that you schedule times for team-based work during the week.
During each weekly lesson you will read the online material and possibly complete team and individual assignments. Individual assignments may include participating in a discussion through the course message board, reading assigned pages from a text or electronic reserve articles, answering questions and submitting them through the course drop box, and taking an online quiz. Team assignments may include the completion of a team project, writing a team paper, and discussing a case. Each course has a syllabus that contains an overview of the course and a list of all the assignments and their due dates.
Each course has an experienced faculty instructor to guide the learning process. Your instructor will be available for any questions you have. After an assignment has been received, it will be graded, and the feedback will be shared with you. Your instructor may provide feedback via surface mail, email, instant messaging, or an online grade book.
Create a Network of Professionals
In addition to the online courses, two residency experiences, of one week each, enhance the integrative focus of the online MBA curriculum and provide additional opportunities to interact with persons from a wide range of professional backgrounds. Both the online courses and the on-site experiences are highly interactive and collaborative, allowing you to build strong ties with others and gain perspectives from other disciplines and industries.
Apply Your Knowledge Right Away
Along with a flexible schedule, earning your MBA degree online while you continue to work full-time offers the unique advantage of applying knowledge as you learn. As a student in the iMBA program, you can apply course concepts in your job immediately. This practical application improves the learning experience and allows you to provide value to your employer each day. Also, you'll have access to your network of peers throughout the program, which may help you in tackling the challenges you face at work.
Convenient Online Delivery and Group Interaction
Penn State faculty have teamed up with professionals to provide you with a quality online distance education experience. Interaction is integral to effective online learning and critical to the focus of the online MBA program. Group work and team interactions are accomplished through a variety of technologies that enhance content and facilitate learning. Communication tools and applications include bulletin boards, email, listservs, chat, and web conferencing.
Course List - Master of Business Administration
In your first year you will study the fundamentals and integration of business areas. This will give you the foundation for developing additional strategic business skills in the 2nd-year course work. The residency experiences at the end of the 3rd and 8th terms will give you an opportunity to further hone your skills while networking with and learning from your peers and Penn State faculty.
|Markets, Industry Analysis, and Business Strategy||IMBA 501||How markets determine prices and activity in the business firm; the firm's microeconomic and macroeconomic environments; formulation of competitive strategy.||3 credits|
|Financial and Accounting Tools||IMBA 502||Introduction to financial systems and reports; development of ability to analyze financial information, apply financial tools, and communicate financial information.||3 credits|
|Data Analysis Resource Module||IMBA 513||Applications of statistical methods in business management: selection of methods, interpretation of results, and presentation.||2 credits|
|Organizational Behavior and Performance||IMBA 516||Analysis of conceptual models, systems, and decision processes consistent with high levels of individual, group, and organizational performance.||2 credits|
|Accounting for External Reporting||IMBA 515||Ability to read financial reports and analyze their content.||2 credits|
|Strategic Analysis||IMBA 521||Analysis of a company case; development of the ability to draw sound conclusions on business strategies and performance.||2 credits|
|Financial Management||IMBA 522||Principles of valuing capital investment projects and financial assets.||2 credits|
|Organizational Development, Intervention, and Change||IMBA 523||Analysis and assessment of conceptual models, systems, and decision processes for organizational development, intervention, and change; transformation and reengineering processes.||2 credits|
|Residency I Week||Integrative activity on-site at selected firm.|
|Corporate Governance||IMBA 517||Study of interrelationships among shareholders, boards of directors, and managers (owner agents) and other stakeholders in a modern public corporation.||2 credits|
|Project Management||IMBA 531||A problem-based, interdisciplinary course in project management skills and techniques needed to manage projects in a modern business environment.||2 credits|
|Accounting for Internal Decision Making||IMBA 543||Basic concepts, issues, tools, and techniques in the use of accounting information for internal decision making.||2 credits|
|Marketing in a Global Environment||IMBA 530||Global marketing planning and strategic formulation for profit and nonprofit firms in the creation, promotion, pricing, and distribution of goods and services.||3 credits|
|Managing Human Resources||IMBA 544||Processes and issues related to staffing and retaining human resources.||3 credits|
|Corporate Information Strategy||IMBA 550||Information technology supporting management decision making, operations, and creation of new products and services; electronic commerce in global markets.||3 credits|
|Corporate Innovative Strategies||IMBA 560||Formulation and implementation of a corporate innovation or technology strategy.||3 credits|
|Global Operations and Supply Chain Management||IMBA 561||Effective management of the flow of goods and services.||3 credits|
|Global Business Management||IMBA 562||Establishing and expanding businesses in global markets and managing multinational firm strategies and operations.||3 credits|
|Strategic Planning||IMBA 573||Application of knowledge in creating and sustaining competitive advantage; development of skills necessary for writing a strategic plan.||3 credits|
|Strategic Financial Decisions||IMBA 574||Advanced capital project analysis; evaluating levered investments; application of option valuation principles to strategic decisions.||3 credits|
|Residency II Week||Integrative activity on-site and program completion.|